INFORMATION ABOUT GRANT CHANNEL
1) Entry to the Gulf of Cambay (Khambhatt) is made through Grant Channel. Therefore, while on the navigation, Master may be pre-cautioned and should take help of the relevant Chart/Admiralty Publication. On arrival at Bhavnagar, vessel should contact Bhavnagar radio VUJ9 - VHF Channel 16 ( or VTPMS-KHAMBHAT – CHANNEL 16, 69 & 10 (Mob. No: 09909903748 - 24 hr.) - for needful guidance such as Pilot boarding, anchoring etc. as this being a tidal port and there prevails heavy under-currents and hefty swelling in the sea. Vessel should arrive at the Pilot station, approx. two hours before high water at Bhavnagar. In case vessel is not able to do so she may cruise around until pilot boards the vessel, and not to drop anchor till then. Pilot will give all the directions/guidance as required.
2) Please note due to silting in the Grant Channel for sake of safe navigation, VTS Khambhat recommends vessels of draft more than 8.50 mtrs to use the Narmada Deep water route.
3) Ref deep draft vessel arriving Dahej please find appended below way points for recommended deep water route to Dahej/Bhavnagar . The route is regularly being followed by LNG & Coal ships of 14.50 mtrs draft to reach Dahej / Bhavnagar:-
|SR No.||DEEP WATER ROUTE||LATITUDE||LONGITUDE||SR No.||DEEP WATER ROUTE||LATITUDE||LONGITUDE|
|1||WPT No. 1||2||071 37.0 E||2||WPT No. 2||20 38.2 N||072 00.3 E|
|3||WPT No. 3||20 47.9 N||072 05.8 E||4||WPT No. 4||20 58.0 N||072 08.2 E|
|5||WPT No. 5||21 12.0 N||072 16.0 E||6||WPT No. 6||21 23.78 N||072 21.95 E|
|7||WPT No. 7||21 26.65 N||072 26.13 E||8||WPT NO. 8||21 32.56 N||072 26.74|
|9||WPT NO. 9||To anchorage.|
4) Please note that :-
A) A shallow water patch of depth 13.0 mtrs is reported in position Lat 20 39.80' N Lon 072 00.12’ E .
B) A shallow water patch of depth less than 13.0 mtrs is reported in position Lat 21 24.90' N Lon 072 20.40' E .
Oil Rig Sagar Kiran is stationed in position Lat 20 51.23' N / Long 072 06.12'E and Rig Sagar Jyoti in Position Lat 20 31.65' N Long 071 46.90' E .
Guidance for the vessel to safe navigation, manoeuvring at grant channel: Therefore, while on the navigation, Master may be pre-cautioned and should take help of the relevant Chart/Admiralty Publication.
On arrival at Bhavnagar, vessel should contact Bhavnagar radio VUJ9 - VHF Channel 16 (or VTPMS-KHAMBHAT – CHANNEL 16, 69 & 10 (Mob. No: 09909903748 - 24 hr.) - for needful guidance such as Pilot boarding, anchoring etc. as this being a tidal port and there prevails heavy under-currents and hefty swelling in the sea.
Vessel should arrive at the Pilot station, approx. two hours before high water at Bhavnagar. In case vessel is not able to do so she may cruise
around until pilot boards the vessel, and not to drop anchor till then. Pilot will give all the directions/guidance as required.
Port permits – 7/8 vessels to work simultaneously at anchorage. Vessels must work with private barges and ship’s cranes, as port does not possess/provide the same. At anchorage (DWA) the permissible draft available for the Vessels is upto 12.00 meters. as against the previous draft of 9.14 meters.
NO. OF BERTH: 3 LOA: Max 260 Meters. BEAM: 12.80 Meters. DRAFT: 4.00 Meters on Highwater
Pilot is compulsory, Pilot is required to bring vessel from Pilot station to working anchorage. Pilot station position: (Lat: 21 – 38 – 38 N, Long: 72 – 24 E)4.5 Miles North Northeast off Piram lighthouse. (Now, for the on-going dredging operation in the channel, two vessels are permitted to work together at a time, the third one if arrived, she had to wait outside and will be allowed for entry after sailing out one of the working vessels. There are no restrictions unless severe weather warning is issued on the unexpected / climatic condition etc).
