657 - 9/09 - Draught Restrictions - Kolkata/Haldia - India

The Association would like to inform its members of the current situation the ports of Kolkota (Calcutta) and Haldia. Due to a combination of recent factors both ports have been affected by the reduction of available draught in the river Hooghly.

The port Haldia stands near the mouth of river Hooghly in the western Bengal region of India with Kolkata some way further up river. Both Haldia and Kolkata are unique in India due to their location in the river; this location provides its own set of problems which are outlined in this bulletin.

Due to a combination of factors including natural silt levels in the river and the excess flow of water from small streams caused by the monsoon, the available depth of water is often reduced due to the build up of silt deposits. To combat such problems continuous dredging of the river is imperative. Normally this operation is carried out by a government organisation, the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) however due to lack of available dredgers and a recent collision involving a dredger, the situation has escalated. In the last few weeks tests have revealed that levels in the river were 0.3 – 0.5m less than the local draught forecast.

It is obvious that both ports are largely dependent on the river being dredged; whilst problems persist and no additional dredgers are available then the situation shall continue to worsen. According to reports it is normal for bulk carriers to discharge around 60% of their cargo at the ports of Paradip and Visakhapatnam before transiting to Haldia/Kolkata, in the current climate they are being forced to discharge even more cargo if they are to have any chance of passing up river. The Association would advise its members to contact local agents or representatives to obtain the latest information.  


Source of information: 

Loss Prevention Department


Industry developments

Polar Shipping

Legal, navigational and environmental resources, news and updates on the development of polar shipping. Read more

US VRP Compliance

With effect from 30th January 2014 non-tank as well as tankships calling at US ports will be required to submit VRPs.  For Club and other resources to assist in compliance click here

International Environmental compliance

Environmental Compliance resource page collates material in respect of International environmental compliance issues affecting our Members. Information from the Club, Loss Prevention and external resources has been collated in one place for ease of reference.

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention enters into force in August 2013 - resources, news & advice on implementation can be found in this dedicated section.  READ MORE

International sanctions

Recent guidance & corresponding material in respect of international sanctions against various countries has been updated with respect to temporary easing of sanctions against Iran.  READ MORE


Essential precautions and preparation against piracy, as well as additional information and resources, loss prevention advisories and useful external web links

Emergency Contacts

If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder

This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.