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MANSA seeks repair of Western Leaf Inner Lock Gate at Mumbai Port


The Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies (MANSA) has reiterated its request towards expeditious repairs and restoration of the Western Leaf Inner Lock Gate at Mumbai Port.


In a letter addressed to the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, MANSA said, "MANSA once again requests your kind self to consider our appeal for expeditious repairs of the Lock Gate as the inner docks became tidal and vessels with deep draughts of more than 7 m are prevented to berth. Though recently the inner basin circle was dredged and deepened to 8 m, the depth is bound to reduce once again soon due to the exposure of the basin to the tides. As the inner Lock Gate remains open throughout, the siltation recurs and the depths would degenerate speedily causing mud accumulation under water. This situation is likely to cause tremendous pressure for berthing vessels at the Harbour Wall and BPS/BPX berths during forthcoming monsoon."


MANSA has also requested for relaxation in berthing of vessels at Offshore Container Terminal 1 and 2 in light of the delay in repairs and restoration.


In the letter, MANSA pointed out that the salvage section could not succeed in carrying out the repairs of the fault in underwater roller path of the Lock Gate, and the job remained undone for more than a year or so. The planned repairs’ contract was in process for several days and there is no prospect to award the contract anytime in the near future.


It therefore expects there to be abnormal delay, resulting in mounting pressure on the deep draught berths in the outer docks in due course, that will lead to increase in turnaround time of the vessels.


Given these issues, MANSA has earnestly appealed to the Chairman to intervene in the matter and prevail on the concerned departments to take action immediately without any further delay, said a release.


Source : Exim News Service - MUMBAI, Feb. 10


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