India: Penna Cements has started operating its terminal and bagging plant at Cochin Port in Kochi, Kerala. The first vessel to visit the unit, Penna Suraksha, delivered a consignment of 25,000t from Krishnapatnam Port, according to the Hindu newspaper. The terminal had an investment of US$8m.
The new terminal has a cement capacity of 0.3Mt/yr. It is intended to serve the local market in Kerala. It joins terminals run by Zuari Cement, Ambuja Cement and UltraTech Cement that also operate at the port.
The Penna Suraksha is reportedly the largest self-discharging vessel in Asia. As well as carrying a load of 25,000t of cement it can discharge up to 1000t/hr of cement. It uses a ship unloader supplied by Germany’s IBAU Hamburg.