Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has commenced construction work at India’s first dedicated transshipment port, in Vizhinjam, Kerala. A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the occasion and was presided over by Shri. Ramachandran Kadannappally, Hon. Minister for Ports, Museums, Archaeology and Archives, in the presence of APSEZ Chief Executive, Shri. Karan Adani, and Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan.
The new container port will have a deep draft of 20.5m and the first phase of the berths being built will be 800m in length. The transshipment facility is expected to be operational within four years.
The aim is to attract to India some of the transshipment traffic currently handled through overseas ports, including Colombo in Sri Lanka. The port of Vizhinjam is located close to main shipping lanes connecting the Far East, Middle East Gulf and Europe.
APSEZ operates terminals in Mundra, Hazira, Tuna-Tekra, Dahej, Dhamra and Katupalli, as well as specialised coal handling facilities in Mormugao and Visakapatnam. In addition to the new transshipment hub in Kerala, APSEZ is currently setting up a new container terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu.