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Hyundai Merchant Marine organises Customer Meet in Ahmedabad

26th November, 2018


BOFBA chairman wants other association to jointly discuss common issues

15th October, 2018


The 65th AGM of Bombay Overseas Freight Brokers Association (BOFBA) was held on October 4, 2018 at Hotel Krishna Palace in Mumbai. It saw participation from all the members of BOFBA. The AGM was followed by a trade get-together later in the evening.

The AGM was presided over by the BOFBA Managing Committee, headed by the Chairman Mr Sanjiv Potnis, and including Mr Anup Deosthalee, Mr Jayesh Gandhi, Mr Prashant Popat and Mr Rajiv Mukhtyar.

Addressing members, the Chairman said that the Association plans to get much closer to the entire shipping fraternity. BOFBA being one of the oldest associations in India, needs to get on a much bigger platform, he emphasised, adding that BOFBA and other active associations in the trade should come together and discuss the common issues and problems they face. BOFBA, which is 65 years old, has successfully traversed its journey thus far and plans to attain even greater heights with lots of dedication and hard work of the committee members, MrPotnis said.

The AGM also saw the participation of representatives from the Calcutta Freight Brokers Association (CFBA), among them being the Chairman Mr Vivek Choudhary, Mr Manoj Kumar Vyas and Mr Raj Singh Chopra.

The Chief Guest at the trade get-together was

Mr Ugo Vincent, Managing Director, CMA CGM Agencies (India) Pvt. Ltd. Also gracing the occasion were

Mr Mathieu Friedberg, Global Head CAN Dept, Commercial Agency Network, CMA CGM SA, Marseilles, and Capt. Swaminathan Rajagopalan, Commercial Director, CMA CGM India.

In a brief address, Mr Vincent said that CMA CGM was happy to join in the evening with the freight brokers community, who are supposed to be the oldest and experienced people of the trade. He also briefed that CMA CGM has completed 40 years and will extend its support to the community.

He also stressed on the point that the entire shipping and logistics fraternity is working for the same industry, with the same passion to together create, day after day, the history of Indian shipping.

Mr Potnis thanked CMA CGM for their presence and support to the fraternity, and also hoped for stronger ties.

The get-together was well attended by Leading Shipping and Logistics stalwarts.

Bombay Overseas Freight Brokers Association (BOFBA) re-elects Sanjiv Potnis as Chairman

12th October, 2018


APM to shut station at Nava Sheva after violence - The Economic Times

28th September, 2018


Please check it out below link -

Air India news

27th August, 2018

New Delhi,

Fake Air India letter saying airline to be shut down by October 1 creates panic, govt orders probe -

Air India Rubbishes Notice About Company Shutting Down, Calls It Work of ‘Anti-Nationals’ -

Customer Advisory

17th August, 2018

Navi Mumbai,

Dear Valued Customers,

We wish to update you about the present Congestion Scenario at Nhava-Sheva Port Area, which has grown bad as the situation is deteriorating, and is very heavily congested. 

Queues for GTI have reached Karal Bridge and at NSIGT/NSICT spanning upto Ambewadi with double lanes of TT's.

On the other end the queues have reached Navghar Bridge Circle and trailers are lined upto Balmer Lawrie CFS trying to make way out getting the whole road jammed up.

Also it is understood from our transport team that Gate Operations at GTI are almost at complete halt since yesterday evening to midnight & again since early morning to till time, as internal congestion has also reached up to Gate Complex. 

Our Transport & Operations teams are putting out all their efforts and are continuously liaisoning with port officials to ensure Export containers make their vessel connect prior cut-off.

It has always been our endeavor to do so. We are putting in all our positive efforts and are doing best we can to gate in the export units.

The above is for your information and update please.

Please don't hold us responsible, considering the current scenario which is very chaotic & if any of the vehicles fails to gate in within cutoff as the situation is beyond our control.

Best Regards,

Delay in clearance of consignments due to restriction on vehicular movement at JNPT

10th August, 2018

Navi Mumbai,

Dear Member,
Greetings from BCBA,

A new circular has been posted at we request you to check the same.

The circular details are as follows :

Subject : Delay in clearance of consignments due to restriction on vehicular movement at JNPT


File No. : BCBA/CIR/646/2018

Public Notice No. : Circular

Date : 10-08-2018

Description : BCBA/CIR/646/2018           10th August 2018

All Members of the Association

Dear Members,

Sub : Delay in clearance of consignments due to restriction on vehicular movement at JNPT

Kindly note that the clearance of import and export consignments at JNPT will be adversely affected due to restrictions on the vehicular movement at JNPT imposed by local police authorities. This is likely to cause delay in clearance of import and export consignment at JNPT.

In this regards we have received an Advisory from Port Terminal.

