The recent Phailin cyclone-hit ports in Odisha are now resuming operations again. The Paradip Port Trust, which had halted cargo operations in its area on October 11 due to Phailin strike, has started its operations partially by allowing small-sized vessels.
Due to the cyclone, the port did not report major damage to its properties. However, uprooting of some 10,000 trees blocked key roads to its dock area. The port will start full scale loading and unloading by October 17 after assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, said officials.
On October 14, the port decided to allow vessels up to a draught of 13 metres, to berth inside the port area for cargo loading and unloading. A total of three vessels were permitted to upload and unload cargo, mainly coal, with a total traffic of 58,200 tonne. A large part of coal for power generation in Tamil Nadu is shipped via the Paradip port.