CHENNAI: In Trade Notice 15 dated 30 May 2017, Kamarajar Port announces that all vessels calling at Indian Major Ports have to register mandatorily at Port Community System (PCS) by their Vessel Operating Agent (VOA)/Shipping Agent (SA) and in response VOA/SA gets Vessel Call Number (VCN) allotted by the Port through PCS.
In order to arrive at actual turnaround time of the vessel calling at the port, it has been decided that turnaround time shall start from the time the vessel is ready in all respects to commence the cargo handling viz:
a) Vessel’s readiness b) cargo readiness c) Ullage d) Payment of Port dues (vessel related & Cargo related) e) Hatch Inspection, etc.
In this regard, all the vessel operating agents are directed:
A) To submit their berthing application through PCS and it is mandatory.
B) The berthing application in PCS shall be submitted after obtaining VCN and only when the vessel is ready in all respects of cargo handling operations.
C) Any VOA/SA applying in PCS for berthing without complying with above norms besides losing seniority of the vessel for berthing, shall be liable for penalty charges for the wrongful declaration or any other action deemed fit by the port authority.