The Department of Ports is Governed by :


Hon'ble Minister for Ports,
Government of Kerala.

The Secretary, Dept of Ports,
Government of Kerala

Director of Ports


Deputy Director of Ports

          The Maritime State of Kerala has a coastline of around 590 Km. There are 17 Intermediate & Minor Ports in Kerala. The Minor and Intermediate Ports are under the Administration of Government of Kerala. The Ports are administered directly by the Director of Ports who is headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram. There are three regional officers at Neendakara, Alappuzha and Kozhikkode.

         Kerala, with a coastline of 590 kilometers, is situated on the South West Coast of India. Besides the Port of Kochi (a Major Port governed by Major Port Trusts Act, 1963), there are 3 Intermediate and 14 Minor Ports in Kerala. They are Neendakara, Alappuzha, Kozhikkode (Intermediate Ports) and Vizhinjam, Valiyathura, Thankasserry, Kayamkulam, Manakkodam, Munambam, Ponnani, Beypore, Vadakara, Thalasserry, Manjeswaram, Neeleswaram, Kannur, Azhikkal and Kasaragode (Minor Ports). The Major Port of Kochi is under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India while the intermediate and minor ports are under the administration of the Government of Kerala. Most of the minor and intermediate ports in the State are seasonal in nature with insufficient infrastructure to handle even medium and small sized vessels throughout the year.

Government Of Kerala allowed private investment in Intermediate and Minor Ports from 1994.

Approach of Government of Kerala towards Investment in Ports

        Government of Kerala, considering the above status and taking into account the potential, decided to initially focus on the following seven ports for development. They are: 1) Vizhinjam 2) Thankasserry 3) Alappuzha 4) Munambam 5) Ponnani 6) Beypore 7) Azhikkal.

        Development of these ports would require substantial investments. Budgetary resources of the State Government are largely used for social infrastructure leaving inadequate resources for large new initiatives like ports. Annual budgetary plan of the State Government normally allocates small amounts towards putting up of basic infrastructure at these ports and marginal upkeep of existing facilities.

Private Sector Participation

        Recognizing the need to develop the ports in a time bound manner, but not having adequate resources for the same, Government of Kerala decided to encourage private sector participation. The Government is committed to seek private sector investments into the Port sector and therefore create a framework for such participation through this Port Policy. State level policy interventions for enabling infrastructure development in a Public-Private Partnership format strengthen this Policy.

Business of Ports

        Investment in the "business of ports" has the potential to drive the economic development of the State. Business of ports will include development and operations of port infrastructure as also port related industries.

Thrust on Port Development

        In order to promote industrial activity in the State, Government of Kerala has identified the port sector as a major thrust area. Government of Kerala encourages setting up of new port facilities, support infrastructure & upgradation of existing facilities along with installation of modern & efficient handling equipments.

Private Sector Participation in Port Development & Operation

        In line with the reforms initiated by the Government of India, through liberalisation, the Government of Kerala solicits Private Sector participation to bring in efficient port and related infrastructure to the state and develops them as modern and competitive ports.


Facilities

Promote Port based and marine Industries

        Government of Kerala, besides acting as a catalyst for establishment of ship repair and ship building industries would also encourage other port based industries contributing to the development of ports. This would include Warehouses, Container Freight Stations, Tourism Complex, and Captive Power Plants etc.

Coastal Shipping

       The Government of Kerala intends to provide a boost to coastal shipping with the development of Ports along the coast, which would ease the burden on the heavily congested highways in the State, apart from savings in transportation cost. Towards above Government of Kerala would facilitate development of necessary infrastructure facilities & linkages to the identified Intermediate & Minor Ports.

Establish Pillars of Learning in the sector

        In view of the development connected with shipping, considerable interest would be generated for ship and marine related employment opportunities. The Government therefore proposes to establish a Maritime Training Institute in the State, which would cater to the training and certification needs of the industry. The Government would encourage the private sector for the above and would extend necessary assistance including access to waterfront.

