Container Ship Collision Forces Port Closures in Indian Ports at Nhava Sheva and Mumbai

We wish to advise that vessel movement at Nhava Sheva Port continues to remain suspended due to the collision between two merchant ships on Saturday 7th August 2010. The vessels involved were the MSC Chitra and the Khalijia 3. It is reported that the container vessel – MSC Chitra has lost at least 400 boxes and is said to be leaking fuel.

At this stage it appears that Nhava Sheva port will remain closed for several days. Nearby Mumbai port has also been forced to shut down. Shipping lines have suspended export bookings from Nhava Sheva. Export cargo is being diverted through alternative ports of Mundra or Pipavav. A number of vessels with import cargo have also been diverted to Mundra and Pipavav ports.

Almost 50 per cent of India’s containerised cargo moves through Nhava Sheva port, so delays are expected.

Source: DHL Global