The Major Ports have recorded a growth of 5.12 per cent and together handled 343.26 million tonnes of cargo during the period April to September 2018 as against 326.54 million tonnes during the corresponding period of the previous year.
For the period from April 2017- September 2018, nine ports [Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal] registered positive growth in traffic, informed a release.
Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports
The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (19.66 per cent), followed by Cochin (11.51 per cent), Paradip (11.12 per cent), Haldia (10.07 per cent) and Deendayal (10.03 per cent).
Kamarajar Port’s growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of other misc. cargo by 39.77 per cent, other liquids (15.38 per cent), POL by 14.67 per cent, and thermal and steam coal by 11.34 per cent.
During the period April to September 2018, Deendayal Port handled the highest volume of traffic, i.e. 58.63 million tonnes (17.08 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 52.90 million tonnes (15.41 per cent share), JNPT with 34.81 million tonnes (10.14 per cent share), Visakhapatnam with 31.76 million tonnes (9.25 per cent share) and Kolkata (incl. Haldia) with 29.97 million tonnes (8.73 per cent). Together, these five ports handled around 60.62 per cent of Major Port traffic.
The commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum, i.e. 33.37 per cent, followed by container (20.99 per cent), thermal and steam coal (14.99 per cent), other misc. cargo (10.80 per cent), coking and other coal (7.71 per cent), iron ore and pellets (5.65 per cent), other liquid (4.33 per cent), finished fertiliser (0.98 per cent) and FRM (1.19 per cent), the release added.
Source : eximin