The Port - In the early 1920s
The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed increasing trading activities between Kochi and the nations across the sea. In the early 1920s, the ships coming to Kochi used to berth in the outer seas. It was the lighters – small vessels – that carried out the loading and unloading of cargo. As they were anchored in the open sea, the were constantly exposed to the violence of Nature. Owing to such difficulties, the trading fraternity began to demand for expansion of the port.