Cochin Port is planning a new cruise terminal project at Ernakulam Wharf to accommodate cruise vessels in the most professional manner comparable to international standards.
Pon. Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, has expressed keen interest in the cruise tourism promotion activities of Cochin Port and assured support for the new cruise terminal project.
He also noted that the prospects of domestic cruise tourism in India with cruise ships home-porting at Cochin are high.
There are new opportunities for Cochin Port with prospective cruise liners showing interest in the circuit, Colombo-Cochin-Male-Colombo, and circuits connecting Mumbai and Male, calling Cochin enroute.
Cochin Port is implementing RFID based Gate Access System and Online Berth Allotment System towards facilitating trade and enhancing efficiency. Radhakrishnan noted that with the waiver of penal interest, the creditworthiness of Cochin Port has been enhanced, allowing it to vigorously pursue new projects.
Pravir Krishn, Joint Secretary (Ports) noted that the hurdles faced by the Port are of short term nature, and that the Port should aggressively promote industrial manufacturing
and related activities in its vast land area.
He said that Cochin Port should go for sizeable projects leveraging the Smart City project it has initiated. He directed Cochin Port Trust
to prepare a futuristic 10-year plan to sustain itself in a profitable manner.