COORDINATES

APPROACH / ENTRANCE CHANNEL

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.

TURNING BASIN

Not Applicable

BREAK WATERS

Not Applicabe

ANCHORAGES

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.

GENERAL BERTH RESTRICTION

NO. OF BERTH: 3 LOA: Max 260 Meters. BEAM: 12.80 Meters. DRAFT: 4.00 Meters on Highwater

PILOTAGE & NIGHT NAVIGATION

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.)

NAVIGATION CHART

British Admiralty:1035 Piram Island to Bhavnagar – Indian Naval Hydrographic Chart – 2039.

WATER DENSITY

Varies from 1.024 TO 1.026

UNDER KEEL CLEARANCE

Only barges coming to berth. Not relevant.

DETAILS OF BUOYS

Details not received from port

INFRASTRUCTURE & COMMUNICATION

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).

WEATHER CONDITIONS

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.

PORT REGULATIONS

ISPS COMPLIANT: Yes. Security Level 2 (one)

PFSO DETAILS

PFSO / PORT OFFICER
Mr. Sudhir Chaddha
(M) +91-9925153073
Ph: (O) +91-278–2210221 / 2210558 (Fax) 0278 - 2211026
E-Mail: pobhavnagar@yahoo.com / trf.pogmbbvr@gmail.com

TIDAL DATA

Not Applicable

PORT WORKING HOURS

Cargo operation: Port working 24 hrs / 7 days with no holidays.

Except few NATIONAL HOLIDAYS port is operational for entire year.

Cargo operation: Round the clock 24x7

Shift Timings Recess hours
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 OFFICE

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.

MAIN CARGOES

Coal , Fertilizer , Lime stone , Pet coke , Rock phosphate ,

REPATRIATION

Possible. Crew change has been done at Anchorage by using private tug. Pakistani and Bangladeshi crew are not allow for sign on off.

FRESH WATER

Available

STORE / PROVISIONS :

WORKSHOP

Available

BUNKERS

Available

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Available

SLOP DISCHARGE

No Facility

CASH TO MASTER

Available

BERTHING POLICY/PRIORITY

First come first.

PORT NORMS

CARGOS PERFORMANCE-DAY
Coal 10000 MT day
Fertilizer 10000 MT day
Lime stone 10000 MT day
Pet coke 10000 MT day
Rock phosphate 10000 MT day

BERTH INFORMATION & RESTRICTIONS

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.

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

Not Available

OTHER FACILITIES

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.

CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENTS

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.

PRIVATE:

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.

TUGS BOLLARD PULL BHP
TIME TRADER 17 MT 1000
RISHABH 35 MT 2700
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).

MAIN CARGO HANDLING

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.

WAREHOUSE AND STORAGE

PORT PRIVATE
SR. NO. WAREHOUSE TOTAL AREA CAPACITY WAREHOUSE TOTAL AREA CAPACITY
1 2 transit sheds 6,740 Sq. Meters        
2 Godown 12,169 Sq. Meters        
2 Open space          

LOAD / DISCHARGE FACILITY SPECIFICATION

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.

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