Cochin Port has created a record in cargo handling by discharging about 11,000 tons of river sand.
The vessel, MV Asha Prestige, which arrived at the port here on December 30, with 24,500 tonnes of river sand from Mundra port, completed unloading of the entire cargo by last evening, thus achieving an average daily output of more than 9300 tons, a port press release said.
This is also the largest parcel size of river sand that has arrived at the port during this season. The port had accorded berthing on arrival for the vessel and made available adequate storage area.
Considering the shortage of sand in Kerala, Cochin Port has offered its facilities for handling sand being moved from other states, especially Gujarat.