The Maritime Association
of Nationwide Shipping Agencies - India (MANSA) has appreciated the
administration of Mumbai Port Trust for removal of the age-old pinnacle,
leading to free movement of the vessels.
In a letter congratulating
the Chairman of the port for making the channel free of this age-old hindrance,
MANSA said, "It has been a big problem for Mumbai Port for navigation of
the ships by circumventing this pinnacle time and again. It can, therefore, be
termed as a turning point (milestone) in the history of Mumbai Port, besides
deepening of the channel for convenience of the trade."
"The problem has been
persisting for close to three decades and the current administration of the
port had shown the wherewithal to address it by taking proactive steps to
resolve it," said Capt. Vivek S. Anand, President, MANSA.
In the third week of June,
the port had engaged the Netherlands-based Boskalis Cutter Dredger for getting
rid of this stumbling block, as a result of which the channel draught has been enhanced by one
metre during low tide, said a release.
MANSA has suggested to the port to extend the services of the company
for dredging other berths located at Harbour Wall as well as the offshore
container berth, given their capability and innovative technology, the release