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SMP Port, Kolkata starts Ship-to-ship LPG transfer with Bangladesh

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KOLKATA : Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port,(Erstwhile known as Kolkata Port) opened a new chapter in cargo handling by commencing STS (ship-to-ship) operation for LPG cargo bound for Bangladesh.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port had carried out a similar operation for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) in October when barges brought in LPG from  VLGC to the Haldia port.

Bangladesh has started using the Calcutta port to import cooking gas from West Asia, opening a new chapter of co-operation between two countries. A very large gas carrier (VLGC) is now anchored at the Sandheads, 145km south of Haldia on the high seas to carry out ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of cargo.

LPG will be transferred from VLGC, MT Miura to barges which will carry the load to Mongla port, 190km from the Sandheads. The port offers 25 metres of draft, allowing the entry of very large crude or gas carriers or capesize vessels.

Apart from ushering a new beginning in the Indo-Bangladesh relation, it will also open connectivity between Kolkata Port and Mongla port of Bangladesh, where the LPG cargo is bound for.

VLGC MT Miura carrying 11666.335 MT of propane and 32848.804 MT of butane from Trincomallee, Sri Lanka anchored at Sandheads at about 13:30 hrs on Saturday and on completion of customs formalities commenced discharging cargo at 17:06 hrs in LPG barge Senna 7.

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