Container handling by Major Ports rises 8% to 9.135 mn TEUs in FY18

JNPT retains the pole position, followed by Chennai Port Trust

MUMBAI: The 12 Major Ports loaded a combined 9.135 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2017-18, 8.08 per cent more than the previous year.

In FY17, the Major Ports handled 8.452 million TEUs. Containers handled at Major Ports are expected to cross the 10 million mark this fiscal.

Container cargo

The Container cargo handled by the 12 Major Ports during FY18 accounted for 19.67 per cent of the 679.359 million tonnes (mt) of total cargo, according to the Shipping Ministry. The total cargo handled by the Major Ports rose 4.77 per cent to 679.359 mt from 648.398 mt in FY17.

Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants or POL topped the cargo mix at the Major Ports with a share of 31.55 per cent. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Country’s biggest Container port, retained the pole position among the Major Ports in Container handling, with a volume of 4.833 million TEUs, followed by Chennai Port Trust with 1.549 million TEUs. Kolkata Port Trust held the third spot with 796,000 TEUs.

The largest jump in commodities was in coking coal shipments, which spurted 8.62 per cent to reach 50.596 mt in FY18 from 46.582 mt a year earlier.

POL shipments grew 7.22 per cent to 214.311 mt from 199.878 mt in FY17. Iron ore was the only commodity to register a decline during the year, a drop of 2.75 per cent to 48.590 mt from 49.964 mt in FY17. Thermal and steam coal shipments rose 2.77 per cent to touch 95.266 mt from 92.701 mt in FY17.



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