Great Nicobar Port – Information & Status Updates

International Container Transhipment Port (ICTP) is a container terminal planned to be built at Great Nicobar’s Galathea Bay in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The project is also known as Great Nicobar Port or Galathea Bay Port.

The International Container Transhipment Port project will be developed on the public private partnership (PPP) mode targeting international container trans-shipment movement in the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. It will have a “deep draft” of over 20 meters to allow access to larger vessels.

Great Nicobar Port is estimated to cost Rs. 41,000 crore. Construction on the project is expected to start in April 2025. It will come up in four phases having a total capacity of 16 million TEUs when fully completed by 2058.

The project is part of the Great Nicobar Island project – a Rs. 75,000 crore mega project which will include construction of a new airport (Great Nicobar International Airport or GNIA), gas and solar power plant, and two new coastal cities.

Key Details

  • Total Estimated Cost: Rs. 41,000 crore
  • Phase 1’s Estimated Cost: Rs. 18,000 crore
  • Owner: Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW)

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the International Container Transhipment Port will have a capacity of 4 million TEUs (twenty equivalent units) and is estimated to cost Rs. 18,000 crore.

Its scope includes construction of breakwaters, dredging, reclamation, berths, storage areas, building and utilities, procurement and installation of equipment, and development of a port colony.

Current Status

Great Andaman’s International Container Transhipment Port project is currently awaiting approval from India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT).

In November 2022, the project was approved and granted final Environmental Clearance (EC) by India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

In January 2024, India’s Central Government announced that 11 firms have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) applications for developing the international transhipment port project. Some of the firms include Adani Ports and SEZ, JSW Infra, Rail Vikash Nigam Ltd (RVNL), Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Container Corporation of India and Royal Boskalis Westminster.

Location & Layout

Great Nicobar International Container Transhipment Port’s site is located at Galathea Bay – the southern tip of Great Andaman island (view on Google Maps)

Construction on the port is expected to start in April 2025.

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Page last updated: July 9, 2024. Have a question or spot an error? Let me know here.