Only 9 cargoes at Kochi in 3 years

Vol 19, PW 25 (25 Aug 16) News in Brief

If you thought the stranded Kochi terminal had died from inactivity, think again.

After a two-month break, Kochi is set to receive what will only be its third spot cargo of calendar year 2016 on August 29. Singapore-flagged LNG tanker BW Pavilion Leeara is expected to arrive at Kochi at 6.30pm on August 28 after leaving the Gladstone liquefaction facility in Australia at 3.09am on August 12.

Late in the evening on August 23, the tanker was passing through the Strait of Malacca, a narrow 850-km stretch of water between Malaysia and Indonesia. "The tanker will berth at the terminal jetty early on Monday morning," says a Petronet-LNG source.

Leeara, a tanker built by Hyundai in 2014 with a 161,870 cubic metre capacity, is carrying a 66,931 tonne cargo for Petronet-LNG supplied by BG. Since it was commissioned in August 2013, Kochi has till date received just nine cargoes of which three were reloads from Dutch trader Trafigura.

Kochi last received an Australian cargo from BG on June 22. On April 5, it received a Nigerian cargo through SITME.