Porayar: Two ship building units would soon come up at Kaatupalli near Ennore and Silambimangalam near Cuddalore, a top official of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board said Friday.
The units will provide services, including construction of new ships and ship maintenance works, Muthukumaraswamy, Vice-Chairman of the board said.
He was talking to reporters at Nagapattinam port premises after reviewing the progress of developmental works being carried out at the tsunami-hit Nagai port at a cost of Rs44.58 crores.
Stating that the Cuddalore port was witnessing rapid development, he said it had started handling fertilizer-laden foreign ships. It has provided employment opportunities to more than 2,000 people of Cuddalore, he said.
The Nagapattinam and Cuddalore ports were capable of handling palm oil, fertilizers and coconut imports on a largescale.
Nagapattinam port has four godowns with a total capacity of 14,000 tonnes and more godowns could be added based on the needs, he said. Three more minor ports would soon come up at Tirukkuvalai, Manapadu and Udamkudi, he added.