Traffic restriction has been imposed on vehicular movement of exim cargo from 17.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs on daily basis.  

BCBA has represented the matter with JNPT Authorities and will update the situation soon.

Vinayak Aparaj 
Vice President

Delay in gate in process

1st August, 2018

Navi Mumbai,

Heavy traffic approaching towards Nhava Sheva.

It May reached up to kalamboli circle.

Hence it may delay in gate in process , so plan shipments to avoid shut outs.



9th February, 2018


Dear All,

Kindly note that due to prevailing bad weather in the region all shipping lines vessels are getting affected in terms of berthing and cargo operation in the surrounding regional ports, specially all the feeder vessels berthing/Operation is delayed at JEBEL ALI due to Thick Fog & Zero Visibility.

Due to these delays, T/S connections are affected up to certain extent and shipping lines are trying utmost by coordinating with the ports to mitigate the delays/connection of their T/S cargo.

This situation is beyond our control and request you to understand and support in this regard.

Kindly find below Weather Forecast.

WARNING : Fresh winds and moderate sea/swell developing later.

SYNOPTIC SITUATION : Low pressure over Gulf of Oman and southeast Iraq. Ridge of high pressure extends from eastern Turkey towards northern Saudi Arabia and thence towards southern Yemen. Strong high over northern Iran. Low pressure will occur over northern part of southern Gulf waters, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman today. High pressure will build over northern Saudi Arabia. NW winds will set in over most parts of Gulf waters with increase in waves. Conditions will ease on Friday, as low pressure shifts east towards Pakistan coast and high pressure extends over Gulf waters. A low pressure area from eastern Mediterranean Sea will approach Iraq in the coming days.

Local Weather Thursday 00:00 to Friday 00:00

Wind (Kt) : W-SW 10-15, increasing W-NW 13-20 later
Sea/Swell (Ft) : 1-3, increasing 3-5 by Friday morning
Visibility (nm) : 3-5
Weather : Dry
Max Temp (C) : 21
Sunrise/Sunset : 0702 / 1811

Local Weather Friday 00:00 to Saturday 00:00

Wind (Kt) : W-SW 13-20, decreasing W-NW 11-15 later
Sea/Swell (Ft) : 3-5, decreasing 2-4 by Saturday morning
Visibility (nm) : 3-5
Weather : Dry
Max Temp (C) : 21
Sunrise/Sunset : 0702 / 1812

Local Weather Saturday 00:00 to Sunday 00:00

Wind (Kt) : W-SW 11-15, decreasing W-NW 7-10 for a time
Sea/Swell (Ft) : 2-4, decreasing 1-3
Visibility (nm) : 3-5
Weather : Dry
Max Temp (C) : 21
Sunrise/Sunset : 0701 / 1813



Gate Position

18th January, 2018


Port : JNPT
Gate Position : FREE

Port : GTI
Gate Position : JAMED UP TO ONE KM.

Port : NSICT

Port : NSIGT


17th January, 2018


Major fire reported on MT Genessa (Oil Tanker) anchored 15 nautical miles
off Deendayal Port Kandla at 1800hrs today. The Tanker 183 metres in
length with a Draft of 10 metres is known to be carrying around 30,000
tonnes of High Speed Diesel.

The Indian Coast Guard swung into action on receipt of information. All
26 crew members evacuated safely (including 02 with burn injuries). Coast
Guardfighting fire using tugs and rigs available from nearby resource
agencies. ICG Interceptor Boat C-403 at the scene coordinating rescue and
fire fighting effort.
ICG Pollution Control team activated. 01 ICG Dornier also pressed into

JHT - Port Situation

28th November, 2017


Dear Customer,


Vessel scheduled to arrive at NSICT on 3Rd Dec @ 0600 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel scheduled to arrive at NSIGT on 29th Nov @ 1930 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at NSICT on 1st Dec @ 1800 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at NSICT on 4th Dec @ 0400 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at GTI on 29th Nov @ 0600 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at GTI on 2nd Dec @ 0200 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at GTI on 3rd Dec @ 0800 Hrs
Gates are open


Vessel schedule to arrive at NSICT on 04th Dec @ 1800 Hrs

Team Vdspl

Implementing Electronic Sealing for containers by exporters under self-sealing procedure by circular 26/2017

27th November, 2017


Interview taken on cargo talk magazine

18th October, 2017

London & Hong Kong,

"It's London and Hong Kong. It is too vibrant and unsullied to spend a quality time in a break." says Prashant N Popat, Director, Velji Dosabhai & Sons Pvt. Ltd.

Our chairman receiving award from Econ Shipping

8th September, 2017


Fire in the jnp port RTGC

8th September, 2017

Navi Mumbai,

In Visakhapatnam port one of the foreign cargo ship sinked at Berth

6th September, 2017


A Vietnamese vessel, MV Hai Duong 09, tilted to one side at the EQ berth number 5 in Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) in Vizag city at around 3.30 pm on Wednesday while iron billets were being loaded on to it.

