The VOC Port Tuticorin situated near the land’s end in South Tamil
Nadu will emerge soon as The transshipment hubs of the country and would give a
tough competition to Colombo port which is currently cornering the Transshipment
traffic from the East Coast Ports.
a series of projects in the port during his day long visit on February 26 Shipping
Minister Nitin Gadkari said Chidambaranar Port will find a place in the league
of transshipment ports of the country on completion of the deepening of the
harbor basin to a depth of 16.50 meters widening of Entrance Channel and
strengthening of existing berths from one to six. These are ongoing projects
expected to be completed soon. He however did not spell out the time frame when
these projects would be completed’.
Minister who also holds the Road Transport Portfolio announced that the Madurai-
Tuticorin National Highway will soon be upgraded to six lanes. The highway
connecting the port to the temple city Madurai, a distance of about 150
kilometers has four lanes at present. The demand for expansion came from the
Tuticorin Member of Parliament and was conceded instantly by the Union
During his day long visit to the port on
Feburary 26th the Union Minister commissioned the Container Gantry Cranes
at berth number eight of the Dakshin Bharat Gateway terminal at an investment
of Rs 312.23 crores. He also inaugurated the Port Information Centre and the
Truck Parking Terminal at an investment of Rs 23.69 crores
The V.O.Chidambaranar Port 2nd Container
Terminal Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal Private Limited features 3 Rail
Mounted Quay Cranes, 9 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes etc. The container gantry
cranes have now been commissioned.
The PPP operator, Dakshin Bharat Gateway
Terminal would offer a revenue share of 55.19 per cent to the Port. The overall
length of the berth is 345 metres and the maximum draft is 13 metres. The
Terminal has the capacity to handle 6 lakhs TEUs per annum.
The Truck Parking Terminal in
V.O.Chidambaranar Port has been constructed at an investment of Rs.23.69
crores. The Truck Parking Terminal has been established at an area of 52,609
Sq.m. It is located at the proximity of all the Container Freight Stations in
Tuticorin and is just 8 Kilometres from the Port.
The project is envisaged as a ‘Ease of
Doing Business Initiative by Government of India for reducing the cost and
dwell time of cargo clearance in Ports. The Truck Parking Terminal will serve
as a Document Processing Centre for export cargo and clearing Centre for Direct
Delivery consignments with the presence of Customs officials and the Terminal
Operators as a one stop solution.
The Truck Parking Terminal features parking
slots for 200 vehicle at a time. The Truck Parking Terminal also provides
shelter to the Truck drivers and cleaners with dormitory at nominal cost,
canteen facilities etc.
State of the Art ‘Port Information Centre’ has been established at a total cost
of Rs 1.89 crores with a built up area of 445 Square meters. The Information
Centre facility is to bring out the soft values of seaports and to regenerate
the connection between Ports and citizens of the country.
houses LED panels depicting the evolution of and growth of the Port over
the years. The Touch screen kiosk systems would provide in depth
information on seaports, shipping, Indian ports, EXIM trade, Photo gallery and
video gallery. The Port model features the miniature of Port
installations in the Harbor estate. The Information centre also facilitates a theatre
room with seating capacity for 80 persons to enjoy the visual display of
Minister of state for Shipping, Pon
Radhakrishnan, while addressing the gathering mentioned that VOC Port is a
growing Port and has always shown promise in attaining an inclusive growth. He
lauded the efforts of VOC Port for undertaking the lead in establishing the
Port information centre which will bring out the esthetic, intellectual and
social aspects of Port Community life.
of the Port I.Jeyakumar welcomed the gathering and Mr S. Nararajan, Deputy
Chairman / VOCPT proposed the vote of thanks.