BERTHING POLICY FOR VESSELS CALLING AT COCHIN PORT
- Notice of the expected arrival of a vessel: When a vessel is expected to arrive in the port a notice shall be sent in advance at the earliest possible moment in the prescribed form through Port Community System for vessels with IMO number and manually for other vessels to the Deputy Conservator of the Port by the Master, Owner or agent of the vessel expressing also the particular berth, if any, which the vessel would prefer to occupy, the expression of such preference shall also be sent simultaneously to the Traffic Manager and the Harbour Master.
- Allotment, occupation and vacation of berths: The allotment of berths shall be in the discretion of the Traffic Manager. In exercising his discretion, the Traffic Manager shall be guided by the following Regulations, namely;
2.1 Berthing of vessels should be so arranged that:
- When the agents of a vessel have expressed a preference for any particular berth the Traffic Manager shall, whenever possible, arrange for such a berth and where it is not possible to allot the berth desired, the Traffic Manager shall give due intimation to the agents.
- Other things being equal the vessel first arriving at the Port limits and reporting to the Port Control, shall be given priority in the allotment of berths provided her draughts and other nautical considerations permit. However, such priority in the allotment of berth is subject to the receipt of the notice of arrival of the vessel at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of the vessel.
- Over-riding priority may be given to Government vessels embarking or disembarking troops, or landing or shipping Government stores, to passenger ships or to vessels landing or shipping live-stock.
- The allotment will be done in such a way as not to cause any loss to the Port other factors being common.
2.2 If a vessel fails to discharge or load on any one day the quantities specified below except for reasons beyond the control of the vessel (for example weather) the Traffic Manager may call upon her to vacate her berth within four hours of the receipt of notice and such vessel shall vacate the berth within the time specified in the notice.
The vessels shall have a minimum ship berth-day output as follow
I. Liquid bulk - 2500 MT
II. Dry bulk - 2000 MT
III. Break bulk - 500 MT
Nothing in this policy shall be deemed to prevent a vessel having arrived for discharge or loading at the Port lesser quantities of cargo than those specified above from having access to a berth, or from the use of other Port facilities.
2.3 Notwithstanding the provisions above mentioned regarding the priorities in the allotment of berths, the Traffic Manager shall have the discretion to arrange the berthing of vessels in any particular manner, if he finds that such arrangement will facilitate the best use of the berths or that such arrangement will serve the general interest of shipping to the best advantage.