Velji Dosabhai & Sons obtains Customs'AEO certification

4th September, 2017


Client Advisory - Implementing Electronic Sealing for Containers by exporters under self-sealing procedure prescribed vide circular 26/2017-Customs dated 1st July 2017

28th August, 2017

New Delhi,

Download from below link Circular no 36/2017-Customs, F.No.450/08/2015-Cus.IV dated 28th August 2017 issued by Central Board of Excise and Customs regarding Implementing electronic sealing for containers by exporters, for your information.

Download Circular No 36-2017-Customs

Antwerp port pitches itself as gateway to Europe for Rajkot industry

10th August, 2017


RAJKOT : "We have thrown a pebble in the pond and its ripples are spreading now." This is how Raj Khalid, who represents Port of Antwerp in India, summed up the first roadshow organized by the port on Wednesday.

In fact, this was the first ever roadshow-cum-seminar organized by any international port in Saurashtra's commercial capital, which is the hub of engineering goods and auto parts in India.

"It was a historic moment for Rajkot exporters and forwarders as no other port has ever approached them with such detailed information on easing their supply chain logistics to tap the international market," Khalid, former trader commissioner to Flanders, told TOI.

The seven-member delegation led by Luc Arnouts, its international working director also included Babette Desfossez, customs attache of Belgium, Peter Huyghebaert, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai and other top officials of the Port of Antwerp.

Besides the forwarders and exporters, representatives of AP Moller Maersk Terminals Port Pipavav also participated in the seminar to highlight the fact that they have direct shipping lines from their port to Antwerp now.

Among the major concerns of exporters and forwarders was the customs procedure at Antwerp. "They were surprised to know that it takes less than two minutes to get custom clearances for goods as the entire system is based on algorithm and there is no human interface involved," Khalid added.

According to rough estimates, around 2,000 containers are exported from Rajkot through various ports including Mundra and Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).

One of the biggest takeaways were the savings they could achieve with a smooth supply chain and delivery system due to efficient ports.
"The purpose of meet was to encourage exporters to take a closer look at their supply chain to get optimum efficiency, delivery times and costs. Often manufacturers look within the factory and the manufacturing process to get efficiencies when they may well lie beyond the factory walls," added Khalid.

The Port of Antwerp had organized the roadshow in association with Velji Dosabhai, the largest forwarder in Rajkot, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and the Saurashtra Vyapar Udyog Mandal (SUVM).

Parag Tejura, president of SUVM, said, "Exports of small and medium scale units in Rajkot have scaled up to Rs 300 crore after we organized three international conferences in the last two years. The meeting was very cordial and we hope more foreign ports will come and showcase their facilities now."

BOFBA elects new Managing Committee at AGM

10th August, 2017


Client Advisory - Maratha Kranti Morcha - 09th Aug 2017 in Mumbai

9th August, 2017


Dear Valued Customer,

Kindly be informed that on account of Maratha Kranti Morcha on 9th Aug 2017 which is going to take place @ Mumbai will foresee 57 silent rallies across Maharashtra, the Maratha community will come together on Wednesday, to conduct a massive silent rally in Mumbai that is expected to draw lakhs of participants.

The Maratha Kranti Morcha, that is sure to disrupt traffic movement in the city, will have a host of demands including reservations for the Maratha community. The rally will start from Jijamata Udyaan at 11am and culminate at Azad Maidan near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 5pm.

In order to ensure a smooth traffic flow for the commuters, police will divert some of the routes apart from closing down other roads. Even then On 9th August Wednesday we expect huge traffic jams due to this Morcha. Mumbai Pune road, Eastern Express Highway and Freeway will be affected badly. Lakhs of Vehicles and motorcycles are expected to enter Mumbai city.

We expect that this will affect the import and export cargo movements as well.


Proposed strike by port union in India

12th April, 2017


JNPT becomes First Major port to equip Radiological Detection System at all Gates

2nd February, 2017

Navi Mumbai,

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s No1 Container Port that handles more than 55% of total container traffic of all major ports, has advanced to become the first Major port to equip Radiological Detection System at all its Port gates – North, Central & South- in order to detect presence of any special nuclear material in containers passing through these gates. This system has been placed in view of detecting radiological elements in the containers passing through roads & rail gates. Installation of such devices in main areas would give an added lease of life to the major importers in the region of Aurangabad, Jalna, Wardha and others who import huge volume of scraps and raw metals to make finished goods.

With this installation, JNPT has successfully complied with the directives of the Govt of India to enable Radioactive Detection System for Port Security and has fully equipped itself to handle 100% secure in handling radioactive materials in all kinds of cargo, as per the international safety standards.

