On November One, 2006 Round the World Service (RTW) Service vessel
M V Limari, with an overall length of 269 meters made its first call at
Tuticorin port offering direct calls to Europe, Mediterranean countries, China
and US placing the Port in the international chart of the Container Trade. The
Port has handled the long Container Vessel eleven years ago.
At present VOC Port, the
vibrant seaport of South India ranks fourth among the major Indian ports in
terms of Container handling. The port handled 6.42 lakh TEUs during the last
financial year. In the current financial year 2017-18 the port has handled 3.78
lakhs TEUs till October 25. JNPT in the West Coast and Chennai Port in the East
Coast are ahead of Tuticorin.
Two terminals operated by PSA SICAL and
. Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminals possess a combined capacity of 1.17 Million
TEUs. The full fledged operations of M/s. Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminals is
expected by January 2018.
order to cope with the Container Traffic forecast of 3.28 Million TEUs by the
major Ports by the year 2025-26, plans are on the anvil by the Tuticorn Port
authority to Deepen the Harbour Basin
and Approach Channels to facilitate draft of 15.20 metres (12.80m
present draft), Modify the Harbour Entrance to 230 metres (153m present width),
strengthen the berths 1 to 6 and convert the berths 3 and 4 as Container
Terminal to handle Very Large Container Carriers (VLCC) up to 14000 TEUs