Cochin Port today
|The Cochin Port, as it used to be in the past, keeps a close association with various industries like oil refinery, cashew and spices exports, marine and tourism. It has grown into become one of the prominent ports in India with over 1100 vessels reaching here every year. It also handles about 13.5 million tons of cargo annually. Though the port facilities are now located on the Willington Island, it possesses a vast area at Vallarpadam and Puthuvypeen. The Port will soon emerge as a major centre for transshipment business with the setting up of the International Container Terminal at the Vallarpadam Island.
Apart from this transshipment terminal, which will be the first of its kind in India, there are other major projects on the anvil such as the setting up of an LNG Regasification Plant at Puthuvypeen. Cruise terminal facilities and bunkering terminal facilities are also available at the Port.
Cochin Port was also made a stopover for the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race. The flow of cruise liners to the port is uninterrupted irrespective of the season and climate. Naval ships from various continents dock here, aiming professional interaction with the Indian Navy. With the e-port facility launched and transactions going online Cochin Port expects more trading relationships with countries across the world. In short, Cochin Port witnesses bustling activities throughout the year and it contributes a great deal to the emergence of the city as a prominent industrial and commercial place.