V.O. Chidambaranar Port here 365.83 lakh tonnes of cargo against the previous year’s 384.63 lakh tonnes, registering a decrease of 4.89%. While imports accounted for 261.71 lakh tonnes (-6.52%), exports accounted for 104.12 lakh tonnes (-0.51%).
The port registered a record throughput of 6,97,631 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers in 2017-18 clocking a growth of 8.65% over the previous year’s 6,42,103 TEUs. I. Jeyakumar, Chairman, VOC Port Trust, in a statement said they had plans to move forward to meet challenges and accommodate large ships.
When compared to 2016-17, cargoes that had shown considerable increase were: containerised cargo 8.65% (55,528 TEUs), limestone 22.57% (2.50 lakh tonnes), palm oil 65.23% (1.40 lakh tonnes), timber logs 45.90% (1.32 lakh tonnes) and clinkers 134.68% (1.05 lakh tonnes).There was a phenomenal growth of 33.11% in coastal cargo traffic in 2017-18: 99.72 lakh tonnes over 74.92 lakh tonnes in 2016-17.
Average ship berth day output had increased from 10,456 tonnes in the previous fiscal to 11,961 tonnes in 2017-18. There were 1,482 ship calls, down by 10.83% from the 1,662 ship calls during 2016-17. The fewer vessel calls illustrated that much of the cargo was arriving in larger ships.
The port’s operating income amounted to Rs. 622.75 crore during 2017-18 as against Rs. 597.93 crore in the previous year. The operating ratio of 40.17% was one of the best among major ports.
A project awarded for dredging in front of coastal berth at a cost of Rs. 96.33 crore in 2017-18 was completed on April 4.
The port had been executing a major capacity augmentation project through capital dredging of the dock basin at 16.50 m, approach channel up to 17.20 m depth, widening of the port entrance channel from 153 m to 230 m at an approximate cost of Rs. 3090.28 crore, the statement added.
Source: The Hindu