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(From Business Line)
Byline: Jose Paul
VALLARPADAM or Vizhinjam - which is the better site for a container transhipment terminal? The question haunts many today. The minor port of Vizhinjam, located about 20 km south of Thiruvanathapuram, it is claimed, has several advantages. These include:
-A natural water depth of about 18 to 23 metres within about 3 km from the shore.
-Negligible littoral drift necessitating minimal maintenance dredging.
-Proximity to the international shipping route, connecting the Persian Gulf, the Far East and Australia.
-Control by the State Government (as it would be minor port) and decision-making at the regional level.
-Greater autonomy in fixation of tariff as it would not fall under the purview of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports.
The natural depth of 18-23 metres and the negligible littoral drift are indeed clear advantages. The container ship size has been increasing over the …