Tuticorin is the only Port in South India to provide a direct weekly container service to U.S.A. The transit time to US is 22 days. Also regular weekly direct services to Europe (transit time 17 days), China (transit time 10 days), Red Sea Ports (transit time 8 days) are available.
Tuticorin Port is an artificial deep sea harbour, constructed with rubble mound type parallel breakwaters, projecting into the sea for about 4000 metres.
- Length of North breakwater is 4099 m.
- Length of South breakwater is 3873 m.
- The distance between the breakwaters is 1275 m.
- The harbour basin has an approach channel of 2400 metres length and 183 metres width.
The Indian Union Minister for Shipping, Thiru T.R. Baalu has approved the project to construct a new berth at North breakwater of the Port.
- The new berth, North Cargo Berth –1, would be constructed at a cost Rs.40 crore.
- Capacity addition of 2.93 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) is expected to the port and would ease out the congestion in handling bulk/dusty cargoes in the existing berths.
- The North Cargo Berth-1, would facilitate the Port to handle coal vessels of 65,000 to 75,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) with a maximum draft of 12.8 meters.
- Thiru Baalu has expressed the hope that the new berth will help meet the growing demands for handling bulk cargo in the coming years and would be especially useful for the Cargo meant for the proposed Thermal Power Plant at Tuticorin to be set up by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.
- Presently, Tuticorin Port boasts of seven cargo berths, one container terminal, one oil jetty, two coal jetties and two shallow draft beths with a total operating capacity of 20.55 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA).
The Port is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 : 2004 certified.
Update: June 05, 2008
Tuticorin Port to be developed at a cost of Rs 538 crores to handle container vessels of 56,000 DWT and Bulk Carriers upto 75,000 DWT. Channel and Basin to be deepened to cater to 12.80 m draught vessels. Read more from webindia123 and pib.
Update: June 29
The ninth cargo berth to handle mainline vessels of 65,000 DWT (deadweight tonnes) and bulk carriers of 70,000 DWT with a draught of 12.8 metres at Tuticorin Port, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on July 14. Read more from The Hindu.
Update: July 15
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi commissioned new cargo berth at the Tuticorin port via video conference on July 14. Read more from The Hindu.
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