Delays at Indian Ports

As Heavy Lift Operators Association reports,  heavy lift vessels visiting Indian ports are in for berthing delays at various ports. In Mumbai Port, berthing delays of approx 10 days for vessel opting for BPS & BPX berths and for Harbour wall berth it is 8 days. For priority vessels it is approx 4 to 5 days. In Kandla port berthing delays in normal import  is 8 to 9 days & normal export group is approx 2 to 3 days, and in 24 hours group it is expected to be between 24 hours to 36 hours

The Journal of Commerce reports intermodal rail delays at the ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav, two major container gateways on India’s west coast.  This has  prompted Hapag-Lloyd to announce an “on-carriage congestion surcharge” on inbound shipments destined for the northern Tughlakabad inland terminal. The surcharge of $25 per 20-foot-equivalent unit will go into effect on September 8th.

Located near Delhi, Tughlakabad is India’s biggest inland facility with an annual capacity of about 400,000 20-foot-equivalent units.

Nhava Sheva and Pipavav have been struggling with backlogged import containers in recent weeks, forcing port users to seek intervention with state-owned rail operator Container Corp. of India. Bowing to pressure from user associations, particularly the Mumbai-Nhava Sheva Ship Agents’ Association, Concor has agreed to deploy additional trains on its northern corridor to help clear accumulated boxes and restore normalcy in port rail yards.

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