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Chennai's stormy skies keep port of call silent

This will have a cascading impact for a prolonged period even after the floods are over,” Cyril C George, deputy chairman at the Chennai Port, told ET.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 04, 2015, 03.11 AM IST
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This will have a cascading impact for a prolonged period even after the floods are over,” Cyril C George, deputy chairman at the Chennai Port, told ET.
This will have a cascading impact for a prolonged period even after the floods are over,” Cyril C George, deputy chairman at the Chennai Port, told ET.
MUMBAI: Operations at the Chennai Port, especially in the container segment, have been thrown awry by the catastrophic floods that have hit the city, impacting exports for several businesses including auto makers. “Movement of containers has been severely impacted.

This will have a cascading impact for a prolonged period even after the floods are over,” Cyril C George, deputy chairman at the Chennai Port, told ET. Containers are usually deployed to carry specialised items including machinery parts and even fullybuilt vehicles. George said bulk cargo operations has also been impacted but that liquid handling is still fine. “We are trying to assess the exact impact and will come up with some estimates shortly,” he said.

Chennai Port, one of the busiest in the country, handles 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container cargo and 52 million bulk cargo annually, said George. Chennai has been facing the heaviest rainfall in a century, leading to massive disruption of life and property, driving people from their homes, forcing a shutdown of factories and of the city’s airport.
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