The historical milestone was achieved at its zenith on 8th June 2021 when ‘M.V. LAKE D’, First Cape Vessel Panama Flag arrived at Sagar Anchorage which is 80 Miles away from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP, Kolkata) and 25 Miles away from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC).
‘M.V. LAKE D’ one of the largest Cape Vessel of its kind with 66,000 MT of Steam Coal cargo bound for Nepal, built-in 2011 is manned by 20 Filipino crew was anchored at Sagar. The vessel sailed from Abbot Point, Australia on 10th May 2021 and en route took fuel at Singapore. Thereafter discharging about 95,810 MT of cargo at Vishakhapatnam, the vessel sailed for Sagar anchorage.
SMP Kolkata is having constraints of a draft in the channel and lock gate operation in the docks. By doing lighterage operation with this vessel which has a very wide beam and can carry a higher parcel load in a draft of 9.2 meters.
The cargo ship will go directly to a floating jetty, thus lock gate operation will be avoided and barges can go fully at any time & discharge at Haldia floating Terminal. An investment of Rs.170 crores has been done for floating crane and floating jetty. It has been an endeavor by the Port to encourage Trade to mobilize full load vessel especially Cape vessel for bringing cargo for Haldia Dock.