First Over Dimensional Cargo for Numaligarh Refinery received by Sarbananda Sonowal

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Sarbananda Sonowal

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal received the first over dimensional cargo (ODC) transported via waterways at Numaligarh Refinery jetty (Assam) on 16th June.

An overview of the news

  • The ODC was transported by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) vessel MV Marine 66 from Kolkata to Numaligarh Refinery Jetty via Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR).

  • The Diesel Hydrotreating (DHT) reactor had a net weight of 485 MT, while the gross weight was 521 MT.

  • The length of this reactor is 31.5 m while the height is 8.250 m and the diameter is 8.00 m.

  • This is the first consignment transported by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), the nodal agency in charge of inland waterways in the country, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, to augment the capacity of Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) from 3 MMT to 9 MMT.

  • The MoU for transportation of Over Weight Cargo (OWC) with a total of 24 ODCs for NRL was signed between IWAI and NRL last year.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

  • IWAI is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Government of India. 

  • It plays a crucial role in the development, maintenance, and regulation of the country's inland waterways. 

  • It was established on 27th October 1986.

  • Its headquarters is located in Noida, UP.

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