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Old February 22nd, 2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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Kerala Water Transport | KSWTC | Waterways

This thread is for kerala water transportation, private boats and vessels, govt water transport and waterways.

Seaports in Kerala

Name of ports and location:Latitude/Longitude.

Major
Kochi

Non-Major
KOVALAM / VIZHINJAM
Lat. 80 22’ N
Long. 760 57’ E.

KOLLAM (Thankasserry)
Lat. 80 56’ N
Long. 760 34’ E.

ALLEPPEY
Lat. 90 30’ N
Long. 760 19’ E.

TRIVANDRUM
Lat. 80 29’ N
Long. 760 57 E.

NEENDAKARA
Lat. 80 56’ N
Long. 760 32’E

MUNAMBAM / KODUNGALLUR
Lat. 100 11’ N
Long. 760 10’ E.

PONNANI
Lat. 100 47’ N
Long. 750 55’ E.

BEYPORE
Lat. 110 08’ N
Long. 750 51’ E.

CALICUT
Lat. 110 15’ N
Long. 750 46’ E.

THALASSERRY
Lat. 110 51’ N
Long. 750 29’ E.

KANNUR
Lat. 110 51’ N
Long. 750 22’ E

AZHIKKAL
Lat. 110 56’ N
Long. 750 17’ E.

KASARAGOD
Lat. 120 29’ N
Long. 740 59’ E

MANJESWARAM
(KASARAGOD DISTRICT)

KAYAMKULAM
(ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT)

NEELESWARAM
(KASARAGOD DISTRICT)

MANAKKODAM
(ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT)

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Old February 23rd, 2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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Kerala govt to consider Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod waterway development project on priority

The State Government of Kerala, has announced to give the priority attention to the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod waterway development project, as announced by the Minister for Water Resources, Mr PJ Joseph.

While inaugurating a seminar recently organised by the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) here, the minister said that the government would try its best to take the project to the next level regardless of the cost involved.

The seminar was themed at 'Wetland and Sustainable Tourism with Special Focus on North Kerala' was held in association with the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.

The minister emphasised that the waterway is important for the development of the tourism by linking wetlands and also for the movement of cargo. He calls for a need to preserve all the wetlands in the state and asked for government help to guard them against being polluted.

Likewise, the Kavvai and Kattampilly wetlands in North Kerala were also vital to the state and efforts would be made to earn them prominence at the national level. Pollution is the major threat to wetlands and soon the mobile laboratories will be deployed to check the menace.
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Where is Kavvayi-Valiyaparamba backwater - the third largest in Kerala? Such are the maps used by stupid authorities. Koopa mandookams. No wonder that less tourists visits Malabar.
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Where are the Koalathupulai Ar,Muvattupula,Ponnami?
Seems some 'neighbours' prepared the map..
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Its from mapsofindia.com. Maps are never good from them.
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Kerala bets on coastal shipping to de-congested roads

Coastal cargoes will get a direct subsidy of Re 1 a tonne per kilometre. JACOB THOMAS, DIRECTOR, PORTS

It may be a little late in the day, but the Kerala Government is going the whole hog to revamp its maritime sector. The State has listed a number of projects for private investments, worked out an incentive scheme to boost costal shipping and finally decided to constitute a Maritime Board to oversee the developments in the sector. According to Jacob Thomas, Director, Ports, a key objective of these initiatives is to divert cargo from the congested roads to waterways and coastal shipping. In conversation with Business Line recently, Thomas explained the rationale behind these initiatives.

You are planning several new ports. Where do you think the cargo will come from?

The cargo for Kerala ports need not be generated within the state. Kochi port has been receiving cargo, even though the manufacturing base in Kerala is not producing enough volume. Transhipment is not based on local cargo. Cargo can come from other countries and also from other States. For example, we are developing a large port at Ponnani and cargo to this port is expected to come mainly from Tirupur-Coimbatore belt.

What about coastal cargo?

We have identified four types of cargo for coastal shipping — construction materials, foodgrains, LPG and vehicles. These are now coming to Kerala from other states by road or rail. We want to bring them by ships.