Captive jetties

       In order to promote setting up of new industries as well as support to existing units the Government of Kerala will permit users to construct jetties in order to operate captive facilities.

Provision of Dredging services

       Since it is essential to maintain adequate depths for the smooth operations of a port the Government of Kerala maintains dredgers in some of the ports. These dredgers are capable of attaining minimum required depths.


  Name of ports and   location:
  Latitude/Longitude.
Depth   Facilties Available
  KOVALAM /   VIZHINJAM
  Lat. 80 22 N
  Long. 760 57 E.
Wharf depth 5m
Basin depth 6.0m
  Breakwaters and calm basin, basin depth of  6m; Cargo wharf of   80m in length; One mobile crane, 1.5/10 MT Capacity ; Transit   shed, 300 sq.m ; one small tug;  road access available.
  TRIVANDRUM
  Lat. 80 29 N
  Long. 760 57 E.
Anchorage Port;Depth 18m.   Pier 240m in length, 6m depth at the end; Four godowns of  325   sq.m each; Open stacking area of 1200 sq.m; Road access   available.
  KOLLAM   (Thankasserry)
  Lat. 80  56 N
  Long. 760 34 E.
Depth 6m.   breakwaters and calm basin, basin depth of 6m; godowns of  750   sq.m;  road access available.
  NEENDAKARA
  Lat. 80 56 N
  Long. 760 32E.
Inside breakwaters 2.5m;Anchorage Port.   breakwaters and calm basin for barges, lighters etc. basin depth   2-3m;  RCC wharf 70m in length ;  one closed godown, 300   sq.m;   four nos. self-propelled barges of 200-T capacity each;     one 10-T bollard pull tug and one small tug;  road access   available.
  ALLEPPEY
  Lat. 90 30 N
  Long. 760 19 E.
Anchorage port;   one pier 387m in length, 5m water at the end.  Three pairs of   trolley lines and 108 trollies for cargo movement on the pier;     road access available.
  MUNAMBAM /   KODUNGALLUR
  Lat. 100 11 N
  Long. 760 10 E.
5m   breakwaters and calm  
  basin available
  PONNANI
  Lat. 100  47 N
  Long. 750 55 E. 
2m on sand bar.   RCC wharf 294m long and 24m broad;  one closed godown of 300   sq.m;   open stacking area of 5000 sq.m. ; road access available.
  BEYPORE
  Lat. 110 08 N
  Long. 750 51 E.
3.5m   breakwaters and calm basin for small vessels;  wharf 152m in   length, depth alongside 3-4m;  five nos. wharf cranes 3-T   capacity each;   two godowns of 600 tons capacity;  two nos.   small tugs; Another tug under construction; 12 ton bollard   pull;   road access available.
  CALICUT
  Lat. 110 15 N
  Long. 750 46 E.
Open roadstead.   five nos. closed godowns having total area of 630 sq.m and open   cargo shed of  450 sq.m; road access available.
  THALASSERRY
  Lat. 110 51 N
  Long. 750 29 E.
Open roadstead.   two godowns of 150 sq.m.
  KANNUR
  Lat. 110 51 N
  Long. 750 22 E.
Open roadstead.   one godown of 133 sq.m.
  AZHIKKAL
  Lat. 110 56 N
  Long. 750 17 E.
3m.   breakwaters under construction, calm basin available with   average depth of 5m ; RCC jetty 38m long; one hand-operated   crane; one 200 hp tug;  large extent of vacant land available for   acquisition and development.
  KASARAGOD
  Lat. 120 29 N
  Long. 740 59 E
1.5m on the sand bar.   No infrastructure facilities.  There is scope of reclamation of   approx. 100 acres of land, which can be utilised for providing in   infrastructure facilities.
  MANJESWARAM
  (KASARAGOD   DISTRICT)
    Green field site.
  KAYAMKULAM
  (ALAPPUZHA   DISTRICT)
    Green field site.
  NEELESWARAM
  (KASARAGOD   DISTRICT)
    Green field site.
  MANAKKODAM
  (ALAPPUZHA   DISTRICT)
    Green field site.

