On December 12, 2018, the longest ship handled by the port was MV Wan Hai 510, which was 268.8 meters long and 32.2 meters wide. the ship processed 39 months ago – and 40 meters wide reached Dakshin Bharat Bridge Terminal at VOC Port.
MSC Vidhi, the Liberia-flagged vessel with a capacity of 5,770 TEUs and a draft of 12.5 meters, has reached Tuticorin from Port Louis in Mauritius. After handling 1,564 TEUs of import containers and 1,275 TEUs of export containers, the vessel will leave Tuticorin on Monday and head to Colombo in Sri Lanka and to Shanghai and Dalian in China over the next few days. Port authority chairman TK Ramachandran, who received the ship, told reporters it was an important day in the history of the port.
Speaking to reporters, the president said this would pave the way for the port to be transformed into a transshipment hub. Stating that widening the mouth of the port from the existing 153 meters to 230 meters at an expenditure of Rs 16 crore, Ramachandran said that on completion of the project, the port would be equipped to accommodate mother ships of 300 350 meters long. A port official said the mouth widening should be completed within a year.