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Workers killed, operations suspended at India Dhamra Port

Staff Writer | August 16, 2017
Operations at the east coast Indian port of Dhamra were suspended Tuesday after four workers were killed when coal stockpiles collapsed onto them, according to shipping agents and local media reports.
India Dhamra Port
Incident   The tension is mounting
Following the deaths, the port offices were reported to have been attacked and the main gates set ablaze, shipping agency sources told Platts.

The Dhamra is a major thermal and metallurgical coal receiving port on India's east coast.

"The situation at Dhamra port is very tense since 1230 hrs (0700 hrs GMT) following the accident and the tension is mounting," a shipping agency source said.

The source said the Dhamra Port's chief executive officer and security officer were injured in the attacks.

"Rioting is still going on inside the port premises and understand that police have been deployed to bring the situation under control," the source said.

The port operations, vessel movements, loading/discharge operations, rake/truck movements have been completely suspended from 1300 hours Tuesday.

"Considering the intensity of the situation and damage caused, we expect it may take another 4-5 days to restore normalcy," the source said.