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Tourism Boat on FishingPlays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

OneAgriculture Field of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton.  

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Tamil Nadu Maritime Board was formed in 1997 under the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Act, 1995 (Tamil Nadu Act 4/1996) to administer, control, regulate and manage the minor ports in Tamil Nadu. Prior to the formation of Board, the minor ports were under the control of Tamil Nadu Port Department. The Board is functioning under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister for Highways and Ports, Government of Tamil Nadu


The state of Tamil Nadu has the natural coast line to a length of 992 km, on which there are three major ports and fifteen minor ports situated.The major ports are under the control of Government of India. All the minor ports are under the control of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board. Among these Kattupalli, Ennore Minor Port, Thiruchopuram, PY-3 Oil Field, Tirukkadaiyur, Punnakkayal, Manappad and Kudankulam have been declared as captive ports at the specific request of private companies / entrepreneurs for their captive use. At the captive ports, the infrastructural facilities are developed by the company / entrepreneur concerned. The following commodities are handled at the minor ports.


The following are the main functions carried out by Tamilnadu Maritime Board:

  1. Framing of Rules for administration and operation of ports under Indian Ports Act, 1908 and Tamilnadu Maritime Board Act, 1995.
  2. To levy port dues and other charges such as Landing and Shipping fees, Ground and godown rents, Crane hire charges, overtime fees, Vehicle entry fees, Pilotage fees, Pilot licence fees, Hire charges for floating crafts and such other fees under Indian Ports Act, 1908 and Tamilnadu Maritime Board Act, 1995.
  3. To provide necessary infrastructure facilities for landing and shipping of cargoes, supply of fresh water to ships, provision of Transit sheds and Storage godowns, Navigational aids in harbour with facilities for carrying goods and to maintain adequate depth in the channel for safe navigation.
  4. Declaration of port limits and landing places at the ports.
  5. Rendering pilotage service wherever necessary under Section 35 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908.
  6. Detaining Un-Seaworthy ships.
  7. Issuing Certificate of Entry and Clearance.
  8. Affording assistance for communication between shore and ship with Very High Frequency / Morse / Flag Signals.
  9. Rendering assistance to vessels in distress.
  10. Conducting preliminary enquiries into wrecks and casualties. 2
  11. Issuing Pilot licence for private pilotage at the minor port in Tamil Nadu.


After formation of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board the powers and duties of officers have been prescribed and sent to the Government for approval. The same is under consideration of Government.

Nagapattinam Port

This port is situated in Nagapattinam district. The anchorage of this port is an open road stead. The port facilities provided at the port are as follows.

  1. Wharves
  2. Stacking area
  3. Cargo sheds
  4. Passenger Terminal Station
  5. Weigh Bridge
  6. Slipway

Light house and VHF are functioning at the port for Navigational Aids. M/s.Foods Fats and Fertilisers Ltd. have set up Edible oil storage terminal at the port. Edible oil vessels are regularly calling at the port. Two other companies are also importing edible oil through this port.

M/s.Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. have constructed a RCC jetty with an approach trestle within Nagapattinam port limits so as to handle Crude oil required for their Refinery at Panangudi.

M/s.South India Edibles are importing Copra cake through this port. Tamil Nadu Maritime Board has proposed to develop this port with the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank and ASIDE.

  1. Licences in Form-26, 26-A, 32 and 32-A issued by Tamil Nadu Maritime Board to various companies for using the port land at the minor ports in Tamil Nadu, coastal land outside port limits and for construction of Marine structures.
  2. Annual Financial Results of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
  1. ACTS
    1. Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Act, 1995.
    2. The Indian Ports Act, 1908.
    3. The Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.
    4. The Indian Lighthouse Act.
    5. The Right to Information Act, 2005.
    6. The Tender transparency Act.
  2. RULES
    1. Tamilnadu Minor Ports Harbour Craft Rules, 1953.
    2. The Indian Port Health Rules.
    3. Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Pilotage Rules.
    4. Special Rules for Tamil Nadu Port Services.
    5. Special Rules for Tamil Nadu Port Subordinate Services.
    6. Special Rules for Tamil Nadu Ministerial Services (Section 22).
    7. Special Rules for Tamil Nadu General Subordinate Services.
    8. Special Rules for Tamil Nadu Basic Services.
    9. Tamil Nadu Civil Services (Disciplinary and Appeal) Rules.
    10. Tamil Nadu Pension Rules.
    11. Fundamental Rules.
    12. Tamil Nadu Special Pay & Allowances Rules.
    1. Tamil Nadu Government Office Manual.
    2. Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Manual.
    3. ISPS Code.
    4. Public Works Department A Code and D Code.
    5. Code of Storm Warning Signals.

