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Kollam Cargo Port - Revival of a 2500 year old Port - From the Archives

A video walk through to the history of Kollam Port:





Port infrastructure development with Private Sector Participation - Govt. of Kerala Perspective






Ships that visited Kollam Cargo Port during the time of it's construction phase:

























Kollam Port - Arial View











The TSD Sindhuraj:



















 

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News about Kollam Cargo Port that hit the newspapers in the recent months

May 31st 2009:

Kollam Cargo Port - Goods Export to Lakshadeep Islands - Preliminary steps in progress

The long wait is over. 1.5 years after the inaugration of Kollam Cargo port, the preliminary procedures regarding ship traffic from the port to Lakshadeep islands have been initiated. The important information in this regard are:

The initial steps regarding export of stationary goods to Lakshadeep islands have been taken. The Lakshadeep administrator Selvaraj has given the intimation regarding this to the Kollam Port Special Officer Sheikh Pareeth.

Besides goods export to Lakshadeep islands, Marble, Tiles and Cement from Gujarat ports will be imported to Kollam Port.

Minicoy island which is just 400 Kms away from Kollam will import goods bundle which is of 10000 ton from Kollam Port.

The export and import using big ships are not possible with the existing infrastrucuture. A depth of 9 metres is required for big ships to dock at Kollam port. It will take time to provide the infrastrucuture for docking facilities for big ships at Kollam.

The exisiting 7 metre depth will be increased to 10 metres by dredging the port area in the next phase. This will enable big ships to dock at Kollam.

Moreover a wharf lenght of 200 metres is required for big ships while the existing wharf length is just 116 metres.

The exisiting cranes have the capacity to load and unload containers having less than 10000 tons only. For handling big containers, crane worth 15 crores is required. There is no fund for that now.

Since the exisiting warehouses are inadequate for the goods storage, a modern warehouse is been constructed and an amount of 80 lakhs has been spent so far. The yard construction work is almost over.

The 1.6 KM road from the port to National Highway - 47 is also under construcution. This will be a 4-lane road.

Though, Kollam Port is a Custom's port, the custom's office has not functioned in full swing. The office will start functioning in full swing once the ships start to dock at the port.

 

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June 11 2009: Ship to Maldives from Kollam to embark in the immedeate future

The final official procedures for ships to embark from Kollam to Maldives is getting ready.The ships will carry construction materials from Kollam to Maldives. The final approval is to be received from Chennai.

The shipping company Linus has expressed interest in exporting construction materials from Kollam to the small island and is waiting for the approval from Chennai. Linus has got the approval from the Maldives port regarding this.

The ship may embark to Maldives within 10 days if the approval and customs clearance is over.

There are lot of problems prevailing at the port regarding infrastrucuture development, though slowly and gradually the infrastructure is getting developed. The shortcomings and the spoilsporting attitude by the Tuticorin and the Kochin port lobbies are preventing Kollam Port's development.

Authorities say that once a ship embarks from here, all the issues will get mitigated.



 

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June 13 2009: Shipping Company Linus got approval - Count down started for Ship embark from Kollam to Maldives

Linus, shipping company has got confirmation and clearance from Chennai regarding export of construction materials from Kollam Cargo Port to Maldives. The approval was for the quality testing. The shipping company has already received approval from the Maldives port for importing the goods from Kollam. The company has to get the final clearance from customs authority which will be a mere formality.

It was a long wait for Kollam Cargo Port which was a thriving port centuries ago to become active again. Though the development activities and infrastructure development were very slow in pace and still slow in pace, there are clearly visible changes at the port location which is just 1.5 KM from the city centre Chinnakkada.

The count down has started for the ships to embark and dock. Kollam's dream of flourishing as a Cargo Port is going to become a reality in the immedeate future. :banana:
 

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June 15 2009: Ship from Maldives arrives at Kollam Cargo Port - Ship will be there at the port for 12 days

The first ship from Maldives will anchor at the Kollam Cargo Port for loading construction materials today by afternoon. The ship will be there at the Kollam Cargo port for 12 days.




 

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June 17 2009: Maldives ship anchors at Kollam Cargo Port

  • Cargo vessel berths at Kollam port
  • Cargo operations begin today
  • Port’s draft to be raised from 6 m to 7 m soon
  • Rs.17-crore development work planned

KOLLAM: The newly-commissioned Kollam port received its first cargo vessel, mv Anakuri, on Tuesday.

