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How the Vizhinjam port can transform India’s shipping industry

How the Vizhinjam port can transform India's shipping industry

In exciting news, Kerala’s Minister for Ports, Ahamed Devarkovil, recently announced that the first ship carrying cranes from China is set to arrive at Vizhinjam Port on October 4. This development has generated significant buzz in the shipping industry.

To mark this milestone, a special event at the Adani-operated Vizhinjam Port will be attended by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister for Ports Sarbananda Sonowal. What’s even more intriguing is that this is just the beginning. Minister Devarkovil revealed that three more ships are scheduled to dock at Vizhinjam, with one arriving in October and two more in November.

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Vizhinjam Port, a massive undertaking with an estimated cost of Rs 7,700 crore (Rs 77 billion), is on track to be commissioned by May 2024. Notably, Adani Ports Private Ltd has committed to completing all the necessary work by December of this year, ensuring swift progress.

What makes Vizhinjam Port truly remarkable is its natural advantage. Unlike many ports that require extensive dredging to accommodate large vessels, Vizhinjam offers a water depth of more than 20 meters without the need for such modifications. This natural depth, combined with its proximity to the International Maritime Channel, positions Vizhinjam Port as a unique and strategically valuable asset for India.

According to Rajesh Jha, the Managing Director and CEO of Adani Ports Private Ltd, Vizhinjam Port is poised to become one of the largest ports globally. This ambitious project is expected to deliver substantial financial benefits to the state of Kerala, especially as it is well-equipped to handle transshipment requirements efficiently.

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The recent unveiling of Vizhinjam Port’s logo and name by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on September 20, 2023, marks an exciting step forward in India’s shipping fortunes. This major infrastructure project has the potential to revolutionize India’s maritime industry and bolster its position on the global shipping map.

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