The container handling at V O Chidambaranar Port Trust has started to show positive signs from the third quarter of this financial year, chairman of the port trust T K Ramachandran said at the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the port’s school ground.

Addressing stakeholders after hoisting the national flag and taking the salute from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) contingent, he said that the port is committed to transforming as the transshipment hub of south India following the approval of the 9th berth containerization project by the Centre.

He also stated that the port is taking strenuous efforts to improvise the green credentials by implementing various initiatives like 5MW land-based solar power project, 5MW onshore wind farm 270KW roof top solar power project. For the first time among major ports of India, VOC Port is in the process of procuring three e-cars for port activities.

Ramachandran also distributed traffic performance awards for the year 2019-20 for exemplary performance of port users as steamer agents, stevedores, container vessel operators, container liners, container freight stations, custom house agents, exporters, importers and business partners.

The chairman also distributed meritorious awards to the officers and staff of various departments of the port.