Port Wings News Network:
Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association (MANSA) has welcomed Mumbai Port’s decision to implement round the clock (24-hour) cargo handling operations, which was otherwise 22 hours in the past.
Welcoming the Mumbai Port initiative, MANSA, President, Captain Vivek Anand said, “Continuity in working throughout the day and night would improve the efficiencies and performance of the vessels in Mumbai Port. This in turn would definitely attract EXIM Trade to patronize Mumbai Port. All our members anticipate that the port administration and the trade unions work in tandem for bringing back the old glory of Mumbai Port by achieving the numero uno position back soon.”
Mumbai Port in its circular dated 5 January 2018 said, “With a view to achieve better throughput and productivity and consequent reduction in turnaround time of vessel, it has been decided to implement 24 hours working in Mumbai port for cargo handling operation, thereby making the cargo handling operations round the clock.”
Prior to this change, the shift duty hours for cargo handling in docks and outlying areas were from 8am in the morning to 6 am on the subsequent morning on the next day in three shifts.
The outcome of this initiative was an effort of past several years by the port management to convince the labour unions and a step towards higher efficiency and productivity. This would immensely give relief to the Ship work days and quicker turnaround time, Captain Anand said.