Mumbai port permits berthing of dry bulk cargo at OCT

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has permitted the berthing of dry bulk cargo vessels at the offshore container terminal (OCT) at the port on a trial basis. The two vessels that were allowed to berth at the OCT were MV Julia Oldendroff and MV Interlink Fidelity. In December 2015, the MbPT had granted permission to the Mumbai and Nhava Ship Agents Association which had sought berthing facilities for larger-dimension vessels carrying large parcels of pulses, steel and general cargo, with a view to reducing congestion and the waiting period for stranded vessels and lowering transaction costs.