Vizhinjam port gets ISPS code, crew change can resume

The authorities can also resume the crew changeover service, which last took place here on July 20, 2022. ISPS Code certification ensures that adequate and proportionate maritime security measures are in place on board ships and in ports. In addition, the respective roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in ensuring maritime security in ports and on board ships at national, regional and international level are defined.

The order issued by the MMD certified the Vizhinjam Port Facility’s compliance with the provisions of Chapter XI-2 and Part A of the ISPS Code and confirmed that the Port Facility is operated in accordance with the approved Port Facility Security Plan. Various types of ships such as passenger ship, passenger high-speed ship, cargo high-speed ship, bulk carrier, other cargo ship, oil tanker, chemical tanker, gas tanker, gas tanker and mobile offshore drilling unit can now dock in port.

Change of outer anchorage crew was allowed in Vizhinjam during the period of COVID-19 given the restrictions imposed by different countries on seafarers. The port then generated a turnover of ₹10 crore by facilitating the exchange of 735 crew members here. But shortly after the government eased pandemic restrictions, authorities withdrew the permit. The crew change in Vizhinjam was a great benefit for the maritime sector due to its proximity to international shipping channels.

MMD recently announced that Kollam Port is in compliance with ISPS regulations. The 7,700-crore Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport under construction has yet to receive the ISPS code as it failed to complete the fencing of the port facility despite meeting other security parameters. The delay in handing over a plot of land near the port to the port developer has delayed certification.

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