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Birth centenary of architect of Tuticorin Port observed last month

The One hundredth birth anniversary of father of Tuticorin Port PSTS Thiraviratnam was observed in the port town late last month. The day also coincided with 80th year of the founding of leading Logistic company in the state PSTS Logistics which he had founded in the 1940's.

Late Thiraviaratnam started the Logistics company in 1941

Late Thiraviaratnam started the Logistics company in 1941, at the age of 20. He foresaw the need for a professional shipping industry, expanded his business by offering ship agency services at old port of Tuticorin, which was then a lighterage port.

He was instrumental in the formation of Tuticorin Harbour Development Council. As a council secretary, he led a team of delegates, met the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and requested for a deep port. This led to the creation of the current Tuticorin Major Port. Late congress leader K T Kosalram and the then chief minister K Kamaraj supported his efforts to the hilt.

Thirviratnam's contribution was held in such high regard that he was given the title ‘Father of Tuticorin Port’ by the then chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust NK Raghupathy. Thiraviaratnam breathed his last on June 17, 2007. “His vision continues to energise the next generations till today,” says J Ganesh Ram, his grandson.

From being a leading player in port logistics industry to providing end-to-end port logistics services from Pearl City to ports along East Coast and across the country PSTS has grown from strength to strength. PSTS was declared the ‘Stevedore of the Year’ consecutively for five years at the South East India Cargo Logistics Award.

To serve the community at large, Thiraviaratnam, along with his three sons formed PSTS Foundation

To serve the community at large, Thiraviaratnam, along with his three sons formed PSTS Foundation. It is headed by T Udaysankar as its managing trustee along with T Velsankar and J Ganesh Ram as trustees. The trust has undertaken various initiatives in education.
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