Extreme weather conditions pose challenges for the Vizhinjam port project

The weather poses a major challenge to the plan to dock the first ship by September at Vizhinjam International Seaport, a public-private partnership (PPP) project between the state government and Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd (AVPPL).

The main work on the 2,960 m long breakwater has been suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

“During the monsoon season we cannot carry out any major work on the breakwater. Even if it doesn’t rain, the area is affected by high sea waves. We hope to resume work by October,” an official said. He said they also stopped dredging and moved the excavators to safer locations. Part of the breakwater, including small boulders and accropods, was also damaged after strong waves smashed it.

According to the latest report, Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL), the government company running the project, has only completed 54.73 percent of the breakwater and 68.5 percent of the dredging and rehabilitation work.

Despite the adversity, however, Ports Minister Ahamed Devarkovil is confident that the project will stay on schedule. He said the first ship will be docked in the port in September and the project will be operational next year.

The first ship was to transport Chinese-made cranes for the port. Authorities must comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which is a mandatory security requirement for ships to dock in a port.

Recently, Karan Adani, Managing Director of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), announced that the port would be operational by May next year. However, VISL authorities said the AVPPL would complete the project by December next year.

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