Movement of cargo to Lakshwadeep also has great potential. Currently, two lakh tonnes of general cargo is shipped annually from Beypore port. The volume is expected to go up with the changing lifestyle of people in the Islands.

We are developing seven ports — Vizhinjam, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kodungalloor, Ponnani, Beypore and Azhikal. Our target is to divert at least 20 per cent of the cargo currently moved by road to coastal shipping by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.

Are there specific projects?

Two dedicated terminals for handling cement will be set up at Kollam and Azhikal on public-private-partnership basis. Azhikal will have one million tonnes capacity and Kollam five lakh tonnes. Two cement companies have already approached us and the tender will be awarded shortly. It is estimated that prices of cement will come down by Rs 50 a bag if transported by coastal ships.

Besides cement, granite, tiles and other construction materials coming from Gujarat and other parts of the country to the State can also be moved by sea.

Kollam is also being developed as a cashew hub. The plan is to move export consignments by coastal vessels to Kochi port. These are currently carried by trucks.

We plan to bring foodgrains, sugar, pulses and other commodities by ships.

Currently, they are moved by road or rail from Rajasthan and Punjab. It would be much cheaper to move them by sea from Gujarat. Our plan is to divert at least 50 per cent of these commodities to coastal shipping. Kodungallore and Baypore ports are ready to handle food grains and the first shipment of wheat is expected to arrive in November.

We have also identified Kollam and Azhikal ports for setting up LPG terminals. After the recent road accident in the State involving an LPG tanker, we have decided to go ahead with this plan on a priority basis.

What is the subsidy for coastal shipping announced recently by the State?
To promote costal shipping, the Government proposes to provide financial support. Coastal cargoes will get a direct subsidy of Re 1 a tonne per km. Coastal vessels will enjoy a discount in port charges. Besides, soft loan will be provided to buy vessels at an interest rate of two per cent for up to 40 per cent of the cost of the vessel, and at a rate of 10 per cent for up to 80 per cent of the vehicle’s cost.

Is there a Budget provision for the scheme?

The proposal is to create a Rs 300-crore fund to finance the incentive scheme, which will be operated by the State Maritime Board. This will be from the Rs 930 core allocated for the development of the sector.

What about passenger transport?

We are developing passenger facilities linking major tourist destinations, such as Kollam, Alleppy and Kochi. We also plan to have regular passenger service from Valiyathura in Thiruvanathapuram to Baypore in the north. This will link the two major intentional ports in the State.

Will all the new projects come under the proposed State Maritime Board? When will it become functional?

We have completed all legal formalities and are awaiting Cabinet approval to constitute the board. Not only all port projects but all the maritime resources will come under the board. These include all infrastructure up to 12 nautical miles. In Kerala, they also include inland waterways as they are covered by river-sea vessel regulations.

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Good news for Kerala Inland water ways and coastal shipping...
Kerala is blessed to have an inland water connectivity and it is better late than never- let the potential be tapped well to promote freight transport through the waterways.
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National Waterway: Compensation to fishermen likely to be hiked

Aimed at clearing the bottlenecks in the completion of the Kollam-Kottappuram National Waterway III (NW3) being developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India the Department of Fisheries and Ports has decided to increase the compensation for fishermen who will lose their stake nets as part of the project.

The NW3 is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2012. Once the development work is completed, the projected cargo movement by 2020 is 7.17 million tonnes. As per the plan, the NW3 will have 11 terminals.

“The government has decided to enhance the compensation amount. The decision was taken at a meeting of the stakeholders held on November 7. However, the revised amount has not been finalised yet. Around hundred nets have already been removed in Kollam district and the government has provided an amount of Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the licence holders and Rs 50,000 to those whithout it. Both the amounts would be revised,” Excise and Ports Minister K Babu told Express.

He also said that the government is looking into the possibility of relocating the nets, instead of removing the same. “But this is not possible at all the locations. There are stiff protests at many places in Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts,” Babu said.

