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India positions Nicobar as a rival port to Colombo

India is planning to develop a transhipment port at Great Nicobar Island in the Bay of Bengal with an investment of Rs10,000 crore ($1.33bn).

The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced the plan as he inaugurated the first undersea optical fiber project to provide high speed internet to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Modi said Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been chosen as a hub of port-led development as it is in a competitive location and central to the government’s focus to promote trade and simplify maritime logistics. According to Modi, legal bottlenecks for the project are also being removed.

The transhipment port will provide an alternative to Colombo, which is currently the major transhipment hub in the region.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. For a change one good move by Indian Govt after declining reauest of Shipping companies in mid 80s to develope facilities in Andeman n Nicobar when they started moving out of Hongkong. It should also be made a free port like Singapore with minimum govt. interference, with bunkering and storing facilities plus decongesting traffic n load of Singapore.

  2. Remember the Author is Chinese and is trying to create a turf between India and Sri lanka

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