Goa port to tackle dubious iron ore shipments

October 17th, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Oct 17 (IANS) Mormugao Port Trust, Goa’s only major port, said it will crack down on ore exporters shipping across dubious consignments of iron ore whose source and authenticity is not established.

Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) chairman P. Mara Pandiyan said in an official statement that he had instructed all leading exporters of iron ore in Goa to double check the authenticity of their consignments, failing which the ship carrying the consignment will not be allowed to set sail.

“They should take sufficient care to ensure only legally permissible iron ore is sent to the port…

“If the stipulated rules are not followed, the port will go to the extent of stopping vessel movement which will result in heavy loss for the exporter,” said the official of Goa’s only major port, located 35 km from here.

The whip-cracking by the MPT comes in wake of a mega mining scam in Goa, which the opposition has pegged at Rs.25,000 crore.

Official statistics published by the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA), a body of iron ore exporters, has pointed out that nearly seven million tonnes of unaccounted ore was shipped out of Goa recently.

This included five million tonnes from a minor port off Panaji and two million tonnes from the MPT.

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