TUTICORIN: The VOC Port will soon augment its cargo handling capacity by thirty million tonnes by deepening the Port, the approach channel and widening the entrance channel besides strengthening six cargo berths at a cost of nearly Rs three thousand crores.
Disclosing this during his Republic day address, the Port’s Deputy Chairman S Natarajan said the port is poised to augment the infrastructure by dredging the dock basin to facilitate a depth of 15.60 meters and the approach channel to a depth of 16.20 meters.
The Port’s entrance channel will be widened to 230 meters from the existing 153 meters. The port authority also plans to strengthen six cargo berths.
The Republic Day has been celebrated by V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust in a grand manner at Port’s School ground. Mr S. Natarajan, Deputy Chairman, unfurled the National flag and took salute from CISF, Port Fire Service, Maritime Training Institute Students, NCC and Port School children.
In his Republic Day message, Chairman Port Trust, recalled that the Parliamentary form of Government, as provided by the Constitution of India, aims to have a positive effect on the social and economic development of the Nation. He also stated that year 2018 has been a year of challenges for the World Shipping Industry and the Shipping Ministry led the Indian Shipping Industry on the growth path by implementing various programs under ‘Sagarmala’ which envisages ‘Port led Development’ Model.
While acknowledging the dedicated services, support and cooperation extended by the employees, Officers, Trade Unions, and Stakeholders for the growth achieved by V.O. Chidambaranar Port in the recent past, he sought the full fledged support of Maritime community for fulfilling the Port’s vision to become a pioneer in providing quality and efficient cargo handling facility in South India.
The Deputy Chairman also distributed meritorious awards to the officers and staff of various Departments of Port, CISF, Maritime Training Institute Student and School Children. The Port’s School children performed the Cultural programme.