Cochin is a major port city located on India's southwestern coast (by Arabian Sea and Laccadive Sea). It is part of Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called Ernakulam, referring to city's mainland part. With a corporation limit population of 612,340, and metropolitan population of 2.5 million, it is the 2nd largest city in Kerala after Thiruvananthapuram as well as Kerala's 2nd largest urban agglomeration after Calicuta.
- The city (called "Queen of the Arabian Sea") was a major spice trading centre from the 14th century onward, trading predominantly with Arab merchants. Among the tourist attractions are Portuguese churches, Jewish synagogue, mosques, Hindu temples, Mattancheri Palace, Fort Cochin ruins, Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, large beach.
- Here are headquartered Indian Navy's Southern Command and Indian Coast Guard (with Air Squadron 747). City's commercial port facilities include Port Cochin, Marina, Shipyard, International Container Transshipment Terminal, offshore moorings, Refinery. The city is also home for International Pepper Exchange, Stock Exchange, large industries (Cyber City, HMT, Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, TELK, FACT, TCC, IREL, Merchem, HOCL, Petronet LNG, Refineries) and large industrial parks (Cochin Special Economic Zone, Infopark, Smart City).
Cochin is a major seaport on Arabian Sea and one of India's largest cargo ports. The port is located in a natural harbour, separated from the mainland by river estuaries and seawater inlets. This location allows scenic boat tours among small islands.
The port is on two islands (in Lake Kochi) named Willingdon and Vallarpadam. Via Kochi river the port opens onto Laccadive Sea (Indian Ocean. ICTT ("International Container Transshipment Terminal") is the country's largest container port with capacity to handle the world's biggest boxships.
The port is managed by Cochin Port Trust (government-owned company). The cargo port was opened in 1926. Other port facilities include Cochin Shipyard (India's largest shipbuilding ship-repars facility), SPM (single point mooring at Kochi Refineries), offshore crude oil carrier mooring and Kochi Marina.
Port's navigational channel starts with the entrance (between Vypeen and Fort Kochi). Approach channel has length approx 1 km and designed width 200 m. channel's maintained (through dredging) depth is 18 m (59 ft). After entering, the main channel divides into 2 channels. Ship docking is on wharves, berths, jetties and moorings along both channels. 24-hour pilotage service, water supply and bunkering are also provided to vessels. The port is well connected with hinterland via railways, roads and waterways to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
On Willingdon Island is located a Maritime Heritage Museum displaying unique marine equipments and port photos from the period 1920-1940.
Cochin is among the preferred ports of call on repositioning cruise itineraries between Southeast Asia and Europe (via Suez Canal / Middle East). In 2015-2016, the port handled 33 cruise vessels. In 2016-2017, the cruise port had scheduled a total of 46 ship calls.
Cochin is among India's 7 ports with e-Visa issuance, where cruise ship passengers can apply for visas online and it is issued by the time of arrival. In 2017, Cochin Port Trust started using bar-coded e-landing cards issued to cruise ship tourists on shore excursions. Under this system, passengers apply online for landing permission and the e-Landing cards are issued on the ship.
Highlights: Kochi Castle, Shikoku Pilgrimage
Cochin cruise terminal
In September 2016, Cochin Port Trust announced that by late 2018 the city will open a new cruise ship terminal at Ernakulam Wharf.
- The new terminal has a total area of 2285 m2 (24600 ft2), project cost USD 3,9 million. The new cruise terminal has capacity to handle vessels with KLOA length up to 420 m (1378 ft) and features all facilities for smooth passenger handling.
- The new terminal building and operations follow all international immigration standard procedures (similar to international airports) with the inclusion of counters for e-visa and e-landing permits. The total number of immigration counters is 30.
Currently, all big-sized cruise ships (longer than 250 m / 820 ft) dock at BTP berth (aka Samudrika, Ernakulam Wharf). It has no immigration facilities. The statutory clearances (Customs & Immigration counters) are under single roof and highly crowded. An average international cruise passenger spends roughly USD 500 during a ship visit to Cochin.
Kochi is among the preferred port of call for voyages linking South Asia and the Middle East. In 2016-2017 the port had 46 ships call against 33 in 2015-2016. In 2017, 23 ships visited and another 10 are due to arrive before March 31.
Port Cochin cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Cochin, India. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Cochin cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Cochin, India.
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