Kerala has a coastline of around 590 Km and there are 17 Intermediate & Minor Ports in Kerala and one major port Cochin Port. The Major Port of Kochi is under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India while the intermediate and minor ports are under the administration of the Government of Kerala.
Major Ports in Kerala
Cochin Port – Cochin Port is one of the largest and major port on the Arabian Sea–Indian Ocean sea-route in India. The port is governed by the Cochin Port Trust (CPT), a government of India establishment. The modern port was established in 1926 and has completed 86 years of active service.
Kottayam Port – Kottayam Port and Container Terminal (KPCT) is the first PPP minor port and Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Kerala state. The facilities Provided by KPCAT is world Class. Total Warehouse area of 40,000 Sqft.Barge with 300 TEU. Bank Extention Counter. Completly computarised office.
Vizhinjam International Seaport– Vizhinjam is an all-weather port located on the Southern tip of the sub-continent, it is just 10-12 nautical miles from the busy Persian Gulf – Malacca shipping lanes which carry almost a third of the world shipping traffic.The largest container vessel in the market with a capacity of 18,000 TEU (EEE-class) will be expected to operate at the time of completion of the project is considered as the design vessel for this futuristic port.
Other Important Posts of Kerala
3 Intermediate Ports: Neendakara Port, Alappuzha Port, Kozhikkode Port
14 Minor Ports: Vizhinjam port, Valiyathura port, Thankasserry port, Kayamkulam port, Manakkodam port, Munambam port, Ponnani port, Beypore port, Vadakara port, Thalasserry port, Manjeswaram port, Neeleswaram port, Kannur port, Azhikkal port and Kasaragode port.
Note: Many of minor and intermediate ports in Kerala are seasonal in nature with insufficient infrastructure to handle even medium and small sized vessels throughout the year.