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.
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
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
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.