The Essar Group
Gujarat witnessed the berthing of the first mini-cape vessel in India – MV Kamlesh – by Essar Shipping (ESL). On its maiden voyage to Hazira, the vessel is carrying 100,000 tonnes of coal from Australia for Essar Steel.
Essar has created this new segment of 1,05,000 dead weight tonnage (DWT) and MV Kamlesh is the first vessel in a series of six that Essar will acquire over the next five months. This is line with the company’s strategy to strengthen its bulk carrier fleet with modern vessels as the world trade continues keeping pace with increased economic activity. These vessels can comfortably carry flexible quantities of coal / iron ore parcels to meet the growing cargo requirements of the power, steel and other core sector industries in India.
On the occasion of the berthing of the vessel, Mr AR Ramakrishnan, MD, ESL, said, “We are proud to berth India’s first mini-cape. Such vessels are also ideally suited to Indian ports as they are uniquely designed with shallow draft and have the capacity to carry more cargo, thus benefiting our clients.”
These double-bottom mini-cape vessels are built conforming to the standards of the American Bureau of Shipping. It will incorporate futuristic designs and the latest technology. The ships will be environment-friendly, comply with the latest and the most stringent regulations of the International Maritime Organization, be capable of meeting global trading requirements and will have excellent deployment.
These six state-of-the-art vessels built at STX Shipyard are specially designed shallow draft vessels that provide substantially higher cargo-carrying capacity.
ESL has an enviable track record of accident-free / pollution-free transportation. The company, through its operating track record of over 30 years, has significant expertise in sea transportation and supply chain management services to the steel, cement, refining and fertilizer industries, and electricity generating companies.