NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Shipping and Ports G. K. Vasan on Tuesday informed Parliament that the Vallarpadam trans-shipment container terminal near Kochi in Kerala would be completed by August.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Vasan said the Rs.2,118-crore International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam, being developed by Dubai Port International, was scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2010 but now it would be completed by the end of August. The construction of the terminal would allow berthing of mother vessels � large ships carrying containers � at Vallarpadam. Shippers now use trans-shipment hubs such as Colombo and Dubai.
The National Ship Design Research Centre, set up to promote and design research activities for shipping and shipbuilding, has been merged with the Indian Maritime University in Chennai. The IMU also has campuses in Kolkata, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam