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  • Second largest port of India
  • Over 100 years of tradition
  • Round-the-clock operations
  • Passenger terminal of international standard
  • Handled 46.39 MT of cargo traffic during April–February, FY 14

Established in 1881, Chennai Port is the third oldest port among the 12 major ports of India. It has a terminal shunting yard and runs its own railway operations inside the harbour. The port’s railway lines run up to 68 kilometres (km) and handled 4360 rakes (239412 wagons) and an all-time high of 61.06 million tonnes (MT) of cargo in the period 2009–10. The port with three docks, 24 berths and draft ranging from 12 m to 16.5 m has become a hub port for containers, cars and project cargo in the east coast.

Strategically located and well connected with major parts of the world, Chennai Port is today the hub port on the Indian subcontinent. Committed to efficiency through innovation, the port is certain to see much growth in the years to come. The long-term plan for Chennai Port envisages that the Port will mainly handle the 4 Cs – Containers, Cars, Cruise and Clean Cargo.


Chennai Port: The hub port on the Indian subcontinent

2014 High Court gives green signal to the Rs 1,800 crore (US$ 296.33 million) Chennai Port–Maduravoyal Elevated Corridor
2008 Container traffic crosses 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first time
2007 Signs an agreement to set up its second container terminal
1983 Heralds India’s first dedicated container terminal facility commissioned by Mrs Indira Gandhi
1972 Develops the Outer Harbour, named Bharathi Dock for handling petroleum
In FY20, major ports in India handled 704.82 million tonnes of cargo traffic, implying a CAGR of 2.74% during FY16-20.