Rathendra Raman, who belongs to the 1995 batch of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), has taken charge as the new chairman of the Kolkata Port, which has been renamed as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SMP). Prior to his new role, he served as the Chief Freight Traffic Manager (CFTM) in the South Eastern Railway. In his new position, Raman held a meeting with senior officials from both the Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex to discuss matters related to the port.
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According to a statement, Raman has been awarded the general manager’s medal four times and the railway minister’s medal in 2006 for his commendable work. He previously worked as the Chief General Manager of the Eastern Region for the Container Corporation of India, where he achieved several significant milestones such as the first container train movement to Bangladesh and container transportation to Nepal through the Jogbani and Bathnaha Rail Terminal.
About the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port
The Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, formerly known as the Kolkata Port, is a riverine port located in Kolkata, India. It is the oldest operating port in India and is the country’s only riverine port that has the capability to handle large ocean-going ships. The port is spread across two major locations, Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), which are situated about 203 kilometers apart.
The KDS handles various types of cargoes, including dry bulk, breakbulk, and liquid cargo, while the HDC primarily deals with bulk cargoes such as iron ore, coal, and petroleum products. The port plays a crucial role in India’s international trade, connecting the country to various global destinations through sea routes. It is also an important hub for inland water transport, with a vast network of barges, tugs, and other vessels connecting the port to various parts of India through the Hooghly River.