Trial Run of Cargo Handling Operations Set to Begin at Vizhinjam International Seaport

The much-anticipated trial run of cargo handling operations at the Vizhinjam International Seaport is scheduled to commence by the end of May 2024, marking a significant milestone in the port’s journey toward full-scale operations. With the arrival of specialized cranes from China and meticulous preparations by port officials, the trial run is expected to demonstrate the port’s capabilities in efficiently handling cargo.

The Vizhinjam International Seaport in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has been gearing up for the trial run by making essential arrangements, including the appointment of technical experts. Notably, the port company has procured 32 cranes from China to facilitate cargo handling operations. These cranes comprise 24-yard cranes and eight ship-to-shore cranes, essential components for efficient port operations.

Since last August, a steady stream of cranes has been arriving at the port from China, with the latest delivery including yard and ship-to-shore cranes necessary for the trial run. The Zhenhua-35, a Chinese heavy load carrier ship, recently returned to the port with four-yard cranes and two ship-to-shore cranes. Following all necessary approvals, the technical team facilitated the docking of the ship, ensuring the smooth transition of the cranes to the port premises.

Presently, the Vizhinjam International Seaport is equipped with 20-yard cranes and 6 ship-to-shore cranes, laying a solid foundation for the trial run. The remaining four-yard cranes and two ship-to-shore cranes, crucial for completing the port’s crane requirements, are expected to be delivered by the second week of May, further bolstering the port’s operational capacity.

The commencement of the trial run signifies a crucial phase in the development of the Vizhinjam International Seaport, which holds immense potential to emerge as a key player in the maritime trade landscape.

Successful cargo handling operations during the trial run will instill confidence among stakeholders and pave the way for the port to attract significant cargo volumes in the future. Additionally, the port’s strategic location and state-of-the-art infrastructure position it as a preferred choice for international shipping companies seeking efficient and reliable port services.

As the Vizhinjam International Seaport prepares to embark on its trial run of cargo handling operations, all eyes are on the port to showcase its capabilities and efficiency. With the arrival of specialized cranes and meticulous preparations by port officials, the stage is set for a successful trial run, marking a significant step forward in the port’s journey towards becoming a premier maritime hub in the region.

Earlier this month Logistics Insider reported that although the deadline for finishing the second and third phases of the project was set at 2045, the state government asked AVPPL to complete the construction by 2028. It also established additional conditions for signing a tripartite agreement to secure the release of the INR 818 crore viability gap funding from the center to AVPPL.

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