Due to draught constraints, large vessels with capacity loads cannot enter HDC. Such ships unload part of their cargo (Lighterage operations) at ports like Paradip and Dhamra before calling on Haldia. Because of this, additional costs are incurred by the shipper and Port also loses revenue. Even Panamax had to be partly lightered at Paradip/Dhamra to achieve Haldia Draft. In-order to avoid this, we have commissioned Floating cranes under Licence from Kolkata Port Trust at Anchorage to unload part cargo from these Panamax mother vessels to barges so that it can achieve haldia draft.
Even Baby Cape Size vessels which were not bound for Haldia are being fully lightened at Sandheads. This operation is ensuring additional cargo to Haldia port and also reducing the import cost of cargo.
The Floating Crane Specifications:- Barge:-
Length Over All : 55.00 mtrs
Breadth : 24.00 mtrs
Depth (Mouded) : 4.50 mtrs
Draft(Max) : 3.35 mtrs
Grosss Tonnage : 1700
Net Tonnage : 500
Crane Model No. : Liebherr CBG 350
Crane Weight : 265 MT ( Including Counter Weight )