Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport - Gateway to India's furtue an emmerging Internatonal Deepwater seaport and Container Transshipment Terminal. It is designed to cater primarily for container transhipments besides multi-purpose and break bulk cargo.
During the last decade, there has been a steady growth of container traffic at the Indian ports. Currently, the majority of these ports rely on direct services or use far off ports for their transshipment needs. This necessitates the establishment of an International Deepwater Seaport and Container Transshipment Terminal in the Southern Indian Peninsula
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The port is proposed at Vizhinjam, 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, capital of State of Kerala. Kerala being the southern most state in India beset by Arabian Sea. The proposed Vizhinjam port is just 10 nautical miles from the International Shipping Lane. The Vizhinjam port is endowed with a natural seawater depth of up to 24 m as close as one nautical mile from the seacoast. Due to this natural depth, Vizhinjam can attract the largest container vessels currently in operation and also the future mega container carriers. Site needs minimal capital dredging thus the project cost and maintenance cost will be minimum.
Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport is an ambitious project taken up by Government of Kerala.
Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport port is being developed as a Transhipment Hub, to cater current largest mother vessel. Design Vessel: 18000 TEU Birth Length: 2000 Mts. Draught: 18.4 Mts.
The Kerala cabinet on June 10th 2015, decided to award the multi-thousand crore Vizhinjam international port and deep-water container transshipment terminal to Adani Ports and SEZ, the sole bidder. Adani Ports have drawn up a plan to touch 300 MMT of cargo by 2020 Once completed, the port would enable ships with a capacity of even 18,000 TEU (20-feet equivalent units) to dock.
The proposed port, located close to the busy international shipping route, is envisaged to handle 4.1 million containers annually.
The proposed Vizhinjam port is just 10 nautical miles from the International Shipping Lane. The Vizhinjam port is endowed with a natural seawater depth of up to 24 m as close as one nautical mile from the seacoast. Due to this natural depth, Vizhinjam can attract the largest container vessels currently in operation and also the future mega container carriers. Site needs minimal capital dredging thus the project cost and maintenance cost will be minimum.
Vizhinjam port to support india's economic growth
Competitive Advantages of Vizhinjam:
Vizhinjam is an all-weather port located on the Southern tip of the sub-continent, it is just 10-12 nautical miles from the busy Persian Gulf - Malacca shipping lanes which carry almost a one third of the world shipping traffic. Central to the eastern and western coast lines of India - can cater to the needs of both west and east coast. The proposed transshipment terminal will be an ideal location for attracting mainline vessels ranging from Post Panamax to Malacca-max in a phased manner. The proposed site is endowed with natural depth of more than 20 m as close as one Nautical Mile from the sea coast. The proposed site has minimal Littoral drift and as such would hardly require any maintenance dredging during the years of operation. This will result in low O&M Costs.
The proposed port is a Green-field project, away from urban/city limits, and thus can be master planned and shaped by the professional and experienced developer as per his own efficient designs and needs. The Port can turn out to be an efficient, modern and highly productive port with design, expertise and experience of the successful developer having international experience in such ports. Once the port is up, Indian exporters will not have to rely on foreign ports for trans-shipment of cargo. It is expected to save at least 1000 crores in expenditure annually