As part of efforts to improve ease of doing business, the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) has introduced online berthing facility for vessels under instructions from the Union Ministry of Shipping.
“The trial on the facility has been successfully completed,” declared chairman of Cochin Port Trust G. Senthilvel here on Saturday in a statement issued to the press. The statement said online berthing facility, which started on July 20, was now available for all the berths in the port.
The introduction of the online system ends the era of berth meetings at the port offices and berths would from now on be allotted on the basis of online applications in the electronic mode.
The Port statement said the new facility would improve transparency, save time for the customers as they need not attend the berth meetings.
The port authority has stopped berth meetings with the commissioning of the new system.
Meanwhile, the port authority has commissioned a new heavy duty reach stacker. The new equipment has the maximum capacity of 45 tonnes, which can be used to handle containers stacked up to five levels. The equipment is “highly advanced” and has the facility of spreader rotation in 360 degrees, side shifting in both the directions and telescopic boom extension up to 19.5 metres. It can handle both 20-foot and 40-foot containers.
The reach stacker was manufactured by Tractors India Limited, Kolkata, in technical collaboration with Hyster of the United States. The equipment cost the Port Trust Rs.2,34,20,938.
The addition of the new equipment in the fleet of container handling system ensures that the containers handled at the container freight station (CFS) are serviced without any delay and with more efficiency.