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San Fernando the first mothership anchored at Vizhinjam port, gets a water salute

Posted on 11 Jul 2024

The Vizhinjam International Seaport, Thiruvananthapuram, received its first mothership today
San Fernando, owned by SFL Corporation Ltd. and chartered by Maersk- (AP Moller Group), Denmark, reached the outer area of the port around 7 am and berthed at the port by 9:30 am

San Fernando was welcomed with a water salute by tug 'Ocean Prestige' and thousands lined up on the port with Indian flag to welcome the vessel, which is 300 metres long and 48 metres wide.  

When San Fernando unloads 1,930 containers in Vizhinjam, it will become a new history in India and a major milestone of the first phase of this mega project.

Vizhinjam Port is India’s first deepwater container transhipment port. The port has a natural draft of 18-20 meters, which means that some of the largest container vessels in the world will be able to dock here. 

The arrival of San Fernando’ will commence the trail operations of the port, which is fast preparing for full commissioning.  The official ceremony to receive the first mothership at the port will be held tomorrow.