Friday, May 31, 2013

Vizhinjam Unveiled!

Here's what India's deepest port and first world-class container transshipment port will look like.

The excerpts below are from the new master plan, created by AECOM - based on inputs supplied by Dr. Tharoor back in September, based on a crowd-sourcing exercise in which I was fortunate enough to be part of. 

I will follow up with detailed comments shortly. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the first ever port in India capable of handling the gargantuan Triple-E class container ships.

(Click on the images for their bigger versions)

Overall Master Plan (All 3 Phases)

Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

Stay tuned! 

(Read a few more posts, while you wait.....!) :)

Or check out how the world's biggest ship is getting built, Vizhinjam can handle it and more.....


Saturday, May 04, 2013

Surf's Up in Trivandrum - with Jonty Rhodes!

You might expect the world's best fielder to over step on a cricket ground to be wearing whites or colors, on verdant grass, while showing his expertise in sports. Well no! Jonty Rhodes was clad in a black wet suit as he hot-dogged the surf at the beautiful Kovalam beach. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, not Malibu or Bondi but our good old Kovalam. The beach which started international tourism in Kerala, before anyone even heard of the backwaters, has kick-started a new sport - surfing - in our State. The Surfing Federation of India chose Kovala for India's first surfing and stand-up paddling competition.

Photo Courtesy: Madhyamam

Image Courtesy: Kerala Kaumudi