Milestone moment in India's maritime history, mothership 'San Fernando' berths at Vizhinjam port

    Pinarayi Vijayan welcomes 'San Fernando' at Vizhinjam
    The Hawk
    July12/ 2024

    Thiruvananthapuram: Adani Ports and SEZ on Friday announced the arrival of the first mother ship at its Vizhinjam port. This milestone event marks India's entry into the global transshipment and ushers in a new era in India's maritime history, positioning Vizhinjam as a critical player in the international trade routes. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, and the gathering was presided over by VN Vasavan, the Minister for Ports, Kerala. Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, was the chief guest. This also marks the debut of India's first automated port with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, capable of handling large ships, with its modern container handling equipment and world-class automation and IT systems. San Fernando, the 300-meter-long container vessel operated by Maersk with a capacity of 8,000-9,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), will be availing the services at the port to offload about 2,000 containers and for 400 container movements within the vessel. Highlighting Vizhinjam's significance, Karan Adani, Managing Director of Adani Ports and SEZ Limited (APSEZ) said, "San Fernando - now berthed at our harbour is a symbol of a new, glorious achievement in Indian maritime history. It is a messenger that will tell the world that India's first transshipment terminal and the largest deepwater port has begun commercial operations". Also Read:'s-2nd-to-4th-phase-will-be-completed-by-2028-17-years-in-advance:-pinarayi-vijayan-cm-kerala ['s-2nd-to-4th-phase-will-be-completed-by-2028-17-years-in-advance:-pinarayi-vijayan-cm-kerala]  Speaking about the p ...

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