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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mumbai Port Trust News

Mumbai Port's 2nd Liquid Chemical Berth Inaugurated

(From L-R)  Ravi Parmar, Chairman, MbPT; Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways; Rahul Shewale, Member of Parliament and Yashodhan Wanage, Dy. Chairman, MbPT. Photo MbPT

Mumbai Port Trust commissioned its second Liquid Chemical Berth at Pir Pau on January 13th 2016. The facility was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. The second Chemical Berth is a modern state-of-the-art facility with four mooring dolphins, equipped with Quick Release Mooring Hooks (QRMH), two breasting dolphins having cell fenders with frontol pads for smooth berthing of chemical tankers and a service platform with a provision of seven Marine Loading Arms (MLAs) connected with 650 Mtrs long trestle having roadways and pipelines.

India to Roll Out $8 billion Smart City Ports

Cargo Terminal - Source: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

Indian shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government is working on an ambitious plan to build one smart city each at the country's 12 major ports. The plan estimates total investment of Rs 50,000 crore ($8 billion). Government moving ahead with its ambition plan to build twelve cities at twelve ports, as part of its ambition plan of building 100 smart cities in the country, Gadkari said. The 12 major ports under the Centre’s control have between them an estimated 2.64 lakh acres of land, which is being mapped through satellites and are major resources with Shipping Ministry.

Port of Mumbai: Monsoon Season & Availability of Anchorages

The foul weather season has been declared from May 25 to August 31, in the Port of Mumbai. During this period, the anchorage area of the [Mumbai] inner harbour is restricted to a line, which is normally north of the Sunk Rock Light House position. Hence, the number of anchorages that can be utilized would be restricted due to non-availability of anchorages to the south of this line. There is a possibility that A-3 anchorage also may not be available. Mumbai Port Trust will try and accommodate as many vessels as possible but may have to deny anchorage facilities due to non-availability of anchorage berths. The cargo working anchorage berths will be allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis…

Mumbai Harbour wall berthing

A view of the Mumbai port.

  With effect from 1 June 2014, Mumbai Harbour wall berthing at 18, 19, 20 and 21 Harbour Wall vessels will berth starboard side alongside and will have draft restriction of 8.5 meters. Vessels may berth port side alongside at 18 habour wall depending upon the weather and tidal conditions. No immobilization will be allowed at outer berths, i.e., BOS, BPX, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 Harbour wall. Source: Mumbai Port Trust Marine Department Shipping Circular

Mumbai Port's Storm Gate Closure

Mumbai Port

  Mumbai Port has announced that from 1 June 2014 to 11 September 2014, due to repairs to the outer lock gate, there will be no shipping operations inside Indira Dock Basin during night and the storm will remain closed at night.   During the day, the storm gate will not be operated. Shipping movements will occur approximately 3 hours before highwater to top of highwater,depending upon the prevailing tidal and weather conditions.Source: Mumbai Port Trust     GAC India at  

Indian Port Workers to Launch Indefinite Strike

Pic provided by Indian Ports Association

Port and dock workers in India are planning to go on an indefinite strike starting March 16th – they are protesting the government’s move to corporatize major ports. The original decision by workers to go on an indefinite strike from March 9 has been tentatively postponed to March 16, following a meeting called by the chief labour commissioner (CLC). According to S R Apraj, general-secretary, Mumbai Port Trust, on March 9, a meeting is scheduled with the Indian Ports Association; on March 12 with the shipping secretary; and, on March 13 with the CLC.

Vessels berthing at Harbor Wall in Mumbai port

Mumbai Port

  The Senior Docks Manager of Indira Docks of Mumbai Port Trust has informed by a circular that from !st June 2014, the 18, 19, 20 and 21 Harbor Wall vessels will berth starboard side alongside and will have draft restrictions of 8.5 meters.   Vessels may  berth port side alongside at 18 Harbor wall depending on the weather and tidal conditions.    No immobilization will be allowed at outer berths  viz. BPS, BPX,  18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 Harbor Wall.   

