After Cyclone Biparjoy, Pipavav is slowly getting back to business

APM Terminals Pipavav said the port has resumed land-based operations, albeit with some restrictions, after the weather improved this morning.

Indian authorities will now begin assessing the extent of the devastation caused by Cyclone Biparjoy.

The port has also resumed freight station operations, the delivery of imported goods and empty containers and the entry of refrigerated containers, it said. Pipavav sources also noted a green signal from Western rail authorities to move freight trains on some routes.

A decision on quayside movements is expected later this evening or tomorrow morning, an APMT official said.

The private port said: “While sea and quayside operations remain suspended, the port is continuously monitoring the situation and aims to commence all operations once it is satisfied that working conditions are compatible with the safety of the ship, cargo, port infrastructure and all related.” Ensure staff.” .”

And sources at the port of Mundra, the busiest box-handling operation, said the weather was being monitored and port operations there were resuming “subject to further guidance from the administration”.

Cyclone Biparjoy paralyzed shipping along the Gujarat coast last week. According to the latest reports, the storm passed the coast this morning and headed towards the north-eastern region of the country.

Major shipping lines serving Indian container shipments have announced a series of port call omissions or timetable adjustments for Mundra and Pipavav.

Maersk said as many as eight sailings were expected to be affected, noting, “Our teams have worked tirelessly to find the best solutions for storm-affected ship schedules.”

French liner CMA CGM also announced several changes to the journey on its routes in India, including the Indamex 2 (India-US East Coast) line.

As sea terminals return to normal export/import trade flows, sources predict that trucking and rail transport will struggle due to the sheer volume of detained cargo – a factor that could also have a profound impact on the reliability of transport services .

And any rush inland has predictable cost implications for cargo owners scrambling to secure a truck or warehouse for their cargo.

In this video, broadcast by local sources, you can see the damage caused by the cyclone in Mundra.

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