The first ship reached at Kollam Port, which is inaugurated 19 months ago. It was in 1973, the last ship came to Kollam Port last time.

The ship named “Anakuri” which came to Kollam Port to take Sand, Egg, Vegetables etc to Mali Islands. The ship which built in Japan has the power of 1,000 Ton and 200 feet length.


The ship which entered the harbour in the morning was allowed to berth at the wharf at 4.45 p.m. Special Officer of Ports P.I. Shiekh Pareeth and Kollam Port Officer Haridasan were at the wharf to receive the ship and its crew members.

Cargo handling operations at the port will be formally launched at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at a function to be held at the wharf. The function will be attended by Labour Minister P.K. Gurudasan, Law Minister M. Vijayakumar and Fisheries Minister S. Sarma, N. Peethambara Kurup, MP, Mayor N. Padmalochanan and Kollam Bishop Stanley Roman.

The ship will carry sand and gravel, meant for construction activity, from here to Male.

Agreement with unions

Meanwhile, at a meeting called by District Collector A. Shajahan on Tuesday morning, it was agreed that the dispute over the loading activities at the new port will not be raised in respect of this ship. Trade unions agreed to allow the employees of the shipping agent to load the cargo into the ship. But the agreement will not stand with regard to ships that will arrive afterwards. In order to reach a consensus, the Collector had directed the Kollam Port Officer and the District Labour Officer to hold talk with representatives of the concerned trade unions and come to a conclusion within a week.

Mr. Pareeth said the port’s draft measured 6.5 m. This would be further increased to 7 m soon through dredging. This would enable bigger ships to call at the port. The second phase development will be carried out at a cost of Rs.17 crore.








 

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June 18 2009: Passenger cruiser service to Minicoy dives from Kollam Port

Efforts are going on to start passenger service between Minicoy dweep and Kollam Port. The distance between Minicoy Island and Kollam Port is 200 nautical miles which is lesser by 30 nautical miles compared to the distance between Kochi and Minicoy Island


 

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June 17 2009: ‘Cashew industry must benefit from Kollam port’

  • Association to submit memo
  • Industry could reduce costs by Rs.20 crore a year’
  • Says it will guarantee jobs for at least 1,000 people



KOLLAM: While welcoming the commencement of cargo-handling operations at the Kollam port from Wednesday, the Cashew Manufacturers and Exporters Association has said that the port, however, does not suit the needs of the cashew industry here.

The association will submit memorandums to the Ministers P.K. Gurudasan, S. Sarma and M. Vijayakumar who will arrive for the launch of the cargo-handling operations.

Speaking to The Hindu on the contents of the memorandum, the office-bearers of the association said 60 per cent of the 6 lakh tonnes of raw cashew nuts imported every year reached Kollam for processing. The lorry freight charge for bringing one container of cashew nut from the Kochi port to Kollam was Rs.10,000. At least 20,000 containers were brought a year to Kollam and the freight charges worked out to Rs.15 crore a year.

Similarly, 75 per cent of the more than 1 lakh tonnes of cashew kernel exported was from Kollam. The transport charges for that touched Rs.5 crore annually. If the port was made to suit the needs of the cashew industry, the industry could reduce costs by around Rs.20 crore a year. This was also the best way to ensure the fast development of the port. It would guarantee jobs for at least 1,000 people at the port and generate indirect jobs for many more.

At present, 7,000 lorries depended on the Kochi port. If the Kollam port was developed, the number would be 1,000 lorries. Twenty-two shipping agents operated at Kochi. Development of the Kollam port would mean many of those agents opening offices in Kollam. Only with these could the port generate employment opportunities.

The association said Vallarpadam was being designed as a transshipment terminal and there would not be container stuffing activities there. The Kochi port was poised to become a port for cruise and break-bulk ships. So, stuffing activity would be shifted to feeder ports and the Kollam port had tremendous scope to take over that activity. So earnest steps should be taken to develop it into a full-fledged commercial port at the earliest.


 

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June 18 2009: Kollam Cargo Port - Cargo Loading started


KOLLAM: Ports Minister M. Vijayakumar has said the State government has already initiated measures to develop the minor port in Kollam into a major one.

