India's First Transshipment Port
Vizhinjam is an ambitious plan of APSEZ to develop India’s first Mega Transhipment Container Terminal at Vizhinjam, Kerala. It will not only be the Group’s anchor point in South India but also India’s gateway to International transhipment.
The project, to be developed under Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) mode will be completed in four phases. Phase I is scheduled to be completed by December 2019.
The agreement granting concession for 40 years to the Adani Group was signed on August 17th, 2015 between Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Limited and Government of Kerala for the development of this ambitious, green-field project.
The port is located at Vizhinjam (Latitude 8° 22’ N, Long 76° 57’ E), 16 km south of the State Capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
Vizhinjam enjoys a location in India that is closest to the international shipping routes. It is just 10-12 nautical miles from the busy Persian Gulf - Malacca shipping lane which accounts for almost a one third of the world shipping traffic. Besides, being central to the eastern and western coast lines of India, it can also cater well to the needs of both west and east coast of India.
Vizhinjam is endowed with natural depth of 18-20 m. This enables efficient handling of mother vessels. The site has the advantage of minimal littoral drift, resulting in minimal siltation and therefore limited maintenance dredging.