The cargo movement along the NW3 which was 1.17 million tonnes in 2005-2006 had come down to 0.76 million tonnes in 2008-2009. Hurdles in developing the 76-km Alappuzha-Kollam stretch, is the main reason for a fall in the volume of cargo transported.

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Alappuzha-Changanassery Canal widening project still in a limbo

The widening of the Alappuzha-Changanassery (AC) Canal, a project under the Kuttanad Package, is yet to make any progress mainly due to the delay in the eviction of traders and families living on either side of the canal.

A study on the AC Canal conducted by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, has stressed upon the renovation and deepening of the canal, which is the considered as the backbone of Kuttanad. This is on account of the various problems frequently occurring due to the present condition of the canal.

The AC Canal is greatly depended for discharging water from the paddy polders

to the Pallathuruthy river. But, the work on the canal can move forward only if the people are evicted from the area.

Moreover, narrow bridges is also a cause of worry. The paddy fields get water-logged soon after a heavy downpour in the upper Kuttanad area. The AC road is also prone to get submerged in the water.

The Swaminathan Foundation reports says: “Undertake construction of AC canal to complete the unfinished sections of this canal with removal of all blocks, encroachments, land fillings, between Onnamkara to Pallathuruthy. Ensure the width of the canal is at least 50 m and depth to the desired level. Strengthen the bund south of the canal to provide protection to the poor families living on this bund.”

The study revealed that about 171 shops and about 18 houses have been constructed on encroached land. As per the study, `80 crore will be needed for the widening of the canal. The Irrigation Department had formulated a detailed project report (DPR) on the project as directed by the Central Water Commission (CWC).

The work on the canal has been divided into three phases. The first phase covers Manakkal Chira to Onnamkara, the second phase Onnamkara to Nedumudi and the third phase is from Nedumudi to Pallathuruthy. Four bridges come under the first phase in which the Kidangara bridge is the narrowest. The study recommends the reconstruction of the Kidangara bridge. The Irrigation Department had proposed `20.79 crore for the first phase. It was approved by the Central government in 2009, but the constructed has not started yet. Of the allotted amount, only `12 lakh has been spent for survey and demarcation. About 33 bridges will be widened in this phase.

The main hurdle in beginning the widening work is the eviction of the encroachers. A native of Kidangara, Ramesh, said: “No political party seems to willing to carry out the eviction process as it could affect their vote bank. Unless the rulers take an initiative, the widening work will never begin.

Ramesh said, “Another reason for the delay is the contactors’ demand for hike in the construction rate. The contractors, who have taken up the work, have stopped the construction and are asking for a revised rate, which would only benefit them and the political parties,” Ramesh said.

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Work on canal to begin soon


The work to develop a four-km canal stretch as part of the proposed Mahe-Vadakara inland navigation link for connecting rivers and backwaters in the region will begin soon.

The Inland Navigation Department has initiated steps for inviting tender for prequalification and execution of the works.

Engineers at the division office here on Monday said the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)-aided project for developing the four-km stretch from the Moozhikkal regulator to the Kanninada bridge would be completed in two or three years on awarding the works.

The estimated cost of the project for excavating the four-km stretch of the 17.62-km Mahe-Vadakara canal is Rs.21.5 crore.

The canal will connect the artificial waterway links joining the rivers and the backwaters to be part of the waterway. The Mahe- Vadakara canal will link the Murat (Kuttyadi) river in the south and the Mahe river in the north.

The three-km canal being developed will have a bottom width of 32 metres. The engineers said the work could be completed in two to three years. This stretch of the canal was an important portion of the proposed Mahe-Vadakara canal, they said.

The four-decade old proposal for the Mahe-Vadakara canal still remains on paper. Earlier, a revised proposal for the development of the entire stretch of the proposed canal was submitted by the State government to the Ministry of Surface Transport.

The Mahe-Vadakara canal has been planned as a major link for the development of the inland water transport network in the State. The canal will connect the existing navigation link, West Coast Canal (WCC), stretching from the southern end of Thiruvananthapuram to the Kasaragod district.

