India's First Deep-Water Container Transshipment Port

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The Vizhinjam International Transhipment Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport is an ambitious project taken up by Government of Kerala. It is designed primarily to cater container transhipment besides multi-purpose and break bulk cargo. The port is being currently developed in landlord model with a Public Private Partnership component on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (“DBFOT”) basis. The private partner, the Concessionaire M/s Adani Vizhinjam Port Private limited has commenced the construction on 5th December 2015.

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To be the preferred international transshipment gateway on the Indian subcontinent known for operational excellence, industry leadership and sustainability enabled by a future-ready port ecosystem.


To develop Vizhinjam Port as a pioneering deepwater transhipment hub leveraging cutting-edge infrastructure and technology to enable global trade, boost India’s blue economy and foster inclusive growth


Shri Pinarayi Vijayan

Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala

Shri V. N. Vasavan

Honourable Minister for Co-operation and Ports, Kerala

Shri K.S. Srinivas IAS

Principal Secretary, Ports

Dr. Divya S Iyer IAS

Managing Director

Sreekumar K Nair

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) VISL




Strategically located just 10 nautical miles from the busy international shipping route connecting Europe, the Persian Gulf and the Far East, Vizhinjam enjoys inherent locational advantages that position it for success as a global transshipment hub. Its proximity to the East-West axis which accounts for a substantial quantum of global maritime trade provides easy access without deviation for the large vessels that form the lifeline of today’s ocean commerce.

Naturally Advantaged

Gifted by nature with a deep draft of 18m close to shore that requires no capital dredging, Vizhinjam can leverage its natural depth to host even ultra-large next-gen container ships requiring 20m+ drafts. Its curvilinear coast mitigates tsunami impact while the port’s positioning results in only mild erosion, minimizing maintenance costs. With capacity for 18,000+ TEU ships, scalable infrastructure to match cargo growth and minimal siltation, Vizhinjam is future ready.

Transshipment Hub

Being the southern tip of India, Vizhinjam is strategically poised to emerge as a transshipment hub that can consolidate and transfer Indian and regional origin cargo to mainline vessels at lower costs than routing them via Colombo. By locating a world-class Indian transshipment port right on top of a core international shipping lane, Vizhinjam can unlock lasting maritime and economic advantages for the country.