Pilotage is charged at two different rates:
Normal (single rate): for daytime pilotage (0700 hrs. to 1900 hrs.); Special (double rate): for night hours pilotage (1900 hrs. to 0700 hrs.)
British Admiralty:1035 Piram Island to Bhavnagar – Indian Naval Hydrographic Chart – 2039.
Varies from 1.024 TO 1.026
Only barges coming to berth. Not relevant.
Details not received from port
ROAD: Well connected to state and national highways.
RAIL: Well connected to National rail network. Nearest Railway station: Bhavnagar.
AIR: Nearest Airport: Bhavnagar for Domestic and Ahmedabad & Mumbai for International
Port radio and Info service: Bhavnagar Radio works from 0800 to 2000 local time. Baxico Bhavnagar shall also listen on their VHF Ch. 16 – with the range of 30 Miles (in normal weather).
SW Monsoon Period: 15th May to 15th Sept.Port is not severally affected except a very few days, as the cargo is being discharged / loaded at stream – through barge connectivity. Intermittent rain falls during above period (15th May to 15th Sept).
Average force of wind and swell excepted at anchorage and inside port:Wind velocity = 20 to 26 KM per Hour. (it may go up on rare occasions for which special warning issued in advance). Swell = in the range of 0.5 Meter to 1.5 Meter. (There prevails comparatively heavy swell and hefty current, considering other minor ports).
Effect on barge and berth operations: Bhavnagar port being “ All weather working port “ and all the cargo operations are carried out at steam ( Note: vessel do not come alongside berth except Mini bulk carrier due to Lock-gate systems ) running work/barge movement does not get affected.
Effect of Cyclone:Less affected at Bhavnagar. So far, no major / noticeable incident reported. Precautions being exercised on Meteorological warning issued from time to time.
Any effect on shortage of Godowns space due to Rainfall:Sufficient Godown (Open & Covered) & Open space available.
ISPS COMPLIANT: Yes. Security Level 2 (one)
|PFSO / PORT OFFICER|
|Mr. Sudhir Chaddha|
|Ph: (O) +91-278–2210221 / 2210558 (Fax) 0278 - 2211026|
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Except few NATIONAL HOLIDAYS port is operational for entire year.
Cargo operation: Round the clock 24x7
|1st Shift||0800 hours to 1300 hours||1300 hours to 1400 hours|
|2nd Shift||1400 hours to 1900 hours||1900 hours to 2000 hours|
|3rd Shift||2000 hours to 0100 hours||0100 hours to 0200 hours|
|4th Shift||0200 hours to 0700 hours||0700 hours to 0800 hours|
Port Health Officer will not board the vessel at Bhavnagar, unless it is so essential (i.e. in case the vessel is calling from a Yellow fever area and Jigger infectious Ports within 30 days, or for the extension of DEEC cert. etc.) that too with advance application. PHO (Port Health Organization) does not have any office in Bhavnagar or its vicinity. They have to be brought from Kandla Port, or elsewhere.
Possible. Crew change has been done at Anchorage by using private tug. Pakistani and Bangladeshi crew are not allow for sign on off.
First come first.
|Coal||10000 MT day|
|Fertilizer||10000 MT day|
|Lime stone||10000 MT day|
|Pet coke||10000 MT day|
|Rock phosphate||10000 MT day|
This port has three jetties, where direct berthing for small vessels (Mini Bulk Carriers DWT in between 1500 to 3000) can enter/leave during high water only through a Lock gate.The permissible draft at jetty is upto 4 meters. Available draft for berthing is 16 feet (plus siltation – presently 18 ft. to 20 ft. which is to be deducted from the forecasted tidal height). E.g.: A vessel having the draft of 3.5 meters is permitted to berth (enter inside the basin) during the tide of about 30 ft. That means in case of increased draft (i.e. max upto 4.50 meters), vessel must wait for still higher tide to enter. Further the vessels’ entry through lock gate is still restricted to the vessel’s breadth/beam of max 60 ft. - over and above the said draft restriction. Maximum LOA can be accommodated in above jetties is around 143.8 meters, 19.8 meters of width. Continuous dredging is carried out, to maintain the status-quo, due to continued re-accumulation of mud / sediments / silt.
