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Adani’s Vizhinjam Port Approved as India’s First Transshipment Hub

Adani Group’s Vizhinjam Port in Kerala has received approval from the government to operate as India’s inaugural transshipment port. This designation is significant as it allows cargo to be transferred from large vessels to smaller ones, contributing to India’s goal of becoming a manufacturing hub. Presently, a substantial portion of India’s transshipment cargo is handled by ports abroad, such as those in Colombo and Singapore.

Key Highlights

Government Approval for Transshipment Operations

  • The Ministry has sanctioned Adani’s Vizhinjam Port to function as a transshipment hub, marking a milestone for India’s maritime sector.
  • This approval is essential for the establishment of customs facilities at the port, facilitating smoother operations.

Background and Project Overview

  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) initiated the Vizhinjam transshipment project in 2015, with a planned completion by 2019. However, it is now slated to commence operations within the current fiscal year.
  • The port aims to capture a significant share of India’s transshipment market, currently dominated by foreign ports like Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Infrastructure and Capacity

  • Vizhinjam Port boasts advanced automation and infrastructure capable of accommodating Megamax containerships, the largest vessels worldwide.
  • Its initial phase is designed to handle one million TEUs, with provisions for expansion up to 6.2 million TEUs in subsequent phases.

Financial Performance and Future Outlook

  • APSEZ is set to announce its financial results for January-March 2024 on May 2, following a successful fiscal year 2023-24 marked by a 24% year-on-year increase in cargo handling, totaling 420 million metric tonnes globally.

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