Cy­clone Vayu puts Gu­jarat ports on alert, ves­sels asked to leave

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Ateeq Shaikh [email protected]­

Mum­bai: Port author­i­ties in Gu­jarat have started gear­ing up to brace cy­clone Vayu that is ex­pected to hit the coast at 3 am on Thurs­day. En­try of ships at ports at Gu­jarat has been dis­al­lowed and those within the port area will be made to leave by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The se­vere cy­clonic storm is ex­pected to make a land­fall along the coast be­tween Diu,pi­pavav and Mahuva.

On the pre­pared­ness, San­jay Me­hta, chair­man, Deen­dayal Port Trust, or DPT (for­merly Kandla Port Trust), told DNA Money, “Peo­ple from Kandla port’s low ly­ing ar­eas will com­mence start­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing.”

Shel­ters for evacuation have been iden­ti­fied wherein these peo­ple will be moved.

At DPT as well as other ports, in­clud­ing those un­der the Gu­jarat Mar­itime Board (GMB), en­try to all in­com­ing ves­sels has been stopped.

“Ves­sels have also been asked to leave the port area dur­ing the day on Wed­nes­day and go to high seas as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure,” said a GMB of­fi­cial.

It is safer to cast ships off for high seas rather than let­ting them be an­chored in the port premises.

DPT has set up three con­trol rooms, in­clud­ing one at Vad­i­nar and Gad­hid­ham each. All the ports are on high alert due to the ap­proach­ing storm.

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