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IWAI Creates Historic moment by carrying 3275 MT ODC for NRL Expansion

Single Heaviest ODC at 1286 MT sails successfully through river Brahmaputra on NW 2

Guwahati, 28 July, 2023: Inland Waterways Authority of India
(IWAI), the statutory authority on inland waterways in the country
under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW),
transported heaviest ODCs meant for Numaligarh Refinery’s
expansion project. The cumulative weight of the three ODCs is
more than 3275 MT. The heaviest of the three is at 1286 MT,
making it the single largest ODC ever to be transported via
Brahmaputra. The other two ODCs are weighed at 1248 MT and
741.12 MT. All the three ODCs set sail together from Diamond
Harbour in Kolkata to NRL jetty through Indo Bangladesh Protocol
Route (IBPR), and then on to National Waterways 2 (Brahmaputra)
and National Waterways 31 (Dhansiri). IWAI is transporting as many
as 24 ODCs for NRL expansion project as per an MoU signed in
2021, in the presence of Union Minister of Ports, Shipping &
Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping
& Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “It is a
watershed moment for the inland waterways transportation of India
as its efficiency and efficacy as an alternative mode is now
successfully established. Buoyed by the vision of Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modi ji, the government has been emphasising on
bringing in transformative solutions to multiple issues associated
with on road transportation. The successful transit of heavy ODCs
going upstream from Kolkata to Numaligarh is a manifestation of
the immense possibilities that Inland waterways possess for India,
and especially for Assam and the Northeast. Honourable Prime
Minister Shri Modi ji always envisioned enabling our rich & complex
inter web of riverine system for a cost effective, environment
friendly and yet efficient mode of transportation. After the mega
success of river tourism through world’s longest river cruise, Ganga
Vilas, sailing from Varanasi to Dibrugarh, we have now established
a viable possibility through inland waterways to unlock value for the
economy and growth of trade and commerce, especially in the
rural areas by the banks of the waterways. As the new engine of
growth of India, the Northeast and Assam is poised for a new age
of growth in trade and commerce with novel possibilities.”
Of the three, the heaviest ODC was carried by MV Focus XII with
Marine 108. The ODC with 1248 MT was carried by Tug Sanket
with Torsa III and the ODC with 741.12 MT was carried by MV
Gwalior with Topaz I
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