MPT looks for spike in visiting cruise vessels

Does Jeyakumar even know the impact of cruise liners on marine life and the environment? are we only interested in profits over ecology and the people?


The Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) is likely to ink more deals with vessels transporting iron ore, granite, and steel, even as it looks for a rise in the number of visiting cruise ships, chairman I Jeyakumar said on Saturday.

With 36 cruise liners already having docked at the port until now and 47 more scheduled to sail in, Jeyakumar said the MPT has set its sights on a minimum of 100 cruise ships visiting the state annually, by the year 2022. “There is a general view that cruises are a loss-making business. It is not so,” he said. Both, national and international cruise ships dock at the MPT.

Emphasizing that the port does it best to curb pollution, Jeyakumar said that the parties concerned are given clear instructions about the precautions and safety measures to be taken while handling cargo, in the contracts they sign with MPT. The port, he said, uses tubes or covered conveyors in handling operations and loading of railway wagons. Fog mist cannons are also deployed during operations to contain dust pollution.

In an attempt to avoid inconvenience to members of the general public, the port usually has cargo unloaded during nightfall. Jeyakumar further proposed transportation of cargo via road from 10pm to 6am.

 When asked about the recent incident at Khariawada, when locals complained that gypsum pieces and wood chips were found strewn along the shore and in their houses, Jeyakumar said, “While we can’t deny the entry of any type of cargo, we advise against consignments of gypsum and other such materials being sent to the port.”
The MPT handled 14.72 million tonnes of iron ore in 2016, compared to 3.78 million tonnes in the previous year. A total of 33.18 million tonnes of cargo was also handled, Jeyakumar said, pointing to a 59% growth in the sector.
A spurt in container trade and export of steel products was also recorded.