Drafts are subject to fluctuations according to the rise of tide and the
conditions of governing bars. The Port Trust publishes a monthly draft
forecast, six (6) weeks in advance, copies of which are available at the
Harbour Master's (River) office at 4 Garden Reach Road, Calcutta 700 023,
and also with Manager (Marine Operations), Haldia Dock Complex, Chiranjubpur,
P.O. Haldia, District Midnapore.
The River Hooghly can generally be navigated as far as Calcutta during the
June to October
At High Water Springs by vessels drawing 8.7 m draft and at High Water
Neaps by vessels drawing 8 m.
October to June
By vessels drawing between 6.7 to 8.2 m draft.
It is always important to check the anticipated draft before committing
larger vessels to Calcutta.