For its outer harbour project, Kochi port is likely to call an expression of interest (EoI) to move all future port related activities to a new area. Conceptual studies show that the intensity of sea erosion in Kochi’s western coast can be reduced significantly if two break waters, each extending 6 km into the sea, are put up at the port’s mouth.
Conceptual studies were conduceted by IIT, Madras, and modelling by Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune. The breakwaters can also be leveraged to develop the outer harbour in approximately 2,600 acres west of Puthuvypeen and 650 acres off Fort Kochi.
The site is a natural fit for a 20 mmtpa export-oriented oil refinery or a liquid trading hub, subject to environmental clearance.