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ROIP system inaugurated at SMP Port, Kolkata; BPCL Conducted 1st Ship-to-ship LPG transfer at SMP Port

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For the first time in major ports, ROIP system inaugurated at SMP Port, KolkataOn October 26, 2021, the Radio over Internet Protocol (ROIP) System at Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP, Kolkata), West Bengal (WB) was inaugurated for the first time in any Major Indian Port. It is being introduced as a marine communication mode covering the entire Hugli River Estuary from Kolkata to Sandheads, having base stations at 4 Locations.

  • With this facility, vessels at Sandheads can be directly communicated via Radio, from Kolkata, specially during storms and inclement weather.
  • Sandheads is a stretch of open sea nearly 130 km from Haldia, WB.
  • SMP, Kolkata is the only riverine port in India.

BPCL Conduct’s 1st Ship-to-ship LPG transfer at Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port

Again for the first time ever in the history of major ports, SMP, Kolkata has successfully handled ship-to-ship (STS) lighterage operation of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) of BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) at Sandheads.

  • BPCL had hired M/s Fendercare Marine as a service provider for the offshore STS site.

Key Points:

i.Under this operation, a quantity of 23,051 MT (metric ton) of cargo was transferred to the daughter vessel, MT Hampshire, in 17 hours from mother vessel, MT Yushan, with a parcel load of 44,551 MT cargo.

ii.For BPCL, this ship-to-ship lighterage operation under Haldia Dock System will save time by 7-9 days and USD 3,50,000 (approximately Rs 2.6 crore) per voyage.

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About Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata:

It is the oldest operating port in India and was constructed by the British East India Company.
Chairman– Vinit Kumar