Disruptions and delays mount at Mundra Port following Cyclone Biparjoy

Mundra Port

The events following the Cyclone Biparjoy, have resulted in berthing schedule disruptions and landside congestion problems at India’s busiest box gateway, Mundra Port.

According to local industry sources, vessels are missing windows, leading to abrupt port call omissions. With service reliability challenges, carriers have warned shippers to expect delays to their export/import freight already in transit and planned for loading.

Due to yard congestion issues, carriers have also tightened empty container pickup windows for customers.

“With recent situation in Mundra towards equipment availability, we would request our customers to arrange transportation and pick up empties from the yard within 12 hours of allotment,” Maersk said in a customer advisory.

The Danish carrier also noted, “In case containers are not picked within this period, allotments might be cancelled by our operations.”

Adding to the list of sailing disruptions, Maersk today announced that the vessel Maersk Pelepas (325S) will be omitting Mundra and Pipavav on its current voyage into India due to “operational constraints.”

Containers planned on this vessel will be rolled over to the next connection from Mundra/Pipavav, it said.

“The upcoming MIDAS 2 (vessel) FAYSTON FARMS (0MTF5W1MA) will be omitting Nhava Sheva call due to the cyclone effect,” CMA CGM Agencies (India) said in a trade notice. “As a result of same, the vessel is also delayed calling Mundra.”

The turnaround slowdowns is also putting container train movements in/out of Mundra in a spot.

To that end, the Kandla-Mundra Container Transport Welfare Association has raised concerns over gate-in delays for exports and congestion affecting import clearance and equipment availability.

“These problems have led to a significant backlog of container movement at the port and CFS (container freight station),” the association said in a trade notice.

The trade body added, “We are making effort to resolve these issues at the earlier.  However, until operations are streamlined, delays in movement and cancellations may continue to occur. We expect the situation to normalise within the next seven to eight days, as we work diligently to address the existing challenges and restore regular operations.”

In addition to this the local railway authorities imposed restrictions on train operations to Mundra for a day on 22 June, reportedly for some track repairs.

Mundra had already been seeing cargo spillovers from Nhava Sheva (JNPT) after the latter decommissioned a berth for equipment upgrades.

Cyclone Biparjoy had forced all ports on India’s Gujarat coastline, including Pipavav and Hazira, to shut operations for nearly a week, dealing a heavy blow to the country’s containerised supply chains.

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