Maximum LOA can be accommodated in above jetties is around 143.8 meters, 19.8 meters of width. Continuous dredging is carried out to maintain the status-quo, due to continued re-accumulation of mud / sediments / silt.
Barge movement is restricted to Tide (Two tides per day) through Lock Gate between Port and Open Sea. Barge can maximum take two to three trips per day.
The Port has two workshops - 1) General Workshop and 2) Running Workshop. Flotilla Units can be repaired at both these workshops. The general workshop is used to carry out repairs on flotilla units and the mechanical instruments. The running Workshop takes care of the day-to-day repairs and maintenance requirements. Both workshops have different sizes of lathe machines, drilling machines and shaping machines. Electric and gas welding facilities, a cutting machine, foundry shop etc. are also available at the workshops.
PORT: Does not possess any equipments. Port Tug MT. GMB 1 Used only for vessel’s Pilotage. Port has only one barge “Ambica” – 250 MT capacity self-propeller barge which used for dredging works. Tug MT "Jai Somnath" - 414 HP & MT "Alang" - 414 HP are not working, under repairing.
Since the port’s given tug/barge facility just cannot cater ever for the minimum needs, private parties have established their service, meeting all the rules and regulations of the port, and with all required licences / certificates by engaging following tugs.
|TIME TRADER||17 MT||1000|
|SAGAR 1||30 MT||2400|
|H. ONE||20 MT||1700|
|H. TWO||15 MT||1200|
|AL SAFINA E NOOR||10 MT||800|
These tugs are generally used for the purpose of Vessel’s Customs Boarding, arrival/departure formalities, Supply of Provisions, Crew change, Fresh Water/Bunkers in limited quantity, ranging from 20 MT to 50 MT, (usually at the time of boarding as “one trip “ thus avoiding multiple hire charges).
EXPORT:Oil Cakes, Salt, Groundnut Oil, Onions, Rapeseeds, SBM, Agriproducts, Scrap, Mill-scale and Clay etc. This is in addition to various Transhipment cargoes handled/Lightening operations undertaken at Stream (DWA) meant for other neighbouring Ports. E.g.: during Monsoon, Essar Steel Ltd., handles their vessels at Bhavnagar anchorage for transhipment of their cargo such as Cali. Iron Ore/Pallets etc meant for Hazira Port.
IMPORT:The main import cargoes are Limestone, Pet coke, Coal, Rock phosphate, Iron Scrap, Fertilizer, Building & Project materials, Wood & Timber Logs, Cement, Sulphur and Wheat.
|SR. NO.||WAREHOUSE||TOTAL AREA||CAPACITY||WAREHOUSE||TOTAL AREA||CAPACITY|
|1||2 transit sheds||6,740 Sq. Meters|
|2||Godown||12,169 Sq. Meters|
COAL, COKE & LIME STONE DISCHARGE: Discharging will be done by using ship’s cranes fitted with grabs into stevedores barges. In case adequate barges are engaged to work constantly, maximum output is achieved but based on no. of vessel’s working at stream at a time. i. e. three vessels simultaneously working the expected rate is approximately 7000 to 8000 MT's Per weather working day and if only one vessel discharging rate rises to 12000 to 15000 MT's Per weather working day, subject to stevedores placing sufficient barges and ship’s crane / grabs are in good working condition if all going well weather permitted.
SALT LOADING: Loading will be done by using ship’s cranes fitted with grabs. The expected rate is approximately 5000 to 6000 MT's subject to stevedores placing sufficient barges and ship’s crane and grabs are in good working condition if all going well weather permitted.