Feasibility Study for a major International Container Port in Colachel, India

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TYPSA has just finished the study commissioned by V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust to assess the technical–economic feasibility of developing a port in Enayam, in the far south of India (state of Tamil Nadu).

The port will mainly accommodate containers and operate largely as a hub, leveraging its location on the international trade route between countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The work carried out by TYPSA, in partnership with BCG, includes studies of alternatives and technical feasibility, a traffic study, environmental and social assessment, and the preliminary design and economic–financial analysis of the solution proposed. The port will comprise a 6 km breakwater and 5 km of piers with an anchor depth of 20 m, covering an area of 330 ha (horizon year 2030). The port has been designed for triple E class container vessels and 120,000 DWT capacity Capesize solid bulk vessels. To ensure connectivity with the national transport network, high capacity road and rail links to the corresponding networks are included in the project. The container terminal has been designed with the latest automation technology for container handling equipment to ensure excellent operational productivity and efficiency.

The studies are the first step in the procedure for the Government of India to launch an international tender process for the container terminal concession and thus establish a major international port in the south of India.

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