It is time that ports in Chennai region including Ennore and Katupalli
ports adopted a Single window clearance system to attract bunkering demand from
foreign flag vessels and earn foreign exchange Capt S Srinivasan Vice President
of Chennai-Ennore Steamer Agents Association (CHENSAA) said.
Addressing a Regional Seminar on IMO 2020 Sulphur cap organized by
Mercantile Marine Department and the Indian Oil Corporation, Mr.Srinivasan said when the ports could
organize a single coordination point
involving the customs immigration and other governmental agencies to
deal with the Cruise Liners, the same practice could be adopted by the ports in the Chennai region to deal with
bunkering of foreign vessels.
No foreign flag vessel bunker at Chennai
region ports because of procedural and Logistics problems
Unlike Cochin port where systems are in place for bunkering, no
foreign flag vessel does planned bunkering at Chennai region ports because of
procedural and Logistics problems involved in the exercise.
Bunkering is resorted at ports in Chennai region only when foreign
vessels change their voyage plans and require them on an emergency basis.
Apart from the limited infrastructure available in the Chennai port
region, the ship agents have to go through and complete procedural as well as
documentation formalities before bunkering could be ordered. It took nearly
three days to get the clearance from the statutory agencies before the order is
placed for bunkering
Unlike the Cochin Port where bunkering is done within a few hours, the
vessels have to wait for a couple of days to complete bunkering in ports in Chennai region as there is no guaranteed time
frame for supplies.
Bunkering by IOC not by foreign vessels
but Naval and Coastal vessels
Bunkering by Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum
Corporation in the region is done mostly to Naval, Coastguard, Coastal vessels
besides the Port tugs. Foreign vessels are not under their radar.
While foreign ships prefer to bunker at the Outer anchorage and
outside the port limits, bunkering arrangements are available mostly alongside
berths in the region.
Chennai port also charges vessel related charges for bunkering which
is of the order of around sixty thousand US dollars while no such charge is
collected at Cochin port.
It is time that Chennai port follows
Cochin Code of practice
It is time that Chennai port follows the Code of practice implemented
by its Cochin counterpart considering that both are government run ports. In
Cochin port, barges loaded with bunker fuel wait for the ships at the port’s Outer
anchorage for bunkering. Fuel is provided to ships round the clock even during
the monsoon season.
No prior clearance is required from Cochin port authorities, for
bunkering. Unlike Chennai, the west coast port does not levy charges for
Chennai port has woken up to the situation and is now constructing a
dedicated berth in the port premises for bunkering operations. The berth is likely
to be commissioned within a year.