National Defence Bureau,
Kochi, 23 February 2019
In a major step towards increasing the berthing capacity of naval ships at Kochi, the Indian Navy has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cochin Port Trust (CoPT) for reconstruction of the vintage North Jetty at Naval Base, Kochi. The MoU was signed by Commodore Ishan Tandon, Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Headquarters, Southern Naval Command and Mr AV Ramana, Chairman in Charge, Cochin Port Trust on 22 February 2019, in the presence of dignitaries from both Indian Navy and Cochin Port Trust.
The MoU facilitates the reconstruction and expansion of the North Jetty as a modern jetty, which will have all facilities for berthing of major naval ships of the Navy and will be taken up under Deposit Work terms by the Cochin Port at an approximate cost of Rs 600 crores. The new jetty is planned to be completed within a span of 4 years.
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