India: Kolkata - Export of bulk Iron Ore Fines on ships at HDC during monsoon - readiness thereof


Published: 25 August 2011

Circular 19 August 2011

During the monsoon season, ships programmed for loading Iron Ore Fines at HDC frequently idle at working berth due to refusal of the Master of the ships to accept such cargo on grounds of excess moisture content than the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML). Such events not only affect the berth throughput but the same also results in unnecessary shifting of ship inside port to accommodate other cargo ship in their place.

Under the aforesaid circumstances, it has been decided that henceforth, the Iron Ore Fines tendered for shipment by the shipper shall have to be jointly surveyed at the plot inside port by the P & I or Owner’s Surveyor of the ship, the Shipper’s Surveyor as well as the surveyors of the Charterer’s Agent, if any. The Joint Survey Analysis is to be done in a Test Laboratory as per the requirement of P & I or Owner’s Surveyor & the report should clearly state if the cargo is accepted/rejected for loading considering the TML of cargo as per Joint Survey.

Thereafter, the Ship’s Agent will submit a letter to the concerned berth officials of the port stating that the cargo so surveyed in the plot is acceptable / rejected for loading with copy of the Joint Survey Report before calling/berthing of the ship at working berth.

It may be stated that during monsoon, the readiness of the ship will only be considered from the date & time of submission of such Joint Survey Report of the surveyors & declaration of the Agent of the ship.

The above comes into effect from the 7th day of the date of issue of this circular.

(D. Nayak)
Manager (Sh & CH)

Traffic Operations (Sh & CH) Divn.
Operational Building
Chiranjibpur, Purba Medinipur - 721 604
Ph: - 03224 252208, Fax - 03224 252475