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The definitive article on the problems that have hobbled India’s attempts to develop an international transhipment port at Vallarpadam. Despite the involvement of DP World, the deepwater project has failed to win any major deepsea services and has remained underutilised in a country that is crying out for more port capacity. Draught issues, a damaging turf war between customs officials and special economic zone authorities and the apparent indifference of Kerala’s state government have all stunted its growth.

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