Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ), the country's largest private port, has banned entry of ships older than 25 years of age from entering its waters. The company has taken this step after a sunken cargo ship leaked oil off the coast of Mumbai last week. Panama-flagged cargo ship Rak Carrier, carrying 60,000 tonnes of Indonesian coal, sunk last Thursday on its way to Gujarat and caused an oil spill visible for up to 12 nautical miles.
Mundra port authorities informed shipping companies in a letter that state regulators would soon make an announcement implementing the ban. The shipping and logistics firm GAC stated that, no new chartering of vessels over 25 years old is to be henceforth carried out if the vessels are planning to work cargo at any port owned (by the Gujarat Maritime Board). Such vessels will be banned from entering. Rak Carrier, built in 1984, lost its safety certification last November and was anchored off Mumbai for 10 days before sinking.
MPSEZ is India’s largest private port and SEZ located on the west coast of India. It has 64 km of railway line with 7 railway siding and tow dedicated diesel locomotives. It has also constructed airstrip suitable for landing of mid-size jets.