Vizhinjam: The work on the international seaport at Vizhinjam has picked up pace with the arrival of two dredgers.
The dredgers named Shanti Sagar 10 and 12 have reached the port on Sunday. Out of the two, Shanti Sagar 12 is a reserve machine.
Shanti Sagar 10 will be spearheading the underwater excavation work. Once the necessary technical inspections and other arrangements are over, the dredging work will start from Tuesday.
Before that trial dredging could be carried out today itself. The dredgers which were anchored at Kollam port were brought to Vizhinjam by a tug-Atlantic Ocean Enterprises.
True to its size, Shanti Sagar 10 is a powerful machine. Shanti Sagar 12 will continue to stay put as a standby.
Two years ago, in November end, it was Shanti Sagar 12 that kicked off the port work.
The second machine also joined it later and together, in two years’ time, they reclaimed land measuring 400 metres in width and 800 metres in length.
It is on the reclaimed land that berth works and other related port works are being carried out.
Further dredging works are required to reclaim the remaining part of the land from sea and increase the height of the already reclaimed land.
Vizhinjam will also see the introduction of latest technology to carry out deep-sea dredging.
For this a modern dredger, Shanti Sagar 17, will deployed. It is currently stationed in Holland.