The Cochin Port Officers Association (CPOA) has urged Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to constitute a high-level committee to recommend measurers for the revival of the Vallarpadam International Transhipment Container Terminal (ICTT).
Almost 80 per cent of Colomboâ€™s container traffic represents cargo transhipped from Indian ports. One year after Indiaâ€™s first ICTT was commissioned, transhipment transactions have been almost insignificant. Will the terminalâ€™s second year be any different?
In his interview with Sudheer Vathiyath and Shashidhar Nanjundaiah, K Mohandas, Secretary, Union Ministry of Shipping, highlights some of the initiatives from the government in port connectivity, including ro-ro services, inland waterways on PPP, and more.
As container handling operations begin at the Vallarpadam terminal around noon on 18 February, G Krishnakumar, Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, pauses his interview with Shashidhar Nanjundaiah, and looks out the expansive windows of his officeâ€”overlooking the CPT-owned terminalâ€”for the understated but historic moment.