Fisherman tugging their boats ashore at Versova on Tuesday (file photo)
NAVI MUMBAI: As cyclone Nisarg was set to bring in stormy wind and rains, big cargo vessels, offshore supply vessels of ONGC besides other vessels cleared off Mumbai coast as twin ports — Mumbai port trust ( MbPT) and JNPT — issued cyclone alerts and orders, following IMD flagging signal number 5 — port will experience severe weather.
MbPT and JNPT said that berthing of vessels in view of the cyclone will not be allowed and the ports were busy on Tuesday to complete the loading and unloading of vessels that had berthed. JNPT said the timing of sailing out was pegged at 11pm, but port operations would end earlier.
Chairman of MbPT and his counterpart at JNPT issued orders against berthing of any vessel. Cyclone Nisarg is expected to have a landfall on Wednesday at Palghar — northern coastline of Mumbai.
MbPT chairman Sanjay Bhatia said, “I have already passed the order of not to allow berthing and evacuate the port. There could have been some 20 ships at outer and inner anchorage.”
JNPT chairman Sanjay Sethi said, “There’s an advisory against operations from the deputy conservator’s office and we have rescheduled port operations of eight vessels.”
Shipping sources said that during cyclone, the vessels are always advised to be at high sea as the wind speed can damage anchor besides causing other damages.