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Chennai Port

  • It is the second largest container port of India, behind Mumbai's Nhava Sheva.
  • The port is the largest one in the Bay of Bengal.
  • It is the third-oldest port among the 13 major ports of India with official port operations beginning in 1881, although maritime trade started much earlier in 1639 on the undeveloped shore.
  • It is an artificial and all-weather port with wet docks. Once a major travel port, it became a major container port in the post-Independence era.
  • It  lies on a flat coastal plain known as the Eastern Coastal Plains on the east coast of the Indian peninsula known as the Coromandel Coast in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The bed slope is fairly flat. The port is situated on the thermal equator and is also coastal, which prevents extreme variation in seasonal temperature.

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