Time to spur Vizhinjam project to avoid Ever Alots giving India wide berth

Myriad issues like recent protests by the fisherfolk, back-to-back floods in Kerala, Cyclone Ockhi have taken wind out of Adani Group's sails, forcing its Rs 7,500-cr project to move at snail's pace

Shine Jacob Chennai
Vizhinjam port

Vizhinjam port under construction

Launched into the water in June 2022, with a carrying capacity of 24,004 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU), measuring 400 metres in length by 61.5 metres in width, Ever Alot snatched the world’s largest container ship record from Ever Ace. She is the seventh vessel in the Evergreen A class and the first ship in the class, and the world, to surpass the 24,000 TEU mark. She rivals the Empire State Building in length, can fit four football fields - and has berthed in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
According to industry sources, the world’s largest container ship, which needs a draught of up to 17 metres, could only have docked at one port in India - the Vizhinjam International Transhipment Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport.
But myriad issues like the recent protests by the fisherfolk, back-to-back floods in Kerala, Cyclone Ockhi, and Covid caseload have taken the wind out of Adani Group’s sails, forcing its Rs 7,500-crore project to move a

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First Published: Jan 29 2023 | 10:26 PM IST

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