harbor optimization plan will soon be put in place at the VOC Port Tuticorin
near the land’s end in South Tamil Nadu to strengthen the port infrastructure
so that the port can handle 140 million tons of cargo a year Port Chairman I
a function organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to give
away the best export and port user awards, he was hopeful of getting Cabinet
approval for the projects by April this year. The projects will enhance the
efficiency and quality of port services.
work would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 2,000 crore to deepen the draft and it
was expected to be completed within in a span of three years. The existing
`12.8 meter draft at the port will be deepened to 16.5 meters to handle giant
sized container and Petroleum vessels. Over the last 11 years, only short-length
vessels were handled at the port and recently a 256-metre-long vessel was
handled on a trial basis. This had created a positive impact in the market.
Port, which remained a feeder line service port, would emerge as a complete
mainline vessel port in three years posing a stiff competition to Colombo port
which is surviving on transshipment cargo from the Indian east coast ports.
Jeyakumar said 50 per cent concession in vessel related charges would be
offered to encourage mainline vessels to call at the port. Currently, eight
feeder line vessels were calling at the port once a week.
significant development, a ship building and repairing yard on par with
international standards to compete with Dubai, Singapore and Colombo would come
up a the Tuticorin Port at a cost of Rs. 6,000 crore. A multi-national company
had shown interest in the project.
docks and three floating dry docks would be established and plans were also on
to run container trains to Bengaluru from Tuticorin port.
the new truck parking terminal was opened by shipping minister Nitin Gadkari
recently and Customs authorities had also agreed to do seal checking.
facility, ‘VOCPT instant Ease of Doing Business,’ had been created and any
issue could be addressed within five minutes through this facility.