A huge Odd Dimension Cargo (ODC) consignment procured by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for its refinery project that landed in the Paradip Port has become an object of curiosity for the residents of the port town for its sheer size.
The ODC consignment is 72-metre long, 23 meter wide and weighs 995 metric tonne. It was delivered at the Paradip port by a Chinese vessel M V Yuan Jian.
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"It's the largest and heaviest ever ODC consignment to have been handled by Pardip Port Trust (PPT). Earlier, PPT had handled 350 metric tonne ODC some years back," said PPT chairman G Jagannath.
Cost of cargo transportation to the tune of over Rs 2 crore would be borne by IOC, PPT chairman said. The PPT authorities are facing a herculean task to move the cargo to the IOC refinery site at Sandhakuda area.
The ODC consignment was anchored at the Roll-On Roll-Off (RO-RO) jetty. The marine department transmitted the ODC consignment to self-propelled modular trailers (SPMT).
Trailers brought the consignment to Gate No-4 of the port to be taken by self propelled trailers through road to Sandhakuda IOCL site about 10 km from here.
A new road is being laid out for rolling on the cargo. Several commemorative structures, electric poles and road-dividers would have to be removed for safe movement of the cargo, PPT sources said.
The gigantic cargo has aroused curiosity among residents, the locals, mainly children, who are making a beeline to catch a glimpse of the huge object.