Mumbai Port partially opens for traffic
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), which have been closed for traffic due to the floating and sunken containers from MSC Chitra, partially opened for traffic as ship convoys escorted by naval helicopters and warships with side sonar equipment held them to navigate the channel.
According to MbPT Chairman Rahul Asthana, small and medium ships were allowed to use the channel while JNPT Chairman N N Kumar opined that it will take another week for the channel to be fully operational.
This means that bigger ships will have to wait. There are 20 other ships waiting at MbPT and JNPT while the rest have been diverted to other ports. Thursday’s exercise, called ‘Operation Raaday too and after August 15 they expected the sea to be calmer.
At a press conference at the state guest house on Thursday, Union shipping minister G K Vasan said the ports will be opened in phased manner within the next few days.