Mumbai: Shipping lines calling at India's largest grain handling port located at Kandla on the western coast will have to pay between 15% and 50% more for docking at the port to load and unload cargo, after the tariff regulator for the Union government-run ports approved a hike in vessel related charges.
The tariff hike is not applicable to the Vadinar division of Kandla Port and its satellite port at Tuna.
The new rates will remain in force for three years till 31 March 2010.
Faced with higher calling costs, shipowners have threatened to call at other ports. [16/07/07]