Vizhinjam Port: On a path to becoming a transshipment hub

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Vizhinjam Port, nestled on the southern tip of India, is poised to become the country’s most sought-after transshipment hub, for which recently, Adani Ports unveiled their ambitious plans. With an initial investment of approximately INR 7,700 crore and the developer’s clear vision for the outcome, Vizhinjam Port is well on its way to achieving this milestone.

It is known that the port’s journey toward becoming a key transshipment hub is going to unfold in two phases, where each step will be marked by substantial investments and groundbreaking innovations.

In phase one, Adani Ports has dedicated a substantial amount of INR 7,700 crore, which will be invested in the construction of state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities at the port to handle container cargo efficiently. This sizeable investment in the Vizhinjam Port sets the stage for its success in the future.

Phase two promises to be even more transformative with plans to develop over 800 meters of key length along the Vizhinjam Port. This designation signifies its capacity to handle a significant volume of cargo and firmly establishes it as a transshipment hub.

The developers of the Port have also taken care that one of the standout features of Vizhinjam Port remains its commitment to operating on cutting-edge technology. The port aims to commission itself as India’s first semi-automated container terminal. This transition into semi-automation will place it in the league of ports around the world that have embraced automation and innovation to enhance efficiency.

The adoption of semi-automation is expected to bring several advantages including efficient, reliable & cost-effective operations, global competitiveness, and enhanced safety and reliability.

Another crucial factor in its quest to become a transshipment hub is the Vizhinjam Port’s strategic location. Situated on the southern tip of India, it is strategically located close to international maritime shipping lines. This proximity to major shipping routes is a game-changer, as it can significantly reduce transit times for cargo moving through the region.

Moreover, the deep waters at the Port’s location allow the Port to accommodate larger vessels, making it even more attractive to international shipping lines. With a deep connection to maritime routes, Vizhinjam Port is poised to emerge as a pivotal point for cargo transfers.

The excitement surrounding Vizhinjam Port is palpable. An alignment of forces is coming together to support its transformation into a transshipment hub. The trade community, shipping lines, and the larger EXIM (Export-Import) community have all expressed interest in the project. This collective interest is a testament to the potential that Vizhinjam Port holds.

As the project advances, it is expected to draw increased attention and participation from stakeholders within the global shipping and trade network. This alignment of forces is a positive sign, indicating the port’s trajectory towards success.

Once the Vizhinjam Port is fully developed, it will be a source of national pride and serve as India’s response to the global need for efficient transshipment facilities. In fact, the port’s inauguration was a significant milestone, setting a turnover target of 5,000 to 6,000 crore as soon as the port becomes operational. It has also garnered a lot of support from the local community and people of Kerala.

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