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Kochi Port to participate in Hamburg Port Festival - 2012-05-14

The Kochi Port will be participating in the Hamburg Port Festival, which celebrates the birthday of the Hamburg Port in Hanseatic city.

The three-day festival, which will be held in Germany from May 11, brings together the key players in the port and water transport sector across the world. Kochi Port will be part of the Indian delegation, led by Mr Rakesh Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Ports), for the festival. Mr Paul Antony, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, Mr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust, will be in Hamburg along with other officials in the Shipping Ministry and Inland Waterways Authority of India. The team will be showcasing the recent developments in the logistics sector in India and also highlights the investment opportunities in the port sector to international visitors at the Hamburg Port Festival. India will have four stalls in the festival.

Kochi Port will showcase its emerging prominence as the gateway to south India and its upcoming cruise terminal facilities at the Hamburg Festival. Kochi's preferred destination for major cruise operators will be highlighted at the festival, sources in the port said.

According to sources, the tremendous potential in cruise related operations is a major and emerging business as far as Kochi is concerned. A cruise cell had been constituted to oversee the development of the port's potential. The sources pointed out that work on the international cruise terminal and the new passenger plaza was expected to be completed shortly.

The completion of this world class facility would make Kochi more attractive to cruise operators, who had now turned Kochi into a regular destination for most of their world cruises. The number of cruise liners calling at the port has exceeded 40 over the last two years and the number is likely to go up in the current season. The largest and most luxurious cruise liners have already made repeated calls at Kochi. The port's Cruise Cell endeavour is to make the city a major stopover on the East-West route between Europe and Australia, the sources added.

Source : Hindu Business Line