Pratnashree Basu and Sohini Bose

Great Nicobar in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is set to be developed into a transhipment port as part of making the islands a hub for the government’s Port Led development plans. The announcement came during the launch of the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland on August 10th, 2020. Transhipment involves off-loading cargo from one ship and loading it onto another to carry it to its destination. The proposal for establishing a transhipment port at Great Nicobar has been in the works for a while with opinion being divided on the advantages of such a port, its practical implications and the general gulf between estimations which favour development of the ANI and views which are against the same. An assessment of the implications of a transhipment port at Great Nicobar must be understood keeping these fundamental aspects in consideration.