Muldwarka Port





The Port is a non major port and operated in accordance with the Indian laws and the laws of State of Gujarat, as well as applicable local laws, Rules & Regulations, to The Indian Ports Act 1908, The Obstructions in fairways Act 1882, The Gujarat Maritime Board Act 1981, The Customs Act 1962, The Merchant Shipping Act 1958, as amended and The Environment Protection Act 1986.Ambuja Cements Ltd is a Jetty operator in the Port of Muldwarka.




Muldwarka Port is located at        Lat: 20 º 45.4’N       Long: 070º   39.9’ E


Following are the coordinates of Port Limits:


WEST: Port Limit starts from the Northern end of the Break water touching the shore at position A, namely, Lat: 20° 45’ 33” N Long: 070° 39’ 44.4”E, connecting by a line southwards to the position B, namely, Lat: 20° 45’ 07.8” N Long: 070° 39’ 54.6”E. Then  proceeding South Westwards to position D, namely, Lat:  20°  43’ 39” N Long: 070° 38’ 36” E through position C, namely, Lat: 20° 44’

10.8” N Long: 070° 39’ 04.8” E.


SOUTH: Starting from position D as above, a line proceeding Eastwards  to a Position E, namely, Lat: 20°  43’  04.8” N Long: 070°

39’  52.8”E through position K, namely, Lat: 20°  43’  18.65” N Long:

070° 39’ 12.45”E.

EAST: Starting from position E as above, a line proceeding Northwards to a position G, namely, Lat: 20° 44’  52.2” N Long:  070° 40’ 12.6”E through position F, namely, Lat: 20° 43’ 46.8” N Long: 070° 40’ 00”E. Then further proceeding Northwards from position G as above to a position H on the shore, namely, Lat: 20° 45’ 42.3” N Long: 070° 39’ 56.7”E.


NORTH: The area seaward of a line drawn from position  H,  namely, Lat: 20° 45’ 42.3” N Long: 070° 39’ 56.7” E proceeding Westward to a position M, namely, Lat: 20° 45’  35.4” N Long:  070° 39’ 45.0” E through position L, namely, Lat: 20° 45’ 37.2” N Long: 070° 39’ 49.8”E. Then further proceeding southward from position L, as above to meet the initial position A.

The harbour is protected from the West by a breakwater (Tetra pods) of length 1025 mtrs, from the East & North by the Shore. The Harbour is open to the South. The Harbour is presently covered by Indian Hydrographic Chart No.2055. The last surveyed plan of the port is placed at Annexure -1.

Seawater density is generally 1025 kg/cm3. During monsoon period, it

reduces to around 1021kg/cm3




The Port has 2 Jetties with 4 berths.


BERTH NO.1 & 2 (OLD JETTY) also known as North jetty.


Old Jetty berths are on either side of the finger jetty located towards the shore line at Muldwarka village and the berths are 122m x 6 m in position latitude 20º 45.42’ N longitude 70º 41.524’ E. The finger jetty lies on an axis of 314º-- 134º have maximum depts. of 5 M at chart datum. The Berths are open for traffic during day and night and are dedicated for use of the company owned cement carriers only. The jetty is well fendered with cylindrical rubber fenders.


BERTH NO.3 & 4 (NEW JETTY) also known as South Jetty.


New jetty is a continuous berth of 297m in length and located in between the following two co-ordinates.


Point A

Latitude Longitude



45.24” N

39.557’ E

Point B

Latitude Longitude



45.11.84” N

39.57’ E


The northern end of 97m is considered as berth-3 and southern section of 200m is called berth-4.The jetty is built on pilings. The Jetty is fendered by single Cell type fenders & tyre fenders. There are 17 bollards positioned along the length of the Jetty at intervals ranging between 12,

14 & 16 mtrs, The 2 Tugs employed for New Jetty movements are secured at the Northern end of the Jetty.

The Jetty lies on an axis of 340° - 160° & the top of the Jetty is at a height of +6 m from Chart Datum.





Permissible Draft

Berth 3

80 mtrs

33000 Mt

8.5 mtrs

Berth 4

180 mtrs

50000 Mt

9.5 mtrs


Since Berth No 3 & 4 are in line continuation. Ship of length up to 220 mtrs can be berthed alongside on berth No.4 with no vessel on Berth No.3 keeping the draft and displacement within limit mentioned above.




During fair weather (Non monsoon period) designated anchorage area is available about 1.5 NM SSW of the break water.

1). Anchorage "A" is designated for vessel's upto 4000 GRT. 2). Anchorage ‘B’ is designated for vessels above 4000 GRT.

During monsoon period vessels are advised to anchor about 3 nm off break water in deeper waters.

Pilot boarding ground is in the anchorage area.




