The Fertilisers & Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT), a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers, has started using coastal shipping as a new mode of transport for fertiliser despatch to the east and the west coast of the country.
Kishor Rungta, Chairman & Managing Director, FACT and Dr. Beena, Chairperson, Cochin Port Trust (CPT) jointly flagged off the movement of the first batch of containers with 560 million tonne (MT) ammonium sulphate, in a function held at FACT’s Udyogamandal Complex in Eloor on Tuesday. The ship, SSL Visakhapatnam, is expected to sail with this cargo on Thursday from Cochin Port.
A total of 20 containers of ammonium sulphate will be despatched in this manner to Haldia Port for distribution to the farmers in West Bengal.
FACT is receiving active support from CPT in this endeavour. Fertilisers moved through coastal shipping will be carried onward through rail to reach the required destination.
AK Mehera, Deputy Chairman, CPT, Vipin R Menoth, Traffic Manager, CPT, Gautam Gupta, Advisor to CPT and Anil Raghavan, Chief General Manager Marketing, FACT, were also present on this occasion.
The shipping of fertilisers by sea is expected to ease the pressure on their movement by rail and road to a considerable extent, especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coastal shipping shall also help to ensure the regular supply of fertilisers to farmers in the country’s coastal states.