Early this year ( 2012 ) my chemical tanker laden with Methanol from Sohar Oman went to Mundra Port Gujarat for discharge.
I had a bizarre experience there, by no means experienced earlier than in my 3 many years of command.
The Methanol at Sohar was loaded beneath absolute quality control.
My ship’s stainless steel tanks failed the PTT check of wall wash. It was a costly first foot failure for Capt Vadakayil–for the primary time in his life.
Since I all the time again myself in such dangerous conditions, I gave a uncommon challenge. I contested the Lab report and called in my P&I insurers from London.
You possibly can examine this by punching into Google search–
WALL WASH PTT Without TEARS, CHEMICAL TANKERS- VADAKAYIL.
Believe me when i say taking on a shore wall wash lab is always a dropping battle.
To cut a long story short, I received.
The lab can be put to an strict inspection for vetting their own competence and procedures.
So we went hoppety hop to Mundra Port to discharge this stuff.
Although my VLCC where I was second mate was the first to discharge at Vadinar SBM terminal and I was engaged in lighterage operations at Sikka , where I commanded mom ships discharging into daughter vessels, later on I lost touch with Gujarat. I was coming to Gujarat after probably 2 many years.
Of course I used to recollect Gujarat.
We used to go ashore by launch and at low tide the boat had to cease method off the shore. We used to experience piggy back on younger guys for a small payment, who would wade through mud and carry us on their backsides until our ft might touch terra firma. And right now I could see conch shells ( Shank ) as large as large coconuts.
Within the evenings, invariably the daughter ship Captain ,would come on my ship along with his household and the Loading grasp, by crane basket switch , to talk over just a few beers and have dinner. My spouse used to play host .
Mother ships had bond ( booze ) whereas daughter ships were coastal and were devoid of bond.
We used to purchase giant crabs, from fishing boats who got here alongside , clean them up and put them in a hundi , with just salt at the bottom and steam them. No water was put. The crabs stewed in their own juices. The flesh of the extraordinary massive crabs was once so tasty.
Today with the rape of the ecology by mindless sanctions of development– all this marine ecology has disappeared. Rich mangroves forest areas have been choked. The Gujarat fishermen now should enterprise into the Pakistani waters and poach in case they need to make a revenue. Is that this the cost of improvement?
I do not need to take names right here.
As a patriotic Indian I used to be proud after reading about Gautam Adani’s initiative and the nice strides he had made in starting such a unbelievable port, from marshland. Mundra Port was the largest among 12 non-public ports of India.
The first dangerous style came when the brokers ship a electronic mail stating that until I waive all my rights away, i can not berth at Mundra Port– and that every ship till now has signed such a waiver.
My ship had to berth on a hundred % terms of Mundra Port, come hell , come high water. I have by no means seen such a legal doc like this, ever earlier than.
Naturally I had to refer this to my owners in Japan and my Managers in Singapore.
My charterers in USA , was quick in imploring that I should sign this waiver as quickly as attainable. To cut an extended story quick, I used to be pressured to sign this, in opposition to my higher judgement on being suggested to do so by the homeowners of the ship.
Between the time the pilot boarded to berth the ship and the time I dropped off the outgoing pilot, after discharging all of the Methanol, Mundra port turned my least favorite port among the many all the ports of this planet.
To start with my ship was berthed at a unsafe coal jetty, with trucks and automobiles driving past, and not less than 2 dozen folks on the quay utilizing their mobile phones.
There was NOT a single worker, port official (like Customs/Immigration and so on) or a service provider in the port, who did not curse Adani Inc underneath his breath.
It left me questioning -what the hell, are these guys jealous of a younger successful Indian entrepreneur Gautam Adani , when actually they ought to be pleased with him ?
All of them gave me unsolicited info that Gautam Adani was a pauper who rose as much as dizzying heights not because of his brains , however due to his wheeling and dealing.
One among his personal school mates at CN Seth Vidyalaya informed me about young Gautam Adani . That he was from a impoverished family, and that he lacked the grey matter at school etc.
Once more I instructed myself– sheer jealousy.
However then may all people be wrong?
So I challenged this man to authenticate his charges.
So he says ‘The entire of Gujarat knows that every one this land of area 14500 acres or 5.8 crore square metres of land has been given to him for single digit rupee value — without public sale !”
To be frank I used to be a bit shocked.
In that case how is that no one has filed a complaint? Surely some business rival should take him on? Are we not within the age of Anna Hazare?
Immediately my Peruvian Chief Officer calls me up on walkie talkie and says ” Sir, the cargo tank surveyors are opening out the tanks domes to do open sampling. If we do not start cargo inside 2 hours of coming alongside ( not gangway down ). there will likely be some thousand US dollars advantageous for the subsequent minute and then each hour after that”
To add to our woes dozens of labourers had been tipping coal from the empty chutes and that i had a tremendous layer of black coal all over my grey deck, including my nostrils.
Methanol is such a clear cargo, that you cant even have a speck of dust within the cargo.
I tried to expostulate, being an Indian , I did not want to make an issue in an Indian port, if issues may very well be reasoned out amicably.
That is after i notices the arrogance of the port. By no means seen something like factor earlier than in any other port on the planet. They stopped the tipping , once i mentioned I will inform the consumers or Methanol, within an hour.
The top managers of the port ( no names!) , punch drunk with energy, have been absolutely sure of themselves.” That is our manner, If you do not like it you’ll be able to solid off your ship in your account and drop anchor! If the opposite ship on the subsequent berth can do open ullaging ( Indian SCI ship with diesel ) , why cant you do it? “
They made a giant mistake.
They were cocky sufficient and gave this in writing by e mail via the brokers. Which I promptly forwarded to my P&I in London.
Surely Mundra — nay Adani port isn’t gonna get any awards within the close to future– like how they wrangled the “Finest PORT OF THE Year AWARD 2006” from Lloyds London.
The Adani model had taken a huge dent because of this incident, within the foreign shipping circles. By no means mind their local clout!
Making an attempt to hurry cargo surveyors to do open ullaging on 28 nos SS tanks filled with Methanol, is so harmful –in actual fact extra dangerous than putting a cobra in your only kid’s bedroom and locking the door.
14500 acres or 5.Eight crore sq. metres of land bought for single digit rupee cost per sq metre — with out public sale, in the yr 2003 –
— if this isn’t wheeling and dealin’ and favouritism , what else could it’s?
And now we have put poor Raja in jail.
In USA lobbyists are official pimps who do the wheeling -dealin’ and bribery.
The CBI had 5,851 recordings of “wheeling and dealing”phone conversations by Nira Radia Radia, a few of which clearly define Radia’s attempts to broker deals in relation to the 2G spectrum sale. The tapes show how Radia tried to highly effective media individuals to affect the choice to appoint A. Raja as telecom minister. She was Ratan Tata’s lobbyist.
Punch into google searchPERSONAL BRANDING- VADAKAYIL.
Top managers of ports should care about not denting their very own model. If Gautam Adani reads this post, he must bear this in mind.
Gautam Adani was in the primary ground restaurant Chambers of Taj hotel Mumbai when Paki terrorists attacked — and he was rescued after 2 hours by commandos.
At Mundra port if the Captain does not meet the corrupt gratuity calls for ( excessive ) of the boarding customs officer on arival , he can forget about receiving provisions and shops. Customs have been given unlimited powers quoting Stage 2 safety. And eventually the Captain has waived all his powers to this personal port.