The Senior Dock Master of Mumbai Port in his circular No. SDM/General/(10)/2014/1632 dated 16th June 2014 has informed that it is has planned to repair the Indira Dock outer lock gate by a private contractor. Accordingly the following schedule will be maintained.
Removal of the lock gate on 15th May during day by Port floating crane Shresta, this operation will be from 15th to 20th and resulting in no movements during day ie from 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs.
From 15th May to 13th September, Indira Dock will be tidal.
Since Indira Dock being tidal Navigation will only be allowed during flood tide, which will result in restriction of vessel to loa 152 meters and beam 22.86 meters. There could be only 2/3 movements in each tide and maximum permissible draft will be reduced to 8 mtrs, higher draft will be considered, depending on tide.
The officers of CME, DC/ SDM and Dy Traffic Manger are working on the finer aspects and will issue a circular within a day.
Shipping agents association other port users were persuading the port to postpone this repairs, as Traffic Dept and DC department were not in favor this repairs in monsoon. But due to financial implication the Port Chairman has not agreed.
As a result of the above situation congestion can be expected at the Harbour wall berths.