As all vessels have to enter the Port from the South, there are 2 sets of Transit Lights located on the Northern shore which define the approach channel. One set of lights flashes white & this transit which is on a bearing line of 341-161 Deg indicates the center of the approach channel. The second set of lights flashes Red & is also on a bearing line of 343 - 163 Deg. This transit indicates the limit of the Channel. Both the sets of lights are fixed on steel towers, the front tower being 29 m in height & the rear tower being 37 m in height. Both the sets of transit towers are also fitted with day markers (triangles) for use during the daylight hours. The range of the lights is 3 nm.


Break water Head Light: - This light is fixed on top of a steel structure, 25 m in height & located on the Break water Head. This light is flashing white with a range of 5 nm. This light serves to identify the Port & to guide vessels towards the Port.


New Jetty Head Light: - This light is located at the Southern end of the Jetty. This light is fixed on top of a steel structure at a height of 20 m. This light flashes Red & identifies the location of the Jetty.


Old Jetty Head Light: - This light is located at the Southern end of Old Jetty. This light is fixed on top of a steel tower, 15 m in height. This light flashes Green & identifies the location of the Jetty.


Transit Lights for Turning Circle: - These sets of lights are located on the Northern end of the New Jetty. They are fixed on top of steel poles, the front being at a height of 6 m from the Jetty & the rear at a height of 8 m from the Jetty. The horizontal separation of the lights is 21 m. The lights are aligned on a bearing line of 223 – 043 Deg& are flashing Blue. This Transit assists Masters of captive vessels to turn their vessel around at the time of departure from the Port.




There are Three Tugs on charter available in the port; which are used for berthing / unberthing of vessels. The details of the tugs are as follows.
















2 x 570 HP

2 x 1800 HP

2x1750 HP


21 mtrs

29.95 mtrs



6.0 mtrs

9.80 mtrs

9.0 mtrs



4.00 mtrs

3.5 mtrs



45.28 Ton

40 Ton











Steerable rudder


Steerable rudder




A fiber glass boat with an Out Board Motor is engaged for handling of the mooring ropes while vessels are being berthed at New Jetty only.




03 No’s Boats of the Marine Police are stationed in the Port at Old Jetty. Routine patrolling is carried out as per the monthly schedule planned by the Police Dept, Navabandar. A copy of the patrolling schedule is available in the Office of the Port Captain.







The bulk cement is the Principal cargo sent out from Muldwarka&  is received from the Plant by means of road Bulkers. The cement from these Bulkers is unloaded by means of Bottom Discharge System  &thereafter sent to the three cylindrical cement silos by Bucket Elevator System. Each Silo is of 5000 MT capacity with the 4th Silo of 20000 T capacity located near the Tank Farm. The Cement is then discharged from these silos by gravity onto conveyor belt systems, which convey the bulk cement to the jetties & for loading vessels along side.


The bulk cement is loaded at berth no.1 & 2 (Old Jetty) through a fixed loader and bellow system. This loading system is specifically designed to cater for loading of the captive vessels one at a time only. There is no discharge facility at this Jetty.


At Berth no.4 (New Jetty) loading is carried out through a specially mechanized shiploader on rails. The outreach of the loader is 15.5 m counting from the jetty fender, and maximum travelling distance is 136

m.  Parameters at Berth No.4 are as follows:-


(a)  Jetty height is + 6 m from chart datum

(b)  Distance between bellow spout fully compressed to jetty level is 8.5 m

(c)  Distance between shiploader spout when bellow fully compressed to water level is -14 m (Chart Datum).

(d)  Maximum air draft of loading point from water level is 13.5 mtrs.


The diameter of the spout which fits into hatch opening at the center of the hatch cover is required to be about 500 mm. Maximum loading rate of bulk cement/clinker is 800-900TPH.




The above cargoes are imported, purely on “need based” & as per the requirement of the Plant. Handling of these cargoes is not permitted during the monsoon period. These cargoes are unloaded into four rail

mounted hoppers by ship’s crane, whose minimum outreach should be

       m. The height of each hopper is 15 m from the chart datum. The cargo is conveyed from the hoppers through a covered belt conveyor system to a rail-mounted stacker, which piles the cargo in the stock yard located 1.5 km from the jetty. The capacity of the cargo handling system is 15,000 – 18,000 MT / Day.





The Port has a Control Room at berth no: 3, New Jetty which is manned by Radio Officers. For communication purpose the Control Room is equipped with a VHF set and MF / HF SSB which are used for communication with the Ships and other craft associated with Port operations. The Control Room is also equipped with the following instruments, namely, Radar, NAVTEX, AIS, Anemometer, Barometer, Tidal Gauge and E-mail system.




The terminal has the following sources to maintain uninterrupted power supply for efficient operations.


1)    33 KVA power from the captive power plant at Ambujanagar.

