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Dear Colleagues,

It is very exciting to note that the growth story continues at Cochin Port. Remarkable growth was registered by us in the cargo traffic during the current year.

We have handled 18.95 MMT of cargo during April to November 2017-18 with 17.93% growth over the corresponding period of 2016-17. Container traffic grew by 11.35% during the period to reach 3.63 Lakh TEUs. Highest ever monthly cargo throughput of 2.505 MMT was achieved in November 2017 surpassing the previous highest monthly throughput of 2.458 MMT achieved in June 2017.

The marketing efforts of Cochin Port Trust and its stakeholders coupled with the ease of doing business initiatives and other policy and trade promotion efforts by Government of India have helped us improve the traffic of cargo like steel, cars etc. and containerised cargo. This indeed is very encouraging trend. Let us strive hard to keep this pace of growth in the days to come.

We have embarked upon several modernization and capacity augmentation like new cruise terminal at Ernakulam Wharf, refurbishment of oil handling facilities, construction of Multi User Liquid Terminal, barge berth for bunkering etc. , in line with Sagarmala initiative.

The extension of CoPT Walkway as a promenade upto Kannanghat bridge is also in progress. Construction of this walkway will transform the area, which hitherto was a waste dumping area of the city, to a popular tourist destination. This is a major step towards Swachh Bharat.

It is worthwhile to note that our Port continues to spearhead growth in Cochin. The construction of a state-of-the-art ship repair facility has been launched by Cochin Shipyard in the land leased out by Cochin Port Trust. As highlighted by Hon’ble Union Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari during the inaugural function, International Ship Repair Facility would give great fillip to the growth of maritime sector and give lot of job opportunities in Cochin.

I would like to remind all of you that even in this stage of progress we have to tread very cautiously as the fast changing dynamics of world maritime industry, particularly the growth of private ports, would pose new challenges to us in the days to come and everyone has to work committedly to face such challenges.


Best Wishes

P. Raveendran