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First crane shipment from China set to arrive on October 4 at Vizhinjam Port in Kerala

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The first shipment carrying cranes from China is scheduled to arrive at Vizhinjam Port on October 4, according to Kerala’s Ports Minister, Ahamed Devarkovil. A special event will be held at the Adani-operated Vizhinjam Port to welcome the ship, with participation from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister for Ports Sarbananda Sonowal, he told reporters here.

Minister Devarkovil also revealed that three more ships are expected to arrive at Vizhinjam Port, with one scheduled for October and two more in November following the arrival of the first ship. The construction of the port, with an estimated cost of Rs 7,700 crore, is on track for commissioning by May of next year.

“We hope to commission the port by May next year,” Devarkovil said, adding that Adani Ports Private Ltd has decided to complete all the works by December this year. He said 75 per cent of the breakwater construction is also complete.

“This is the one and only port in the country that provides more than 20 metres of depth without dredging and is closer to the International Maritime Channel.”
Rajesh Jha, MD and CEO of Adani Ports Private Ltd., told PTI that the port is going to handle all the international cargo transhipment to India.”This is going to be one of the biggest ports in the world, and it is going to give a great financial benefit to Kerala as it is going to handle all the transhipment requirements,” Jha said.On September 20, Chief Minister Vijayan will reveal the logo and name of the Vizhinjam Port during an event in Thiruvananthapuram. The construction of the Vizhinjam Port is being carried out through a public-private partnership model.The Adani Group serves as the private partner in the development of the Vizhinjam Port, which, once completed, is set to become one of the world’s largest ports. The project, initially slated for commissioning in 2019, faced delays primarily due to land acquisition challenges. Additionally, the Vizhinjam project witnessed protests from local fishermen who expressed concerns about potential adverse effects on their livelihoods.

Inputs from PTI

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