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Tuticorin Port celebrates 33rd anniversary of declaration as Major Port

The Tuticorin Port Trust (TPT) on July 31 celebrated its 33rd anniversary of becoming a Major Port in a grand way. The Port was declared as the 10th Major Port in the country in June 1974.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ms V. Radhika Selvi, was the chief guest at the function held to mark the anniversary. Mr M. Appadurai, MP, and Mr R. Dhanushkodi Athithan, MP, were the guests of honour.

Mr A. Subbiah, IAS, Deputy Chairman of TPT, welcomed the gathering.

Addressing the gathering, Mr K. Suresh, IAS, Chairman of the Chennai Port Trust and now also in charge of TPT, said that Tuticorin Port, which was stepping into its 34th year of operations as a Major Port, had registered considerable growth in all parameters. It had also achieved remarkable growth on the container shipping front. With all infrastructure developments at the Port on the upswing, it was now gearing up for a big makeover in the coming days, he announced.

Later, Ms Radhika Selvi distributed TPT’s awards for excellence in traffic performance during 2006-07 to steamer agents and stevedores on the occasion.

Members from TPT unions, TPT CHLP unions, Tuticorin Ship Agents’ Association, Tuticorin Steamer Agents’ Association, Tuticorin All India Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tuticorin Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated in the function.

Mr J. P. Joe Villavarayar, President of the Tuticorin Ship Agents’ Association, also graced the event.

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