Vizhinjam International Seaport cargo trial run will commence in May

Vizhinjam International Seaport

24th April 2024

Report : The trial run for handling cargo at Vizhinjam International Seaport will begin in May.

Trial with Cranes Brought from China**

The trial run will involve loading and unloading cargo from two container ships on a trial basis. To facilitate this process, the port has deployed yard cranes and ship-to-shore cranes, which were brought in from China last August. These cranes are crucial for efficiently moving containers between ships and storage yards within the port. In total, the port requires 32 cranes – 24 yard cranes and 8 ship-to-shore cranes – to function at its full capacity.

Technical Expertise on Board for Smooth Operations

Port company officials have assured that all necessary arrangements are in place for a smooth trial run. This includes the appointment of technical experts who will oversee the cargo handling procedures and ensure optimal utilization of the equipment. Their experience will be vital in identifying any potential bottlenecks and fine-tuning operations before the port opens its doors to full-fledged commercial activities.

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Vizhinjam: A Gateway to Boost Kerala’s Economy

The Vizhinjam International Seaport is envisioned as a game-changer for Kerala’s economy. Strategically located on the Arabian Sea coast, the port will serve as a gateway for international trade, attracting investments and creating new job opportunities. It is expected to handle large container ships, catering to the growing demand for efficient cargo movement across the globe.

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Benefits Beyond Cargo Handling

The impact of Vizhinjam International Seaport extends beyond cargo handling. The project is expected to trigger the development of ancillary industries and services in the surrounding region. This could include logistics parks, warehousing facilities, and even the development of a special economic zone. Additionally, the port’s presence could boost tourism in the region, attracting visitors interested in witnessing the maritime activity and exploring Kerala’s rich culture and heritage.

Challenges and the Road Ahead

While the commencement of trial operations is a positive step, there are challenges that need to be addressed. Ensuring smooth access to and from the port through proper road and rail connectivity is crucial. Additionally, streamlining customs clearance procedures and developing skilled manpower to handle the sophisticated port operations will be essential for long-term success.


The trial run of cargo operations at Vizhinjam International Seaport signifies a significant step forward for Kerala’s maritime ambitions. While challenges remain, the project holds immense potential to transform the state’s economic landscape. The success of Vizhinjam International Seaport hinges on its ability to attract major shipping lines, develop efficient logistics networks, and foster a skilled workforce. If these aspects are addressed effectively, Vizhinjam International Seaport has the potential to become a major maritime hub in South India.

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