The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has offered its services in transporting JN Port-designated containers, that had to be unloaded at Mundra Port as a result of the collision in the JNP/Mumbai harbour channel, back to the Port, according to Exim News Service.
The August 7 sea mishap led to the closure of JNP, due to which a number of vessels bypassed JNP and discharged the boxes bound for the Port at Mundra instead.
SCI has kept 3 vessels on standby, which can be availed of by the trade to bring back the boxes to Nhava Sheva from Mundra, once the channel is reopened for ship movement.
The average size of these vessels is 1,600-TEU, it is learnt.
Salvage and cleanup operations continued in the channel in order to make it navigable once again and facilitate resumption of operations at the two Ports.
Currently, 9-10 vessels are waiting to sail out of JN Port, while over 15 are wanting to come in. The Port, on average, handles 5-6 vessels a day and 11,000-12,000 TEUs.
At Mumbai Port, the figure is 4 vessels each waiting to go out and come in. It normally has 4-5 vessels docking and 3-4 undocking every day.
Revenues of the two Ports and associated facilities have been hit hard, it is learnt.
Reacting to the recent disruption of traffic in JNP and Mumbai Port which account for over 60 per cent of the container traffic, Mr A. Sakthivel, President of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (Fieo), said this would impact trade cargo worth about $ 4 billion, unless the situation is resolved by the weekend.
He calculated that since each day’s delay at the port would cost about 0.5 per cent of the value of the cargo, importers and exporters would suffer a loss of $ 20 million.
He, therefore, urged the government to waive the demurrage, detention and other charges arising from suspension of operations at JNP and Mumbai Port.
He feared that this stoppage of movement would impact even the back-end operations, both at the production level in factories and at JNP.
Mr Sakthivel called for co-ordinated action on a war-footing to bring operations at the Ports back to normalcy.