India unveils plans for world-class marina

Thu Mar 30 2017, 16:53 PM

A consultant will be appointed to study the scope for a yachting facility in Puthuvype or Vallarpadam

Cochin Port Trust in India is exploring the possibility of setting up a yachting marina at Puthuvype or Vallarpadam. A consultant will be soon appointed to study the scope for such a project, A V Ramana, the Trust deputy chairman, told The Indian Express.

The only existing facility in the area is Kochi International Marina, owned by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The site is located in the eastern coast of the Bolgatty Island.

According to Ramana, Cochin Port will provide the land for the project on lease and a third party can develop the marina.

Situated just 11 nautical miles from the international maritime route, Kochi is an ideal berthing spot for yachts from the West that travel towards the north-eastern parts of Asia after crossing the Suez Canal.

Currently, there are no intermediate berthing facilities for yachts leaving Dubai until they reach their destinations in the Far East.

“India does not have a world class yachting marina. There are no enough anchoring space for yachts in the country. Since Kochi is a major spot on the global maritime map, there is a huge scope for such a facility here. If we can provide a marina with international standards, yachts will definitely come calling,” K Mohandas, former secretary, Union Ministry of Shipping, told the newspaper.

The Kochi International Marina by KTDC started operations in April 2010. It provides berthing for 34 yachts and offers fuel, water, electricity and sewage services.