The Mahe-Vadakara stretch is in the Kottappuram (Kodungallour)- Kasaragod section of the WCC extending 361 km. The land required for the canal had been acquired in 1965.

The portion of the WCC from Kollam to Kottappuram (168 km) has already been declared as National Waterway III. A navigation link exists from Kottappuram to Vadakara and from Hosdurg in Kasaragod to Valapattanam in Kannur.


Mahe-Vadakara inland navigation link

Work to be completed in two to three years


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New boat to Fort Kochi brings relief to passengers


Kochi: A brand new boat with a seating capacity for 75 was introduced in the Ernakulam-Fort Kochi-Vypeen sector from Sunday, bringing partial relief to hundreds of passengers who were forced to wait long hours due to inadequate boat services.

For nearly a month, the authorities were forced to withdraw at least two boats, one of them failing to successfully undergo a fitness test and lying idle at the berth. This had, ineffect, resulted in heavy rush, with commuters being made to wait for nearly an hour during peak hours.

“The new steel boat would solve our problems to some extend but it’s only a 75-seater whereas boats with capacity over 100 people are needed to meet the demand. We expect heavy rush in the coming days with the start of the Biennale, Christmas and the New Year,” Joseph Xavier, superintendent, Kerala State Water Transport Department, said.

Meanwhile, two of the boats – S 88 and S 28, are berthed idle at the boat jetty. This coupled with withdrawal of the circular boat last week had made the travel in the Ernakulam-Fort Kochi a difficult task. “We don’t have sufficient qualified mechanical staff here for everyday routine check-up, not to say about repairing,” a Controlling Inspector said.

“The worst hit was regular passengers. There used to be ferries every 15 minutes during peak hours, which is not the case now. Often, there is a delay of over 30 minutes and by this time, there would be a huge line up of people awaiting the ferry,” S Padmanabha Mallya, Secretary, PaschimaKochi Passengers Association, said
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Colombo in for competition

Sri Lanka gearing up to tap Indian market

Close on the heels of Sri Lanka expanding the Colombo port in a big way, primarily to cater to the Indian market, the country is also setting up an MRO facility at an up-coming airport, again, targeting the Indian market

The Colombo port expansion project, named South Harbour, is west of the existing port of Colombo, and sprawls over 600 hectares. The plan is for having three terminals each having 1,200m length and facilities to accommodate the berths alongside. An additional 7.5 MTEU capacity will be available after completion of the third stage of the Colombo Port Expansion Project. The terminals will be operational by August 2013.

Most mother vessels, with cargo for India, call on Colombo or Salalah. As the Indian market expands, Colombo port is taking steps to tap this market. The Hambantota Port will also be used to tap the Indian market.

Colombo’s Vallarpadam problem

The only problem that could upset the calculations here is the success of the Vallarpadam cabotage experiment. In September 2012, India relaxed the cabotage law under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 for transshipment of export-import containers at the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal.

A huge chunk of India’s transshipment business of more than 7.5 million TEUs is cornered by Colombo and Salalah. Transshipment takes time, and hikes costs. Shipping agents are of the view that if the liners are allowed to use their vessels to move their coastal cargo beyond three years, and if there is a disincentive to transship at foreign ports close to India, then, Vallarpadam will, in no time become the port of choice for Indian-bound cargo in mother vessels. The money thus collected could be utilised for financing port development in the region.

MRO facility

Sri Lanka is also setting up a Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling (MRO) facility at the upcoming Hambantota International Airport at Mattala. The Cabinet, which discussed the issue on Wednesday, decided to seek additional funding for the purpose from abroad. A release issued said that the airport project, which will become the second international airport in Sri Lanka, is nearing completion. “Both Cargo and Passenger Terminals have been expanded and facilities added to the terminal and airport infrastructure,” it said.
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Uru capsize 46 nautical miles off beypore coast.

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Kerala will charter a 154 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) vessel from Waterways Shipyard, Goa, by the month-end for movement of container cargo between International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) here and Kollam.

