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  1. Introduction
  2. Location
  3. Hinterland
  4. Present facilities
  5. Port facilities
  6. Cargo handling equipment
  7. Extent of back up area at Q9 berth for container
  8. Features
  9. Significant achievements of Cochin Port Trust
    1. Award of ISO 9001:2000 certification
    2. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
    3. Implementation of ISPS code
  10. Private sector participation
  11. Terminal and service facilities
    1. International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vallarpadam (ICTT)
    2. LNG regasification terminal
    3. International bunkering terminal
    4. International ship repair complex
    5. Crude oil handling for Kochi Refineries Ltd
    6. International cruise terminal
    7. Port based special economic zone
  12. Organisation structure of Cochin Port Trust
    1. General administration department
    2. Department structure
    3. Planning and research divisions
  13. Revenue for the prot
    1. Traffic revenue
    2. Wharf age revenue
  14. Other sources of revenue
    1. Revenue from lease rent of land
    2. Revenue from the electric supply
    3. Revenue from the water supply
  15. Civil engineering department
    1. Department structure
  16. Mechanical engineering department
    1. Container terminal
    2. Work shop and dry dock
    3. Electrical division
    4. Internal combustion engines division
  17. Traffic department
  18. Marine department
    1. Harbor master's division
    2. Dredging division
    3. Marine survey
    4. Fire services
  19. Medical department
  20. Stores and purchase department
  21. SWOT Analysis
  22. Findings
  23. Conclusion

The ports are the inevitable part of Shipping Industry. They play a major role in import and export of materials through the sea root from and to various destinations around the globe. Ports come under the ministry of shipping, government of India. The general body of the port management is constituted by the board of trustees which contains 19 members. The chairman is head of the management.

Of the 13 ports in India today, the Cochin port trust occupies a prominent position in the international trade of country. From the earlier years, Cochin has been flourishing as the international trade center. The origin of port is linked with a major geographical development in 1314 A.D, when there was a change in the mouth of Periyar, the ?River of Sorrow' of Kerala with its devastating flood, when it is said to have forced a way in to the sea opposite to the present town Ernakulam and there by made the emergence of Cochin harbor. Cochin is a very important port, with its harbor filled with ships, street crowded with merchants and warehouses stored with goods from every part of Asia and Europe.

[...] Hinterland With its strategic location on the south west- coast of India and at a commanding position at the cross road of the east-west ocean trade, the port is a natural gate way to the vast industrial and agricultural produce markets of the south-west India. The hinterland of the port includes the whole of Kerala state and parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states. A study carried out on the traffic flow in the hinterland of the port indicates that about 97% of the total volume of traffic is accounted by Kerala state. [...]

[...] Traffic Department The Port handles a variety of traditional as well as non- traditional items of cargo. The major items of imports through the port are crude oil, food grains, fertilizers (raw materials and finished), coal, raw cashew nuts, machinery and hardware, newsprint, zinc concentrate, bauxite, iron and steel, etc. The major items of exports through the Port includes POL, coir products, tea, coffee, cashew kernels, marine products, cotton piece goods, limonite sand, spices, etc. Marine Department This department is headed by the Deputy Conservator, is concerned with the marine conservancy of the port. [...]

[...] Revenue to the Cochin Port Trust takes of the various forms. There are two major types of revenue to the Port. They are:- 1. Traffic Revenue (Vessel related revenue) Pilot age: Whenever a ship wants to enter the Cochin Port, pilots are provided from the Port for that vessel to reach the port through the proper channel. For this, a fee is charged. Rent for tugs: A ship cannot come and berth on the port suddenly. To control its speed and to berth on the Wharf smoothly tugs are provided which are having high horse power to berth the vessel smoothly. [...]

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