Vizhinjam International Seaport Gains Key Security Certification Ahead of Opening

Prior to the scheduled opening of the Vizhinjam International Seaport, it has secured the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code certification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency. This certification is essential for facilitating international ships’ operations to and from the port, including high-speed cargo, bulk carriers, and other types of cargo vessels.

The ISPS Code, developed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is universally adopted to enhance maritime security and mitigate the risk of terrorist activities. Rigorous security measures are implemented at ports to obtain this certification, ensuring safer maritime transport globally.

Additionally, the port is set to commence trial operations in May, initially utilizing barges loaded with containers. The Adani Group officials, responsible for developing the port under a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Transfer (DBFOT) basis, aim to initiate full commercial operations by Onam.

Progress on the port infrastructure is substantial, with approximately 79 percent completion of breakwater construction, 90 percent of berth construction, and 90 percent of dredging and reclamation work. Out of the required 32 cranes, 15, including four ship-to-shore cranes, have already arrived, with the rest expected to be delivered by April and May. Automation of these cranes will take time, but officials are optimistic about starting operations by September.

Furthermore, the Vizhinjam port received ₹145 crore from the Centre for capital investment, although a proposal for ₹1,080 crore in financial assistance was declined due to the state’s failure to meet certain mandatory conditions, including branding of previously funded projects. The allotted funds were a restructuring of the previous fiscal’s allocation.

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