Van Oord secures Mumbai dredging contract

  • Project seen as vital for Indian port’s future to commence next month

Van Oord has been awarded a contract by the Mumbai Port Authority to carryout maintenance dredging at the Indian port to enable the call of larger vessels.

Mumbai’s draft restrictions and ailing infrastructure has prevented bigger ships from docking at the port’s berths.

The news will be music to the ears of the Mumbai-Nhava Sheva Ship Agents’ Association, who have campaigned tirelessly for the project, which they see as essential in safeguarding the port’s future.

Dredging works are scheduled to start next month, according to the JOC.

The Port of Mumbai, which saw container throughput fall six percent during the first five months of the current fiscal year, is currently developing a new US$300 million offshore container terminal. The new facility, scheduled for completion at the end of next year with an initial 800,000TEU annual capacity, will allow 6,000 TEU vessels to dock at its berths.

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