2)    Two DG sets of capacity 1250 KVA

3)    One DG set of 250 KVA




The New Jetty area (Berth 3 & 4) in the Port of Muldwarka complies with the requirements of International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code (ISPS Code) as per Chapter XI-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 as amended, and as adopted in Indian Law. The Port Captain is designated as the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO). The Security Dept is headed by Security Officer (Company Employee), who provides security to the Cement Terminal & the Port Facility with the assistance of security guards provided by third party. The Security Officer is guided by the PFSO for all security related matters of the Port. The Terminal Head is the Deputy PFSO.




A diesel operated jet pump is provided on the New Jetty to pressurize the fire main. This pump can develop a pressure of 5 kg/ cm². The fire main runs along the entire length of the jetty and is provided with 4 fire monitors and fire hydrants for fixing hoses with nozzles for fire -fighting operations.


A fire tender is available at BCT and can be positioned at the jetty, which carries the following :

a.      Fresh Water


4500 liters

b.      Foam


550 liters

c.           DCP Powder

d.           SCBA set


75 kg extinguisher two numbers.

e.      Protective clothing, Hoses, etc.,


In addition, the 2 Tugs employed for movements at New Jetty have Fire Fighting equipment




The port has an approved OSCP l and is equipped with a complete set of Oil spill cleanup equipment. The same is placed in a 20 foot container on the new jetty, ready to be used at immediate notice.





The weather is regularly monitored by the Port Control Room with the help of weather reports received from the Meteorological Dept. An Aneroid Barometer & an Anemometer are also located in the Control Room.


The Port experiences fine weather from the cessation of the SW Monsoon to its recommencement. The weather season could be classified as follows.




Winds are N to NE not exceeding 10 knots. The sea is generally calm and swell does not exceed 1 meter in open sea; sometimes the wind shifts to East; for a couple of days at a time; but this is insignificant.




The wind direction shifts from N / NE to W /SW during this period. The wind is light &variable in March and picks up in April when it settles to a westerly direction. From April onwards the wind is strong from mid day till late evening, eventually dying down at night. The month of May is hot and sees the wind shifting from westerly to south westerly. The wind is light during the early mornings and becomes strong during the day. During April and May swell is about 1-2 meters in open sea. There is no significant effect of the sea in the harbour.




Normally the onset of the monsoon is with a low pressure striking the area. Winds are predominantly SW and generally range between 20 -25 knots but at times reach up to 30 knots. The swell is about 3 meter in open sea. The break water provides a partial shelter to the harbour from

SW monsoon; Swell during this period inside the harbour is 1 meter. The harbour is completely open to the southerly seas; when the wind and sea during the monsoon are from the south; swell inside the harbour increases to 2 meters and berthing alongside Berth No.3 and 4 becomes difficult. Vessels tend to surge heavily at these berths.




The interim or transitional period; the winds become light& variable with the direction changing towards NW & further changing towards N by November. The swell also starts to reduce, coming down to 1 meter by November.




It may occur in the month of April, May, Oct & Nov. The Gujarat Maritime Board advises all ports of the intensity of bad weather and appropriate storm signals are exhibited on its advice. A list of storm signals is placed at Annexure.


It should be noted that No.1 and No.2 are cautionary signals of a general nature. The signals from No.3 to No.10 indicate condition which directly affects the port and No.11, indicates a breakdown in communication.




The average pressure throughout the year is about 1010mb, and can reach to a maximum of 1016 mb in January (NE monsoon) and minimum of 998 mb (SW monsoon). Day to day variation is about 3 to 4 HPa in all seasons.




During the month of Dec, Jan& Feb; dense fog may be experienced occasionally during sunrise with visibility less than 100 mtrs. Vessel movement does get delayed during such period.



The details provided here are to be used as a guide only, It is not a substitute for legislative and contractual provisions.




DATE: _                    _                                      TIME:                   _         

VESSEL: _             _              _                          CARGO:           _            _      







Have I received berthing / unberthing instruction from the





Have I ensured the following equipments are in good working order?




·        Communication equipment




·        Pilot Ladder




·        Steering Gear




·        Anchor




·        Mooring winches




·        Mooring lines & their condition




·        Main Engine




·        Aux Engine




·        Cargo Gear / Equipment




·        Windlass and Mooring Winch




·        Navigation & Bridge equipment




And that there is sufficient crew and personnel on board to ensure the contemplated maneuver?




Have I ascertained the vessel’s draft and is the vessel in

seaworthy trim and condition?




Am I following all safety regulations?




Have I requested for a Pilot to board and tugs to assist for berthing / unberthing?




Have I understood and agreed with the Pilot for berthing / unberthing maneuver contingency plan / local knowledge of

berthing area?




Have I filled up the ship – shore checklist correctly?




Am I carrying any stowaways on board and if yes (Applicable to vessel berthing upon arrival in Port) have I informed the Port prior arrival?



To be filled up prior berthing / unberthing& handed over to the Pilot who will hand over to Port Captain.







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Pilot                                                           Master

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