V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority (VOCPA) proposes to
introduce a Preferential Berth Allotment scheme valid for one year to be
extended to all importers who guarantee a minimum guaranteed throughput of 1 million MT of dry bulk cargo (other than
coal), said a release.
Priority berthing shall be
provided to vessels without restriction in berth stay, subject to the
The importer applies for the Preferential Berthing
Allotment Scheme 2023 committing a MGT of 1 MMTPA for handling dry cargoes
other than coal at VOCPA for the year 2023.
The Importer shall submit the following document along
with the application:
Commitment letter for handling the MGT volume of
1Million tons per annum at VOCPA in the prescribed format.
Irrevocable Bank Guarantee (BG) equivalent to wharfage
charges plus applicable GST for 1 MMT, in favour of FA&CAO, VOC Port
Authority, drawn in any scheduled bank payable at Tuticorin branch valid until
31.03.2024, with a claim period up to 30.06.2024.
Undertaking Letter to handle the MGT of 1 MMT of dry
bulk cargo other than coal, failing which/and in the event of a shortfall in
the handled quantity, express No Objection to encashment of the BG to the tune
of the applicable wharfage charges plus GST for the shortfall quantity.
Request for priority shall be entered through NLP
Marine. Parameters for berthing of vessels shall be according to the Trade
Notice dated 08-08-2019. Berthing and shifting of vessels shall be according to
the Berthing Policy for berthing of vessels at VOCPA published on 22-09-2020
and Trade Notice dates 12-04-2019.
Vessel and cargo related charges
including priority berthing charges, as per General SoR, shall be paid before
berthing of the vessel.
However, if the vessel is berthed under normal arrival priority, no priority
charges shall be collected for that vessel. Priority berthing shall not be
extended to vessels carrying part cargo. Cargo discharged from vessels berthed
on normal arrival priority including part cargo shall also be accounted for the
Coastal cargo shall not be
accounted for the MGT scheme. Berthing will be provided based on the IGM and cargo
shall be accounted based on the importer’s name & IE Code in the Customs
OOC document for the MGT. Interested importers shall apply to the port on or before
The scheme will be valid for one year from the date of
acceptance issued by the VOCPA.