Adani awarded contract for Kerala’s Vizhinjam port

Adani Ports announced that it has been awarded the contract to construct the new Vizhinjam Port near Thiruvananthapuram in southern Kerala, India, by the Government of Kerala. Construction is due to commence on November 1, 2015. Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy said, “We have decided to clear the project and it has been decided to hand it over to the lone tender of Adani Ports.”

Once completed the port will be capable of docking ships with a capacity of up to 18,000 TEU and it is envisaged that, with a container berth of length of 2,000 m, it could handle 4.1m containers annually.

The INR4,000 crore (US$625.08m) first phase of the port is expected to be completed in three phases, with the first phase being ready by 2019.

The port will be connected to the rest of India’s infrastructure by road, rail and airport. The port is to be served by road by the NH 47 highway, which passes within 8km of the location. The railway connections to the port will be provided by the line running parallel to the highway running north south.