The Captain of Ports has imposed restrictions on barges navigating the Cumbarjua Canal and under the Banastarim Bridge, limiting speeds to 4 knots per hour and allowing operations only during the day. The standards were introduced to ensure the safety of the bridge and safe passage through the canal, particularly with the upcoming monsoons. Staff from the Captain of Ports, Marine Police, and Goa Barge Owners’ Association (GBOA) will monitor barge movement and compliance with international collision regulations. Barges must stop 500 meters from the bridge and proceed carefully at no more than 4 knots per hour. Only barges up to 70 meters long and 14 meters wide can pass through the canal and under the bridge.
GBOA must add large tires and fenders to the bridge piers to prevent damage, and any damages to the bridge structure will be repaired at the expense of the barge owner. Barge owners must ensure vessels are well-maintained, crews can navigate the canal, and priority is given to ferries crossing the channel. The CoP advises barges to navigate with extreme caution, keeping an eye on the tides, avoiding contact with the bridge, power lines, and other critical infrastructure. Regular monitoring is being provided by the ports’ captain or marine police and GBOA staff to guarantee smooth operations.