21 March 2013 08:47 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India’s Kandla Port and Mumbai Port are currently congested due to a lack of berths leading to vessel delays, industry sources said on Thursday.
“Kandla and Mumbai are congested. [There is] lack of space for more than 10 days and vessels are stuck,” a Singapore-based shipowner said.
The crunch is linked to stable-to-firm demand for commodity cargoes to India in the past few weeks, according to industry sources.
Kandla Port typically adopts a preferential system for government vessels and, as a result, cargoes of private companies may experience slight delays.
“Normally, vessels carrying government cargoes get preference in Kandla. So [it means] more waiting time for others,” an India-based shipping source said.
Other than Kandla and Mumbai, major ports in India include the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Paradip, New Mangalore, Marmagao, Ennore, Tuticorin, and Visakhapatanam.
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