Monsoon preparedness at Jawahar Dweep & Pirpau berths

24 May 2024 / Mumbai, India

During monsoon, strongest tides are running across the harbour. In cyclonic weather sometimes experienced the strongest wind (up to 30-45 knows) and zero visibility during heavy rain.

  1. Master of tankers visiting Mumbai Port to monitor weather forecast before approaching the harbour and when vessel is alongside to berth.

  2. All craft to be manned as per safe manning requirements.

  3. Vessels to keep their engines readiness in short notice, keeping prevailing weather conditions in mind.

  4. Owners/agents/charterers to ensure that the Master is aware and provided with regular updates of weather forecast.
  5. You shall ensure that ships’ moorings are attended to, at all times, to ensure the vessels’ safe stay at the berths.

  6. If you fail to do so, you should immediately stop loading/unloading operations. You should then disconnect Marine Loading Arms.

  7. If wind speed does more than 20kts, stop cargo operations.

  8. If wind speed increase to 25kts, port will disconnect the loading arms.

  9. All vessels to carry extra mooring ropes as a spare line in case ropes parted or required additional mooring ropes.

  10. All vessels berthing during monsson at JD 4 Final mooring for JD4 berth 04 headlines & stern line, 02 breast lines and 03 spring lines (F and Aft).

  11. In case of emergency, contact VTMS/duty DMJD immediately on Channel 12.

  12. When vessel is alongside the berth, maintain continuous VHF watch on Channel 12. Failing to do so which cargo operation will be stopped, any delay due to stoppage will be on Owner/Master account.

  13. In inclement weather, loading arms and flexible should be disconnected.

  14. Master of tanker alongside to be informed to keep mooring lines tight at times, especially during spring tides.

  15. Tides are considered strong when the range is 9 feet and above.

  16. Berthing/unberthing operations may discontinue if the wind speed is in excess of 25 knows (Wind Force 6).

  17. Under keel clearance allowed 10% during normal weather, 15% during foul weather.

  18. Tides are considered strong when the range is 9 feet and above.

The above guidelines may be relaxed, having consideration to prevailing wind/weather conditions and any other mitigations circumstances (such as vessel’s manoeuvrablity, reliability of machinery, etc) in consultation with DMJD in charge.

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Source: Mumbai Port Authority Circular

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