04 June 2010 11:02 [Source: ICIS news]
By Aamir Ashraf and Priya Jestin
KARACHI (ICIS news)--India and Pakistan were rolling out plans on Friday to mitigate any damage from a severe tropical cyclone that may turn to their coastal areas from Oman, with Karachi planning to move vessels away from the port and asking ships to delay arrival, officials said.
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“Estimates suggest the strong possibility of its recurving northeast towards
“The tropical cyclone is not likely to weaken further before approaching
“We have also asked companies to delay their cargos for a day or so,” a senior Karachi Port Trust official told ICIS news.
Following the cyclone alert, Shell Pakistan moved a shipment of 9,000 tonnes of JP-1 to outer sea, a company source said, while a source close to s
Karachi Port Trust officials said a ship carrying 31,000 tonnes of naphtha to be sailed later in the day, was likely to be the last port activity expected before the cyclone hit
Three container ships with polymers had been diverted off Karachi by the port authorities to an undisclosed destination, a trader said. One of the ships was carrying polymers from Saudi Arabia, he added.
Converters based in the port city were also getting ready to shut down their plants if the storm intensifies, the trader said.
Meanwhile, Indian government officials held meetings with industrialists, including officials of
“The government has drawn up a plan in case the cyclone strikes, and we will take all pre-emptive measures,” said an official from IFFCO.
IFFCO runs a 545,000 tonne/year urea plant at Kalol in
Reliance Industries’ complex at
A source at Tata Chemicals said: “We already have a disaster management plan in place, which ensures the safety of our workers. Right now, we don’t see the need to activate it.”
Additional reporting by Prema Viswanathan in Singapore
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