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Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to share with you that Cochin Port has registered a very impressive growth of 18.31% in cargo handling during the first quarter of 2017-18. The expansion of BPCL-KR is the main driver for the growth in POL. Container traffic has also registered a remarkable growth of 13.3%.

I am sure this trend of growth in cargo will continue in the days to come. It is learnt that the problems encountered in laying of LNG pipeline to Mangalore are almost over. Once the pipeline is ready, Petronet LNG will operate their Terminal at Puthuvypeen to its fullest. The fourth cement terminal, at Cochin Port, being set up by Penna Cement is getting ready for operation this year. This will be followed by a unit of Malabar Cements. There is also a proposal to set up a floating facility in the Port for handling cement.

Our marketing efforts are yielding results with Vizag Steel and other steel companies scheduling coastal movement of steel through Cochin Port.

However we have to strive hard and further improve cargo handling in the days to come and attain financial stability as there is a formidable challenge of making an annual payment to the tune of Rs. 56 crore to Govt. of India from next financial year towards repayment of loans. This is one of the conditions laid by Government of India while waiving off the penal interest last year. This is not hard to achieve. But each one of us has to work committedly with a view to delivering fast and efficient service in a reliable manner. The strike free work culture/atmosphere inside our Port has to be extended to people working in ancillary areas in logistics sector also.

I appreciate the commendable work the employees of different departments have undertaken during Swacchta Pakhwada in March, 2017. However we have to continue our mission to keep our Port clean and I request all employees to dedicate few hours every week for Swachh Bharat activities and keep the cleanliness drive alive throughout the year. Rs. 2.61 crores assistance granted by Ministry of Shipping under Swachhata Action Plan is being utilised for repairing and painting of Type I, II and III quarters at RNAS area.

The new projects being taken up by the Port include development of 1.5 KM walkway as an extension of CoPT Walkway between BoT Bridge & Kannanghat Bridge and a Cruise Terminal at Ernakulum Wharf. Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has granted about 30 crores for these two projects. Construction of the new & bigger state-of-the-art cruise terminal would give a big boost to the cruise tourism sector.

The work of Fly Over at Vallarpadam and the new/diverted road near ISRF in Willingdon Island have been completed. The construction of RoB at Vallarpadam is in the final stage. The work of MULT and Barge Jetty at Puthuvypeen is also progressing fast.

The Refurbishment and Capacity Enhancement of Coastal Liquid Terminal has been completed at Cochin Oil Terminal and the same is progressing at North Tanker Berth.

With steady growth in cargo handling, setting up of more cement terminals & new cruise terminal and public amenities like walkway, Willingdon Island is going to be bustling with activities in the coming days.

I urge upon my colleagues to be zealous in their areas of activities, strive hard and take Cochin Port to greater heights.


Best Wishes

P. Raveendran