Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, received the first oversized cargo (ODC) transported by waterways at the Numaligarh refinery jetty on Friday. This is the first cargo to be carried out by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), the node authority of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways responsible for the country’s inland waterways, for the capacity expansion of Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). transported is 3 MMT to 9 MMT.
The MoU to transport a total of 24 ODC plus Overweight Cargo (OWC) for NRL was signed between IWAI and NRL last year in the presence of Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. On that occasion, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said: “Today, Assam witnessed a memorable event when an ODC was transported from Kolkata to Numaligarh via inland waterways.” This is the true realization of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of transformation through transport. While Modi is committed to making Numaligarh an energy hub in the region, its capacity expansion in a relatively short period of time would not have been possible without the smooth transportation of up to 24 ODC and OWC earmarked for the NRL expansion.”
“Facing the goal of strengthening India’s waterways, our ministry, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made it our mission to make this transportation swift and smooth. With the successful arrival of the first ODC at the NRL, covering a huge distance via waterways, the role of inland waterways in facilitating the growth of Assam and North East India is imminent and I believe they will play a crucial role in the rapid transformation our region into an economical, ecological and sustainable mode of transport,” added the minister. The first ODC was transported from Kolkata to Numaligarh Refinery Jetty via the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR) by an IWAI vessel – MV-Marine 66. The Diesel Hydrotreating Reactor (DHT) weighs 485 tons net, while the gross weight was 521 tons. The length of this reactor is 31.5 meters, the height is 8.250 meters and the diameter is 8.00 meters.
The ODC left Calcutta on March 18 and reached Numaligarh after traveling for almost three months via Bangladesh. With the support of the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI), IWAI has also been using three dredgers at five locations in Dhansiri since March to make this haul a success. These three dredgers are CSD Mandovi, CSD Brahmini and HSD Jia Bhoroli.