MUMBAI: Shipping Lines have expressed their apprehensions over calling at Mumbai Port following reduced draught levels making their position vulnerable while berthing.
In a letter addressed to Chairman of Mumbai Port, Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association has pointed out the decline in draught levels would lead to bunching of deep draught vessels increasing their turn around and waiting time at berth.
As per the data shared in the letter, the draught levels have dropped to as low as 5.3 metres at some berths compared to the minimum desired levels of 9.1 metres.
“It is understood that Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) have been awarded the contract but are unable to meet the target. As per information, DCI are inadequately equipped resulting in large quantities of silt remained in the sea bed creating patches. The flaw in dredging is attributable to utilization of inappropriate dredgers,” said the letter.
The issue pertains to the berths inside and outside at harbor wall, BPS/BPX as well as Indira Dock Channels where draught levels have fallen much below desired levels.