The government of Kerala is currently developing infrastructure in minor ports including Beypore, Azheekal and Kollam
The cabotage service connecting Azheekal, Beypore, Kochi and Kollam should be extended to the small port of Vizhinjam. Ports Minister Ahammad Devarkovil said on Friday the proposal was under consideration by the state government.
Mr Devarkovil was speaking after inaugurating the World Maritime Day celebrations organized by the new Trivandrum Customs and Maritime Logistics Lawyers Association (M-CLAT). The government is currently developing infrastructure in minor ports including Beypore, Azheekal and Kollam.
Work is underway in Azheekal to develop a small port at a cost of 3,000 crore. The foundation stone will be laid by the middle of 2022. Steps are being taken to complete the construction of the Vizhinjam international seaport as soon as possible, said maritime council chairman VJ Mathew. The security mechanisms prescribed by the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities are being established in Vizhinjam, he added.
The Minister of Ports inaugurated M-CLAT and released the books The exim trade, Maritime law and blue economy, and CHA-CBLR Exam Guide drafted by M-CLAT secretary KJ Thomas Kallampally during office.
Mr. Vincent MP, CEO of Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL) Jayakumar, CEO of Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd and MD Rajesh Jha, Senior PC John of Mar Gregorios College of Law and President of the Association of the Bar of Thiruvananthapuram SS Balu were among those present.