Mumbai port repositioned as Project hub

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    In a bid to be up to the task for the stiff competition, Mumbai port (MbPT) is being repositioned as India’s project cargo hub port. This will be made possible by taking benefit of the many distinctive features and pluses native to the region. Its sheltered harbor water with deep draft and its enclosed dock system, make it a perfect port for handling heavy lift and project cargo.

    It is bound to become strictly a break bulk port as it has been trailing much of the cargo as break bulk. It has now become easily containerized to guarantee a shorter ship stay in port, reduced cargo handling and has thus, made it easier to safeguard cargo security.

    However, break bulk cargo for eg. Heavy lift project cargo needs specialization in handling. ‘Out of gauge’ cargo of 100 - 750 tons can be moved by a ship’s own gear provided they have jumbo-sized cranes.

    The revamped Mumbai Port (MbPT) has existing dock system that provides idyllic berthing for vessels at corner berths. This permits a suitable double banking facility alongside a vessel. The docks can even lodge extra-ordinarily long ships with overall length in excess of 900 feet. It has a distinguishing advantage of having a good connectivity that allows quick evacuation of cargo.

    Project cargo that gets manufactured at minor and intermediary ports in Gujarat are moved to MbPT by barges and are sent for onward shipment using the mother vessels. Machinery of turnkey projects, construction machinery, boilers, transformers, over dimensional power equipment, etc are commonly transported through the MbPT both for exports and for imports.

    The regular customers include Larsen & Toubro, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. Crompton Greaves Ltd, Godrej & Boyce, Suzlon Energy Ltd., etc. The barges are double banked with the mother vessels whose cranes lift them off from the barges and load them onto the ship.

    A case in point of Mumbai Port (MbPT) being a favored port is that JNPT has had to get their imported cranes unloaded at Mumbai port and then they were moved over to JNPT for erection. The largest private sector shipbuilding yard in India, ABG Shipyard, also have their large import packages of over 250 tons, unloaded onto barges at Mumbai and then taken to the shipyard in Magdalla, Gujarat.

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