Cement Terminal likely at Mumbai Port

Ravi Parmar

The Mumbai Port Trust has resolved to create a cement terminal that will cater for the needs of the city of Mumbai. The city of Mumbai consumes approximately 1.25 MMT cement per annum to meet its developmental needs. Currently, this cement is moved by road/rail through neighboring states necessitating entry and exit of nearly 350 trucks per day, congesting the already overstrained city roads. In its bid to decongest the city roads, without affecting the city’s requirement of cement…

Indian Navy Submarine Explodes, Catches Fire

INS Sindhurakshak: Photo in the public domain

A loud explosion accompanied by a fire rocked Indian Navy submarine 'INS Sindhurakshak' docked at the high security naval dockyard in Mumbai early on Wednesday (14-08-2013) reports The Times of India, citing government officials. Many sailors on board the submarine reportedly jumped off to safety, but an official defence ministry statement added that there was a likelihood of some personnel being trapped inside. The Times of India reports that at least 6 fire tenders of Mumbai Fire Brigade and Mumbai Port Trust were rushed to assist the naval fire brigade to douse the conflagration…

Kandla Port: Scam and Corporatisation

Pic: Kandla Port Turst

Anti-Corruption Bureau in the state of Gujarat has ordered by a Kutch court to probe the alleged multi-million rupee scam in Kandla Port Turst (KPT), has filed a revision petition saying the case be handed over to a national agency like CBI instead, reports PTI. “Gandhidham unit of ACB filed a revision plea before the sessions court yesterday and challenged the magistrate’s order to probe the scam. We have demanded that the case should be probed by a national agency, probably CBI…

Oil Blast Sparks Off Major Fire in Mumbai Port Trust in Wadala

Image: Mumbai Port Trust

A fire broke out due to a suspected leakage in an oil pipeline passing through a land owned by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in Wadala in central Mumbai, but no one was injured. Fifteen fire tenders and 12 water tankers eventually doused the flames after a five-hour fight around 11pm. There were no casualties. Sources said the flames were spreading fast in the evening because of the strong monsoon winds blowing from the southwest. Dark smoke could be seen from up to 7km away in Lower Parel. The fire began at 5:50 pm.

Rickmers Tianjin Named in Mumbai

Rickmers Tianjin has now joined her sistership Rickmers Yokohama, seen here in the English Channel, on the Europe India Service

As part of its upgrading program for its Europe India service, Rickmers-Linie, has added the 17,000dwt newbuilding Rickmers Tianjin to the schedule. The base ports served are Hamburg, Antwerp, Genoa, Mumbai and Chennai but the service is capable of serving a wide variety of additional ports on inducement. Rickmers Tianjin joins her sistership Rickmers Yokohama and the charter ships Linde, Martin and Baltic Winter on the Indian service. On her maiden voyage from Europe, Rickmers Tianjin was named in the Port of Mumbai on 9 January.

Mumbai Port Registers 15% Growth

Ravi Parmar

Continuing its record breaking performance of handling all time high cargo volume of 61.61 metric million tonnes in the preceding financial year, Mumbai Port Trust has registered an overall growth of 15% upto 31st July this year against the corresponding period in the previous year. Highest growth of 55% was registered in the Iron & Steel segment followed by 18% in stream/transshipment cargo. The Port has also registered rise of 15% in crude oil imports and nearly 13% in POL products (imports). The cargo handled in the Indira Dock Basin has registered an overall growth of 15%.

Repairs to Mumbai Port's Lock Gate

Mumbai Port

Mumbai Port Trust in their circular No. MbPT Circular No. TM/ID/CIRCULAR/678  has informed about their plan to repair the outer lock gate through a private contractor. 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 is possible only during flood tide, which will result in restriction of vessel to loa 152 meters and beam 22.86 meters .

Mumbai Port's Container Terminal to handle Dry Bulk Cargo

Captain Vivek Anand

Mumbai Port Trust has allowed berthing of dry bulk cargo vessel at its OCT (Offshore Container) Terminal on trial basis following persuasion by members of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association to overcome congestion. The two vessels that were allowed to berth at the OCT Terminal were MV Julia Oldendroff and MV Interlink Fidelity. Welcoming the initiative by Mumbai Port to allow berthing of dry bulk vessels at the OCT Terminal, Captain Vivek Anand, President, MANSA said, “We appreciate the approach by Mumbai Port for taking a pro-active step towards ease of doing business.