All Acts, Rules, Government orders, circulars and instructions enacted / framed / issued by the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu from time to time in connection with the functions of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board with regard to the matters not specified in Tamilnadu Maritime Board Act.


A Port Policy for augmenting the investment opportunities by the private sector in development of minor ports in Tamilnadu has been formulated by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The main objectives of the Port Policy are:-

  1. To promote Port based Thermal Power Plants by providing exclusive port facilities for import of Coal/ Naphtha/ Oil/ Natural Gas.
  2. To provide port facilities to promote Export Oriented Industries and Port based industries along the Coastal districts of Tamilnadu.
  3. To decongest Highways and Railways by providing facilities for Coastal traffic of Passengers and cargo along the east coast.
  4. To promote Tourism by providing facilities for leisure and water sports activities along the coastline.
  5. To provide facilities to encourage ship-repairing, ship-breaking and manufacture of cranes and floating crafts.
  6. To decongest the major ports in Tamil Nadu.
  7. To increase the share of Tamilnadu State in the Export and Import sector, in National and International Trade and Commerce in post-liberalisation and globalization era.
  8. To cater to the needs of increasing traffic of Southern states by providing efficient facilities and services and to support the country’s domestic and international trade.
  9. To create sufficient infrastructure facilities to handle 25% of India’s total Cargo in Tamilnadu Maritime Waters.
    Implementation of Policy

    As per the port policy development of captive ports and allied facilities such as jetties mooring systems etc is being encouraged by Tamil Nadu Maritime Board through active private sector participation.

    As per the policy Tamil Nadu Maritime Board had proposed to promote tourism by facilitating leisure and water sports activities along the coast of Tamil Nadu. Accordingly approval has been accorded to the private entrepreneurs to conduct water sports activities / run ferry service. It has also been proposed to set up a Maritime Museum at Marina Beach.


The following committees consisting of three or more members have been constituted by Tamil Nadu Maritime Board. They are:

  1. Finance and Administrative Sub-Committee
    1. Member representing Finance Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
    2. Deputy Secretary to Government, Highways Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
    3. Chief Executive Officer, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
  2. Tender Scrutiny Committee
    1. Chief Engineer, Chennai Port Trust.
    2. State Port Officer, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
    3. Chief Accounts Officer-cum-Secretary, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
    4. Superintending Engineer (Civil) (I/c), Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
  3. Tender Award Committee
    1. Representative from Finance Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
    2. Chief Executive Officer, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.
    3. Regional Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
    4. Special Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
    5. State Port Officer, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board.

As per Section 84 of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Act, 1995, Tamil Nadu Maritime Board shall submit an estimate of the income and expenditure of the Board for the next financial year to the Government for approval on or before the thirty first day of January in each year. The Government shall sanction the estimate with or without modification.

The Government of Tamil Nadu considered that there is no need that Budget Estimates of State Public Sector undertakings / Boards should be approved at Government level and directed all the SPSUs and Boards that the Budget estimates need not be sent to Government for approval and the respective PSUs / Boards may scrutinize and approve the Budget Estimate at the appropriate time after taking into account the instructions issued by the Government from time to time vide their letter No.23/JD (D)/BPE/2004-1, Finance (BPE) Department, dated:18.06.2004.

Accordingly the Budget Estimate of income and expenditure showing surplus or deficit is prepared along with the cash flow statement showing the cash surplus or cash deficit and placed before Tamil Nadu Maritime Board and get it approved.

As per Section 88 of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board Act, 1995 the Board shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare Annual Statement of Accounts including the Balance sheet in such a form as may be approved by the Government. In Tamil Nadu Maritime Board it was decided to continue to follow the accounts on commercial accounting basis through Profit and Loss Account. The Government vide letter No.11782/HF2/99-2, Highways Department, dated.13.08.99 have directed that both receipts and expenditure should be accounted on accrual basis.

The accounts of the Board shall be audited once in every year by an Auditor appointed by the Government in consultation with the Controller and Accountant General of India. Accordingly the Accountant General (A& E) , Tamil Nadu, Chennai has been appointed as the Auditor for Tamil Nadu Maritime Board. The Audit Report of the Auditor shall be placed before the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu Government for its approval.

Under Asian Development Bank funds. A sum of Rs.56.931 crores has been sanctioned by the Government vide G.O.Ms.No.581/(NC-IV) Department, dated.19.10.2005 for execution of schemes by Tamil Nadu Maritime Board with the Asian Development Bank assistance as detailed below. Name of the Port Description of work Cost in Crores 1. Cuddalore Dredging and rehabilitating the port facilities damaged by Tsunami Rs.14.410 2. Nagapattinam Dredging and rehabilitating the port facilities damaged by Tsunami Rs.42.521 Total : Rs.56.931