Vizhinjam International Transshipment Terminal to welcome first container by December – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first container ship will dock at the Vizhinjam Container Transshipment Terminal under construction in December following the construction of a wharf, Ports Minister Ahmed Devarkovil said on Friday. The Center gave the DPR a nod to set up rail connectivity to the port from Balaramapuram Railway Station.

The track will be built underground. Ahmed was speaking to reporters in New Delhi after speaking with Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on the sidelines of the Sagarmala committee meeting. “Work at the port is progressing rapidly to ensure the docking of the first container ship by December. For this, the construction of a wharf will be completed. The cranes for moving the containers will be brought in time so that minimum facilities are required.

The arrangement will be such that one ship is anchored at a time and the next sails once the first ship has departed. It is temporary. The port will become fully operational next year after work is completed on all quays,” Ahmed told TNIE. He said the government had accelerated measures due to the crisis in Sri Lanka.

“There is now a 140% increase in container handling at Vallarpadam. We should take the opportunity and at least make sure that a ship docks by the end of this year. Work on the breakwater will continue even in the event of heavy rain. The barges will be moved to Kollam and nearby ports so that they can be brought to Vizhinjam as needed,” he said.

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