Paradip, May 6 (LocalWire): The navigational buoys of Paradip Port Trust drifted out of their position after Cyclone Fani hit the port town. These buoys are kin to lights that mark the edges of a runway.
The navigational channels are marked by these buoys through which ships enter the port. In their absence, ships find it difficult to set their course and move inside.
PPT had recently invested in the ‘harbour pilot’ systems where pilots armed with a laptop and GPS device, chart out the exact position of the ship while on the move. In the aftermath of the cyclone, this system was put to use and ships for all berths in the port were moved inside for cargo operations.
Over 3.5 lakh tonnes of cargo was handled yesterday with the help of the marine team of PPT headed by Captain Atul Kumar Mohapatra.
This is probably a first maritime movement in India carrying out shipping movement during day and night without a single navigational buoy in the channel.
PPT chairman, Rinkesh Ray, congratulated the team for their heroic effort in brinGing normalcy to port operations.