The 12 Major Ports registered a growth of 3.11 per cent and together handled 578.86 million tonnes of cargo during the period April 2018 to January 2019 as against 561.39 million tonnes during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal

For the period from April 2018-January 2019, nine ports, i.e. Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal registered positive growth in traffic.

The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (15.56 per cent), followed by Kolkata [inc. Haldia] (9.86 per cent), Cochin (8 per cent), JNPT (7.46 per cent) and Paradip (6.4 per cent).

Kamarajar Port’s growth was mainly due to increase in container traffic (21.7 per cent), other misc. cargo (41.23 per cent), other liquids (11.63 per cent), POL (9.14 per cent), and thermal and steam coal (5.18 per cent).

At Kolkata Port, the overall growth was 9.86 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 4.68 per cent, whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) had a growth of 12.11 per cent.

During the period under review, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic at 94.55 million tonnes (16.33 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 89.98 million tonnes (15.54 per cent share), JNPT with 58.6 million tonnes (10.12 per cent share), Visakhapatnam with 54.73 million tonnes (9.45 per cent share) and Kolkata (inc. Haldia) with 52.18 million tonnes (9.01 per cent share). Together, these ports handled around 60 per cent of the Major Port traffic.

Commodity-wise, the percentage share of POL was maximum at 33.35 per cent, followed by container (20.8 per cent), thermal and steam coal (14.95 per cent), other misc. cargo (10.51 per cent), coking and other coal (8.26 per cent), iron ore and pellets (5.71 per cent), other liquid (4.20 per cent), finished fertiliser (1.21 per cent) and FRM (1.01 per cent), informed an official release.

POSTED BY Exim News Service