Republic Day Celebration

New Mangalore Port Trust

New Mangalore Port Trust celebrated the 71st Republic Day with fervor, passion and gaiety. The entire Port fraternity of NMPT participated in the celebrations held at the stadium ground of the port. A vibrant parade by the CISF unit Panambur, NMPT Fire Service, Scouts and Guides of K.V.NO-Panambur and NMPT School gave momentum to the proceedings.

Shri Akkaraju Venkata Ramana, Chairman NMPT, presided over the celebrations and reviewed the parade. In his address, he urged the port fraternity to rekindle the values instilled in the society by the founding fathers of the Nation.

He spoke on importance of integrity, honesty, morality and the need to remain law abiding citizens, and thus contribute in every manner to the growl of India. The Chairman highlighted the achievements of the port and its contribution as a catalyst in the economic growth of the region. He also spelt on the plans of NMPT to bring in greater volumes of cargo and improve the service: especially towards Cruise Tourism.

Cochin Port Trust

Dr M Beena IAS, Chairperson hoisted the National Flag and addressed the gathering in the Administrative Lawns of Cochin Port Trust on the occasion of Republic Day.

V.O.C. Port Trust

71st Republic Day has been celebrated by V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust in a grand manner at Port’s School ground at 08:00 hrs on 26 January 2020.


Shri T.K. Ramachandran, I.A.S., Chairman, unfurled the National flag and took salute from the contingent of CISF, Port Fire Service, Port Schools NCC children.  In his Republic Day message, Chairman Port Trust, recalled that the Parliamentary form of Government, as provided by the Constitution of India, aims to have a positive effect on the social and economic development of the Nation.

He also stated that the primary hinterland of V.O.Chidambaranar Port is all set to attract an array of industries from the ‘Tuticorin SPEEDZ’  (Smart Port Employment & Economic Development Zone) developed by  V.O. Chidambaranar Port, proposed Chennai Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor and  the Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Products manufacturing industries to be set up by Kuwait based firm at Tuticorin. To cope up with the requirements of the upcoming industries, the Port will augment the infrastructure by converting the Berth No.9 as Container Terminal, Dredge the approach channel, dock basin and water front of Berth No.9 to a draft of  14.50 metres, and facilitate  draft of 14.20 metres in the waterfront of North Cargo Berth-III.

While acknowledging the dedicated services, support and cooperation extended by the employees, Officers, Trade Unions, and Stakeholders for the growth achieved by V.O.Chidambaranar Port in the recent past, he sought the full-fledged support of Maritime community for fulfilling the Port’s vision to become a pioneer in providing quality and efficient cargo handling facility  in South India.

Shri T.K. Ramachandran, I.A.S., Chairman, V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust released the Port’s Digital Newsletter ‘Korkai’ in the presence of the Heads of the Departments.

Kamarajar Port

Kamarajar Port opened the new frontier in promoting Indian International trade, Shri Sunil Paliwal, IAS., Chairman cum Managing Director, Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL), has said.

While addressing the gathering during 71st Republic Day celebration on 26 January 2020 at the port, Shri Sunil Paliwal said, “The port which was looked upon initially mono commodity Coal Port with a capacity of 12 MTPA to serve the interest of Tamilnadu Electricity Board has over a period developed as a Multi Cargo Port, with a capacity of 70 MTPA.”

Sunil Paliwal stated: “Port as of now, is handling Containers, Dry/Liquid bulk, Automobiles, LNG, General Cargo and Project Cargo, and capable of serving various needs of the EXIM Trade. Port has handled cargo throughput of 23.42 million metric tones and the Operating income is around Rs.510 crores for the 3rd quarter ending Dec 2019.”

Chennai Port Trust

Chennai Port is facing challenges in the cargo performance due to reasons like general external conditions and severe competition in the region in Port business, P Raveendran, IRTS, as Chairman, Chennai Port Trust (ChPT), has said.

Addressing the gathering during the Republic Day celebrations, Raveendran said, “Despite the current situation in the automobile industry, the export of automobile from Chennai Port has increased to 1,43,388 cars from April 2019 to December 2019 when compared to 98,250 cars in the same period during the previous year.”

Raveendran stated: “Our recent initiatives to signing a long term agreement with KIA Motors yielded results and they have already exported 11,283 cars this year till December, 2019. Our long-standing customer, Hyundai, have increased their car export to 1,31,504 cars from the level of 97,935 cars in the previous year, an increase in automobile export, which is about 46%, compared to last year. In bulk segment, the iron and steel cargo handled is double whereas the dry bulk such as limestone, dolomite have come down when compared to last year.”