Aiming to have the first ship call at Vizhinjam by May 2015: Chandy

Vizhinjam International Seaports Ltd. (VISL), on Wednesday, floated global tender inviting requests for qualification (RFQ) for the private player to be selected as the port operator at the proposed deepwater container transhipment port.

The VISL also invited RFQ for the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for building the breakwater and associated berths at the proposed port. The berths would include those for the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard, besides a new fish landing centre.

Both the tenders were uploaded on the VISL website at a function at the Chief Minister’s conference hall at the Secretariat here.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the State government and the VISL, its agency implementing the project, were moving matters connected with the project in such a way as to have the first ship call at Vizhinjam by May 2015.

He noted that the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had recommended the project for environmental clearance.

  • Requests for qualification also invited for building breakwater, berths

  • Indicative cost of activities of port operator comes to Rs.4,000 crore