Govt Asks Mumbai Port to Compete with Private Ports

Photo: Mumbai Port Trust

Mumbai Port Trust needs to bring about administrative reforms to develop ability to compete with the private ports, said Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya on an inspection visit to Mumbai Port Trust. He further expressed a need for the port to have a clear vision and road map for development for next ten to twenty years and appealed to all the stakeholders to work in this direction. The Minister held a meeting…

Ship Blaze Under Control off Mumbai

A major fire aboard the Colombo-bound merchant vessel 'Amsterdam Bridge' off Mumbai coast reportedly contained & cooling operations underway. Indian Coast Guard officials said, "The flames have been contained but not extinguished. The ship, carrying hazardous cargo, caught fire near the Prongs Reef Lighthouse in South Mumbai, reports the Hindustan Times. Coast Guard officials said that they have not witnessed any oil spill so far even though the ship fuel tank contained 2,600 tonnes of heavy fuel. The cause of the blaze is not yet known but the actual seat of the fire has been localised in hold number three of the vessel, officials said.

Mumbai Port Trust Plans Luxury Cruise Terminal

Photo: Mumbai Port Trust

The Mumbai Port, one of the oldest in India, will be investing Rs 225 crore ($33.68) to build a modern passenger terminal that can cater to cruise ships, reports PTI. "We have identified cruise shipping as a focus area, which can help the city as well. We will soon be floating tenders for a passenger terminal which will be built on a PPP model," Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) chairman Sanjay Bhatia said. Work on the terminal, which will resemble an airport and have the capacity to handle thousands of passengers disembarking from a single ship, will be over in next two years, he said.

Mumbai Port Trust Proposes to Develop Land and Waterfront

Photo: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

Mumbai Port proposes to develop its land and water front. It has about 752 HA of land in Mumbai city and its nearby areas. Out of this about 200 HA are used for port operations. About 500 HA of land is proposed to be developed with a mix of port operations, business, office, commercial, retail, entertainment, community projects and convention centres, etc. The proposed projects would also include renewable energy and waste water recycling, creation of spaces for community recreation and engagements, maritime museum, marinas etc.

Workers Shortage at Mumbai Port Affecting Vessel Operation


Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association has drawn the attention of Mumbai Port Trust towards the shortage of dock workers and winch drivers that continues to adversely affects the vessel operations and if need be to outsource these activities. Shortage of workers at the port has been instrumental in prolonging the vessel stay at the port affecting the turnaround time to 4-5 days from around 2-3 days, thereby escalating the costs. As against the normal requirement of 4/5 gangs (workers) per vessel, the supply is only of 1/2 gangs.

MANSA Seeks Berthing at Mumbai Port

Mumbai Port

In order to reduce congestion and lower the transaction cost, Mumbai and Nhava Ship-Agents Association (MANSA) have sought berthing facilities at the Offshore Container Terminal for higher dimensional vessels carrying large parcels of pulses, steel and general cargo. In a letter addressed by MANSA to the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust states, “These vessels cannot be accommodated and are required to be lightened at the Anchorage Port Lighterage Point. Such repeated occurrences have contributed to frequent congestion at the port.

Labour Shortage, Customs Red Tape Affecting Trade at MbPT

MANSA Logo Courtesy Kailash Rajwdkar

Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association (MANSA) has conveyed their disappointment to Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) over the extreme inconvenience faced by vessels calling at the port due to acute shortage of cargo handling workers. MANSA, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust states, “The Port is not in a position to allot the required number of gangs for ensuring normal rate of operations of discharge / load the vessels. Pointing out the manning levels prescribed by National Tribunal Award…

MANSA opposes MbPT's Revision of Ship Agents' Bank Guarantee

Bank Guarantee levied at other ports

Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association (MANSA) has requested the Mumbai Port Trust to re-consider the proposed bank guarantee amount levied on vessels calling at the port. In a letter addressed to the Mumbai Port Trust, MANSA said, “The time given for introducing this change may be extended till January 2017 end in view of the prevailing state of the banking to cope with work of demonetization and after effect. Earlier, Mumbai Port Trust in its circular dated December 14…

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