IMPORTANT Minor and Intermediate PORTS

          Most of the Minor and Intermediate Ports were active till the 1970's when manual handling of bulk and break bulk cargo was the norm. With the subsequent trend towards containerization and pressure to reduce turn around time of vessels calling at ports, mechanization of cargo handling activities became essential. Ports are now required to be functional in all weather conditions. This implies substantial capital investments and efficient operations based on modern management practices. However, due to its constraints, the State Governments had been selective in making investments in modernization of Ports. Though basic infrastructure like breakwater, godowns were provided in some of the Ports, no significant investments were made to construct berths, linkages, and dredging. Consequently, these ports have remained underdeveloped thus unable to cater to even medium and small sized vessels.


LIST OF EXISTING MINOR AND INTERMEDIATE PORTS


  Name of ports and location:
Latitude/Longitude.
  KOVALAM / VIZHINJAM
Lat. 80 22 N
Long. 760 57 E.
  TRIVANDRUM
Lat. 80 29 N
Long. 760 57 E.
  KOLLAM (Thankasserry)
Lat. 80  56 N
Long. 760 34 E.
  NEENDAKARA
Lat. 80 56 N
Long. 760 32E
  ALLEPPEY
Lat. 90 30 N
Long. 760 19 E.
  MUNAMBAM / KODUNGALLUR
Lat. 100 11 N
Long. 760 10 E.
  PONNANI
Lat. 100  47 N
Long. 750 55 E.
  BEYPORE
Lat. 110 08 N
Long. 750 51 E.
  CALICUT
Lat. 110 15 N
Long. 750 46 E.
  THALASSERRY
Lat. 110 51 N
Long. 750 29 E.
  KANNUR
Lat. 110 51 N
Long. 750 22 E
.
  AZHIKKAL
Lat. 110 56 N
Long. 750 17 E.
  KASARAGOD
Lat. 120 29 N
Long. 740 59 E.
  MANJESWARAM
(KASARAGOD DISTRICT)
  KAYAMKULAM
(ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT)
  NEELESWARAM
(KASARAGOD DISTRICT)
  MANAKKODAM
(ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT)

Objectives

Objectives of Government Of Kerala that are proposed to be addressed through this Port Policy are:

(1) Increase the share of the State of Kerala in maritime trade of India. Kerala shall target a place among the top three maritime States of the Country in terms of cargo handled in the next ten years i.e. by the year 2014.

(2) Facilitate achievement of optimal multi-modal transport and logistic chain outcomes by establishing an efficient and commercially viable water transport system. This will be achieved by carrying out a coordinated development of multi-purpose ports, transshipment hubs, inland waterways, coastal shipping, inland terminals, cargo handling and storage facilities, railways and road linkages.

(3) Promote port-based and marine industries.

(4) Ensure protection of environment and coastal zones.

(5) Promote establishment of passenger terminals & marinas.

(6) Invite and encourage private sector participation in ports, support services and other infrastructure on commercial basis in order to fulfill the objectives of this Policy.

Contact Address :


Director of Ports in Charge,
Jayshree, Near British Bank,
Vellayambalam,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 010, India
Phone Nos: 0471-2724842, 2723871, 2724533.
Fax-0471-2724533.
Mob: 98474 24533
e-mail:portsdir@sancharnet.in
Telegrams: Keports


Deputy Director of Ports
Jayshree, Near British Bank,
Vellayambalam,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 010,
India

Regional Offices:

1. Neendakara
2. Alappuzha
3. Kozhikkode

Government Orders
  Port Department-Establishment of Deep Water International Terminal at Vizhinjam-Changes to be made in the RPF documents for Global tender for inviting private partner for the project-approved orders issued 
  Port Department - Ponnani Port - Development of Ponnani Port into a deep water all - weather port through Public Private Partnership - Selection of Private sector investor for building the port through swiss Challenge Method - approved - orders issued.
   
   

 



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