Indian Port Closures at Nhava Sheva and Mumbai – Update as of the 13th August

August 16, 2010 Edward

Large vessel movement at Nhava Sheva Port continues to remain suspended due to the collision incident. Work on clearing the channel is apparently underway and there are confirmed reports that vessels of less than 10 mtrs draft are being escorted in / out of the navigational channel. Movement of larger ships will be permitted only after the channel is declared fully safe for their movement. Based on the discussions with the local shipping community this is expected to happen by the 16th August, however we still have not received offical communication from the Port.

Shipping Lines have started accepting Export bookings for vessels expected to arrive / berth at Nhava Sheva in week 33. This resumption of booking acceptance is partial in nature and depends upon the specific service / trade involved and commodity as some carriers are still not accepting bookings for Reefer / Perishable cargo. Carriers are accepting bookings only for local Nhava Sheva cargo and nearby locations and bookings for North India are still not being accepted.

The entire booking acceptance is subject to specific vessels being able to berth at Nhava Sheva in week 33, failing containers will not be allowed to gate into the terminals and will have to either be held at customers premises or at the nearby off docks.

Source: DHL Global