He said this while inaugurating the cargo handling operations at the newly-commissioned Kollam port on Wednesday. The Minister inaugurated the cargo handling operations by giving the thumbs-up to a crane for lifting a bag of ballast and load the same into the ship. The vessel, mv Anakuri, is carrying a consignment of building materials comprising sand and ballast from here to the Maldives.

Mr. Vijayakumar said the government had appointed the New York-based professional service organisation Deloitte as the consultant for the development of the port.

The development would be through public-private partnership. Later, global tenders would be floated for the purpose. The government had also started the process of enabling passenger ships to operate from the port. The Minicoy Island offered tremendous scope in this connection, he said.

The Kollam port has a good basin with a draft of 7 m. This will be soon increased to 10 m so as to enable ships with 50,000 DWT to call at the port. The length of the wharf will also be increased to 220 m from the present 116 m.

In his presidential address, Labour Minister P.K. Gurudasan said the cashew industry was poised to benefit a lot from the port. The loading and unloading system at sea ports were not what it used to be in the past. Therefore, when the the port becomes full-fledged, the loading system would have to get streamlined accordingly, he said.

He called for the cooperation of all concerned in helping the development of the Kollam port into a major one at the earliest.

Fisheries Minister S. Sarma, in his address, said that at a time when all export activity was hit by recession, the arrival of a ship to carry a load of building materials from here to the Maldives was a big achievement. He said the dredging work in the harbour, at a cost of Rs.2 crore, would commence on June 30. It would be completed in three or four months.

Captain of the ship A.A. Rishad was presented a golden shawl and a memento. The shipping agent was also honoured. Chief Engineer of the Harbour Engineering Department N. Mohan Kumar read the report. N. Peethambara Kurup, MP, Mayor N. Padmalochanan, district panchayat president K. Somaprasad, Principal Secretary, Ports, L. Radhakrishnan and Fisheries Director P.I. Shiekh Pareeth also spoke. ^^
 

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June 18: Kollam City and Thankasseri in a jubiliant and festive mood - Thousands throng to see the Ship from Maldives

It was a festival mood in the city especially at Thankasseri and Vaddy yesterday. Thousands of people from the interior and rural areas of the district thronged to the port site to see the first cargo ship that berthed at the 2500 year old historic port.



 

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June 18 2009: Emergence of Kollam as a Commercial Port City

With the Kollam port poised to become a major port in the immedeate future, it heralds a new era for the historic port city of Kollam as it emerges again as a commercial port city.




 

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Half Lakh Eggs to be exported to Maldives from Kollam Port

The Maldives ship Anakuri will leave the port on Monday carrying metals, sand, vegetables and half a lakh eggs. The shipping agency Linus is planning to export goods from Kollam in the future as it can save time and fuel.

 

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June 18 2009: Ministers offers and assurances for Kollam Port

  • A global Tender for Kollam Port development - Port minister M Vijaya Kumar

  • Dredging work of Kollam Port to 10 metres to start within June 30 - Fisheries minister S Sharma

  • Port Development to be expedited - Labour minister and Kollam MLA PK Gurudasan


 

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June 20 2009: Kollam Cargo Port - Maldives find it more profitable compared to Tuticorin

The cargo ships from Maldives can save a good amount of money due to the lesser distance from Kollam Port to Maldives and lesser fuel consumption.

It will take 36 hours from Maldives to reach Tuticorin while the ship can reach Kollam under 24 hours. The distance saved can save about 1.5 tons of fuel.

It expected that 2 to 3 ships from Maldives will call at Kollam port in one week if the port work progress flourishes with the same momentum. This will pave way for the overall development of the region and the city in specific.^^

 

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June 20 2009:passenger and Cargo ships to Minicoy Islands from August onwards

The port authorities have confirmed that passenger ships and cargo ships will ply between Kollam Port and Minicoy Island from August 2009 onwards. Minicoy is a small island which is part of the Lakshadweep Islands.:banana:



 

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June 21 2009: Chance to go inside Anakuri

The port authorities has facilated the opportunity for the Sunday crowd at Kollam beach to see the Maldives ship Anakuri and go inside the ship. The timing will be 5 to 7 PM. The ship was attracting a lot of people from the city and the district the last couple of days. People of Kollam are so excited about the ships arrival and are thronging to the site.


 
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