The Karnataka Maritime Board has issued a letter of award to JSW Infrastructure for the development of a commercial port at Keni in Karnataka on public private partnership basis. With an initial capacity of 30 mtpa, the estimated cost of the project is Rs 41.19 billion. The port will be equipped to handle cape-size vessels — bulk carriers that are largely used for the transport of coal, ores, and other commodity raw materials. The Keni port is located between Mormugao Port in the north and New Mangalore Port in the south. As per the Karnataka Maritime Perspective Plan, the state is currently having hinterland potential of 44 mtpa of cargo and it is expected to increase to 117 mtpa by 2035.