The government has placed orders for the vessel which will have inbuilt crane facilities and is expected to be delivered by the month-end, K R Vinothu, team leader of Coastal Shipping Committee and port officer of Alappuzha, told reporters here.

The charter fee is Rs 39 lakh a month. The vessel, which is not new, is expected to make a minimum of eight trips a month.

Discussions have already been held with IRE, Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd and Cashew Corporation for handling their cargo. Based on the success of this initiative, the government is planning to connect ICTT with Beypore within a year, he said.

Spices, tiles, construction materials, textiles, plywood are among the cargo likely to be moved from Beypore. The transportation cost is expected to be reduced by Rs 5,000 per container.

In an effort to discuss the challenges and opportunities of coastal shipping and Inland Water Transport (IWT), a Coastal Shipping and IWT summit will be held here on May 6 in which over 170 delegates from across the country are expected to participate.

The summit, being organised by Kerala Sea and Trade, an initiative of Smartways B2B Connect Private Ltd, will bring together key stakeholders from the national maritime industry who will deliberate over the major issues in the sector, said Wilson Rajan, Director, Smartways B2B Connect Private Ltd.

Government’s road map on developing coastal shipping and inland water transport, efficiency and equity of resource allocation to compliment the relative advantage of competing infrastructure sectors to ensure sustainability will be discussed at the summit, he said.

Kerala Chief Minister Ooomen Chandy will inaugurate the summit which would be addressed by Director General of Shipping Gautam Chatterjee and Chairman Inland Water Authority of India Viswapati Trivedi.

Promoting coastal shipping, the state government has introduced an incentive scheme in January this year for coastal cargo of Re 1/km/tonne and Re 1/passenger/km. In 2013-14, the government had allocated Rs 5 crore in the budget for development of coastal shipping
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Though decades late, good decision to connect smaller ports to major port.
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Valapattanam-Mahe stretch a missing link


Proposed waterway to be linked to the West Cost Canal

Stretch a major obstacle to inland navigation potential


Protests against survey hit waterway project

Protests by local people against a survey to finalise the alignment of the Valapattanam-Mahe stretch of a proposed waterway have cast a shadow over a decades-old proposal for developing an inland navigational route in the region, and link it to the rivers and canals that form part of waterway in the State.

The protests against the survey were sparked by apprehensions about the acquisition of land for the Valapattanam-Mahe stretch of the proposed waterway, which will be linked to the West Cost Canal (WCC). The 503-km WCC is the main artery running through the entire stretch of the State. The 168-km stretch of this inland navigational route between Kottappuram in Thrissur and Kollam has already been declared National Water Way (NWW) 3 by the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

Two uncut stretches north of Vadakara are the Vadakara-Mahe and the Valapattanam-Mahe. The excavation works in 4 km of the 17.62-km Vadakara-Mahe stretch are already on and the tender process for works in the remaining parts has been completed.

Alignment

The Valapattanam-Mahe stretch is the missing link and a major obstacle to the inland navigation potential of the region. IND engineers said here that the survey for an estimated 58-km stretch was to finalise the alignment of the canal.

The final alignment could be fixed after the survey, they said, adding that the local people had been misled by vested interests. The engineers said that nearly 32 km of the 58-km stretch included waterbodies.

Difficulty in acquisition of land, mostly homestead and garden land, is a major obstacle to developing the navigational route in the stretch. In the initial phase, the proposal is to cut a 10-km long canal to connect the Mahe river and the Anjarakkandy river at Thalassery. There is another proposed one km-long canal to link the Anjarakkandy river and the Dharmadam river. The proposed 15 km-long artificial canal to connect the Dharmadam river and the tributary of Valapattanam river at Kakkad here is another major work in the envisaged development of the waterway from Neeleswaram to Thalassery.

The IND engineers said that the Mahe-Vadakara canal was being developed with facilities required for NWW standards. The canal would have a bottom width of 32 metres, they added.
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Work started of the Vadakara-Mahe Canal.






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