To transform into a major transshipment hub, the V O Chidambaranar Port in Thoothukudi — fourth-largest container port in India — is planning to build a third container terminal, The Hindu Business Line has reported.
According to the report, the port trust plans to convert berth number nine into a new container terminal. The new terminal is likely to have a handling capacity of 0.6 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs). The trust has also identified berth number ten for future expansion with a handling capacity of 0.88 TEUs.
“Converting the ninth berth into a third container berth is the only option to grow into a 2-million container port in 2023,” the daily’s report quotes J P Joe Villavarayar of Vilson Shipping, Thoothukudi, as saying.
This development comes after Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, flagged off the first container mainline vessel from the port in December last year, Read More
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