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Kollam cargo port urgently requires infrastructure like cranes for handling containers cargoes from vessels.
Recently, a multi purpose 1,600 DWT container vessel, MV Karuthal , arrived at the port as part of a trial run calling at various small ports of the state.
The captain of the ship Zaw Win Thein said that the port appeared very calm and looked ideal for receiving ships.
The docking was altogether more comfortable than what was experienced at the Vizhinjam and Beypore ports, he said. But he said there is a need to install equipments like crane to handle containers.
The arrival of the first container vessel at the port triggered some hopes on the port becoming operational soon. The port which was commissioned in October 2007 has been largely lying idle due to various technical reasons.
The ship coming from Dubai, carrying 94 containers, docked at the Kollam port after calling at the Beypore and Vizhinjam ports. The ship was bound for Kochi.