A total of 28 Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) has been installed at various locations, from where import containers are entering, for the purpose of radiological detection in the containers carrying various unshredded scraps and metallic waste. With the help of VMS, containers can detect the presence of radiological materials through specialized detecting characteristics in the system. In addition to this, JNPT has also installed 2 LIMB monitors for pedestrian traffic. Additionally, the system uses Portable Gazettes and monitors for detecting/identifying the radioactive source.

Shri Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT, said, “This step towards National security has always been our priority in enabling right technology at right place to establish not only a safe and secure ecosystem but also to provide modern services to EXIM trade.”

These hi-tech detection devices will provide a passive, non-intrusive means to screen containers and pedestrians for the presence of nuclear and radioactive materials. These equipment alert security personnel by means of audio/visual alarms locally and remotely. These equipments are connected to centrally located control room to monitor and maintain the history of the events. Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has made these equipments and handed over to JNPT for further installation to fulfill Port security and has already trained the CISF persons on this equipment and provided the operating procedures for the same to stabilize this process.

Client Advisory - Customs EDI system will be closed on account of budget 2017-18

29th January, 2017


Dear All,

This is to inform you that due to update of Budget 2017-18, the customs EDI system will be closed on 01st Feb 2017 from 03.00 pm till completion of updation of all changes in the EDI system. Due to this Shipping Bill numbers and Bill of Entry numbers are not getting generated. So no documents will be processed , which is out of our control.

Hence any shuts of cargo, we will not be responsible.

Kindly request you to plan your shipments accordingly.


Jam on NH8 due to speed restrictions on Versova bridge

27th September, 2016


With the restrictions on the Versova creek bridge on Ghodbundwer junction awaiting repairs, the Mumbai Ahmedabad National
Highway is jammed with vehicles piled up till Vasai.

One of the two lane bridge has been shut down. Cars are plying on the other lane and heavy barricades have been put up to prevent
buses from using the bridge.

North bound vehicles including cars and trucks are being diverted on the two-lane southbound bridge in a gap of 10 minutes.

Motorists heading to Mumbai took to social media to vent their anger on the over one hour wait to travel a three kilometer distance from
Maljipada in Vasai to the creek bridge.

Traffic officials manning the bridge told TOI that the closure of one lane and speed restriction of 20 kmph has caused massive traffic jam
on the highway.

Following the Mahad bridge tragedy in August, the state had undertaken inspection of all bridges. A crack was noticed on the Versova
creek bridge that was opened in 1973.

In December 2013, the bridge had undergone repairs.

Motorists said that the national Highway helpline number 1033 was unable to give any traffic updates.

Original drawings of Versova creek bridge that needs repairs not available : Bridge expert

22nd September, 2016


Civil engineering expert Dr V K Raina who on Thursday inspected the north bound Versova creek bridge on Ghodbunder junction that needs
repairs said that the original drawings of the bridge constructed in 1973 are missing. A horizontal girder of the 48.5 meter two-lane bridge that
leads to Gujarat and Delhi is believed to have developed a crack. It was noticed during inspection of the bridge following the Mahad bridge
collapse on August 2, which killed 28 and around 12 are missing.

On Thursday, one lane of the bridge was shut for vehicles for about an hour to carry out inspection. Raina along with state Public
Works Department (PWD) officials examined the bridge. It is learnt that the non-availability of the original drawings of the bridge has made
it difficult to make any progress on its repair. When contacted Raina said that the contractors who constructed the bridge have not been able
to make available the original drawings of the bridge.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to allow only light vehicles at a speed of 20 kmph. Heavy vehicles have been
banned on the bridge since September 10 though buses, both transport and private, are plying on it. The NHAI will be putting up barricades
on the bridge to prevent any heavy vehicles, including buses to ply on the bridge from Friday. The Thane collectorate has given its go-ahead
to shut the bridge. The NHAI is waiting for the Palghar collectorate to give its go-ahead for closure of the bridge.

NHAI sources said that the bridge can continue to remain open for light vehicles even while repair works are on. Sources said that not much
information about the bridge is available. The old drawings will help in understanding what needs to be done with the bridge.

Raina told TOI that he has inspected the bridge but would not be in a position to comment on its condition as he is still studying it. The bridge
was opened in 1973. He said that he is trying to gather as much material on the bridge to make sense of where the problem lies. The state
government will wait for Raina to submit his report before deciding on its repair.

All the bridges in the state are being inspected following the Mahad tragedy. NHAI sources said that they are trying to get down with repairing
the bridge on an urgent basis. The bridge was shut for six months in December 2013 when a horizontal girder developed a crack. The closure
of the bridge had led to massive traffic jams that extended to the Western Express highway.