20th January 2018

PHO Cochin

Port Health Organisation, Cochin started it’s operation in Cochin on 12.12.1942 with Dr. B. GopalakrishnaPrabhu as it’s first Port Health Officer. The main function of Port Health Organisation is to prevent the entry of Quarantainable diseases (i.e., Diseases subject to International Health Regulations) into the Country.

  • Yellow Fever
  • Plaque
  • Cholera
  • PHEIC’s such as SARS, H1N1, Ebola Virus Disease, Zika Virus Disease as notified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time.

Cochin Seaport is one of the 9 Major Seaports of India. It’s located on the Western Seacoast off Arabian Sea in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Cochin Port handles 1500 ships on an average annually.

The main activity of the Cochin port is centered  around

  • Cochin Port, Willingdon  Island, Cochin 
  • Vallarpadam International Trans-shipment Container Terminal in VallarpadamIsland, Ernakulam
  • LNG Terminial, Puthuvype, Ernakulam and
  • UTL Berth for Lakshadweep plying Passenger Vessels

Port Health Officer, Cochin Seaport also clear ships visiting the following minor ports in Kerala and Karnataka

  • Vizhinjam Port, Trivandrum
  • Neendakara Port, Kollam
  • Thangassery Port, Kollam
  • Beypore Port, Kozhikode
  • Azhikal Port, Kannur

In Karnataka, for issue of Ship Sanitation Exemption Control Certificates /Ship Sanitation Control Certificates & Medicine Chest Inspection Certificates

  • New Manglore Port, Manglore.
  • Malpe Fishing Harbour, Malpe, Udupi

Cochin Port  is  an Estuarine   Port   situated   in  the  mouth  of  the  Vembanad  lake at  9058’N  latitude  and  76014’E  longitude  and  is  suited  for   both  day   and  night navigation. Cochin Port is an all-weather natural port, located close to the busiest international sea routes from the Gulf to Singapore and Europe to Far East circuits. Among all the Indian Ports, Cochin is located closest to the international routes, being only 11 nautical miles from the Gulf to Singapore route and 70 nautical miles from the Suez Canal – Far East route.

Cochin has moderate to heavy rainfall and tropical, dry climatic conditions. The temperature varies from 25°C to 44°C during summer and 10°C to 25°C during rains and winter.

Cochin was declared a Major Port on 1st August, 1936 by the Government of India.  The Harbour Administration was taken over by the Government of India and Sir Robert Bristow was appointed as the first Administrative Officer of the Port. The Administration of the Port was vested in the hands of a Port Trust Board on 29th February 1964 under the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.

Cochin Seaport, located at  Willingdon  Island,  is a manmade island of reclaimed land, covers an area of over 2188.75 acres of which 1000 acres is with Cochin Port Trust and rest  is  with Railways and Southern Naval Command.The Cochin Port and the surrounding areas are all under the Cochin Port Trust. There is no ownership at Cochin Port and all land and buildings are on lease only. Hence this area is fully administered by the Cochin Port Authority.

The Port area has two major road entry points from Ernakulam and Fort cochin. There is a Railway Station Cochin Harbour Terminus which connects Cochin Port to Ernakulam Junction Railway Station and is used mainly to ferry containers, coal, foodgrains. ICTT Vallarpadam is also connected by rail to Edapally railway station  and is used to ferry containers from ICTT Vallarpadam to Kerala and rest of  the Country.


  • Natural, all weather port
  • Deep drafted alongside berths with modern cargo handling equipments
  • Fast documentation and efficient administration of services backed by a fully Computerized Network
  • Single window facility for faster documentation with modern communication facilities
  • Adequate warehousing capacity
  • Linked to the ICDs of south India by road & rail
  • Congestion-free Port .
  • Personalized service to Port users
  • Attractive tariff structure
  • Zero incidence of Pilferage
  • An ISO 9001-2008 Port
  • Round the clock operation
  • ISPS  and MARPOL Regulations Compliant
  • Distribution licensee for power distribution  in W/Island at 110KV
  • Facilities for supply of water and bunkering to vessels
  • Equipped with modern state of Art Vessel Traffic Management System
  • India’s first e-Port

Single Buoy Mooring (SBM)/ Single Point Mooring for Crude Handling

The Single Buoy Mooring System of the BPCL – Kochi Refineries Ltd is located at a distance of 19.5km from the shoreline. The facility is capable of receiving Very Large Crude Carriers of up to 300,000 DWt. The SBM is connected by submarine pipelines of 19.5kms length to shore tank farms facilities at Puthuvypeen under Cochin Port. The project was operationalised in December 2007.

International Container Trans-shipment Terminal

Being the closest Indian Major Port to international shipping routes, Cochin port has set up an International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam Island to overcome higher costs and delays to Indian trade. This state-of-the-art terminal has an annual handling capacity of 3 million TEUs. Phase-I of the terminal has been commissioned on 11th February 2011 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and is now in operation.

LNG Re-gasification Terminal

Cochin Port has set up a LNG terminal and re-gasification plant in Puthuvypeen area of the Port. The LNG terminal consist of jetty for LNG vessels up to a length of 300m and draft of 12 meters and a re-gasification plant has come up in Puthuvypeen SEZ area of the Port.

International Cruise terminal

Cochin Port has developed an International Cruise Passenger Facilitation Centre, named “ Samudrika”, of 1,500 sq.m and a 4,500 sq.m. Convention Centre, named “Sagara”, adjacent to the BTP jetty. The facilities include an air-conditioned Passenger Lounge, Customs and Immigration Counters, Luggage Counter, Public Address system, Drinking Water and Modern Toilets.

A dedicating berthing facility for cruise vessels, by extending berths BTP / NCB, was completed by March 2015.

Development of an International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Port

Cochin Port Trust has awarded a project for an International Ship Repair Facility to Cochin Shipyard Lt. (CSL). The facility has come up 41 acres of land on the Western side of Willingdon Island along the Mattanchery channel. The facility will have a dry dock (66 m x 4 m), slipway and a Ship Lift and Transfer System for 6 Vessels. The Ship Lift System would approx. 120 m long, with a 30 m wide lifting platform, and have capacity to handle light ship weights upto 6,000 tonnes, LOA 130 m and beam 25 m. The facility will enable ships visiting Cochin Port to undertake both floating as well as docking repairs.

Free Trade Warehousing Zone on Willingdon Island

Cochin Port Trust is developing an FTWZ in an area in the South End of Willingdon Island. The Commerce Ministry has already given the approval for the FTWZ. A global tender has been called for selecting the co-developer who will invest in the infrastructure necessary for the FTWZ. This free trade area will provide a good logistics base to make Cochin the supply-point for the Indian sub-continent.