The State’s minor ports include seven government ports and 14 captive ports operated by private companies for thier own use.
Cuddalore: Chemplast Sanmar Limited has developed a Marine Terminal Facility (MTF) within Cuddalore Port limits to handle Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) required for the Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) factory in the SIPCOT Complex. And Cuddalore Powergen Corporation Limited has proposed setting up a jetty.
Nagapattinam: Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited has established a jetty to handle the products of its refinery and is handling cargo through the jetty.
Pamban: This port is situated on Rameswaram Island. Its only function is to pilot small-draft vessels passing through the Pamban Channel in the Gulf of Mannar.
Rameswaram: An in-principle approval has been granted for the running of a passenger ferry service for a short distance in the Agnitheertham area of Rameswaram. The Government of India and the Sri Lankan Government have proposed reviving the Indo-Sri Lankan ferry service, when this port would serve that service too.
Valinokkam: There is no activity at this port in the Ramanathapuram District.
Kanniyakumari: This port is solely meant for the Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd.’s ferry service between the shore and Vivekanada Rock Memorial/Ayyan Thiruvalluvar statue.
Colachel: This port in Kanniyakumari District and very close to the international shipping lanes has been identified as a suitable port for developing into a container tran-shipment hub port.
Kattupalli: This port, near Ennore, has been extended for the establishing of a shipyard-cum-minor port complex by L&T Shipbuilding Limited. A proposal to decalre Kattupalli as a Sea Customs port is under consideration. Construction of the North breakwater upto 400 m and South breakwater upto 600 m has been completed.
Ennore Minor Port: The port, comprising the marine structures of a Multiple Buoy Mooring System with submarine pipeline to receive Liquid Ammonia, has been developed by M/s. Coromandel International Ltd., Chennai
Mugaiyur: Marg Swarnabhoomi Port Private Limited has proposed developing a ship repair facility here.
Thiruchopuram: Nagarujuna Oil Corporation Ltd. has been permitted to establish a captive port to handle crude and petroleum products from its proposed oil refinery at Thiruchopuram in Cuddalore District
Silambimangalam Shipyard: Goodearth Shipbuilding Pvt Ltd plans to establish a captive shipbuilding yard in Cuddalore District. The Government of India has also notified this as a Customs Port. In-principle approval to establish a Single Super Phosphate Fertiliser Plant within the Silambimangalam Shipyard Port area has also been granted.
Parangipettai: IL&FS Limited has been granted in-principle approval to develop a captive port in Cuddalore District to handle coal for its proposed 4000 MW merchant power plant.
PY-03 Oil Field: This port, 50 km southeast of Cuddalore, is exclusively meant for loading onto ships crude oil being extracted from the oil wells at PY-03 Oil Field.
Kaveri: PEL Power Limited has proposed establishing a jetty near Poompuhar in Nagapattinam District to handle coal for its 13,290 MW power plant.
Vanagiri: NSL Power Limited has proposed establishing a jetty near Sirkazhi in Nagapattinam District to handle coal for its 1500 MW power plant. A proposal for Customs Notification of this port has been sent to the Government of India.
Thirukkadaiyur: PPN Power Generating Company handles naphtha and natural gas through this port, for its 330 MW gas combined Cycle Power Project at Pillaiperumalnallur near Thirukkadaiyur in Nagapattinam District. The port has been extended to accommodate the landfill of gas pipelines of Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd.
Thirukkuvalai: Tridem Port and Power Company Private Limited has proposed establishing a port near Vettaikkaran Iruppu in Nagapattinam District to handle coal required for its proposed 2000 MW merchant power plant.
Punnakkayal: This port in Tuticorin District was declared a captive facility for the use of DCW Limited to handle Vinyl Chloride Monomer, Low Sulphur Heavy Stock, Liquified Petroleum Gas etc. The company recently conveyed its decision not to develop the captive port facilities and the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board is on the look-out for a prospective port developer.
Manappad: The Government has declared Manappad in Tuticorin District as a Minor Port to handle LNG for the proposed 2000 MW gas turbine power project to be set up by Indian Power Project Ltd. at Vembar.
Koodankulam: This port in Tirunelveli District is for the captive use of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. for its proposed nuclear power project at Koodankulam consisting of two units of 2000 MW each.
Ports under process (yet to be declared)
Panaiyur: Coastal Tamil Power Limited has been granted an in-principle approval for developing a captive port at Panaiyur, near Cheyyur, in Kancheepuram District to handle coal required for its proposed 4000 MW ultra mega power project.
Udangudi: Udangudi Power Corporation Limited, Chennai, has been granted in-principle approval for establishing an open sea jetty to receive coal for its 1600 MW Udangudi super critical thermal power project.