Cargo traffic at major ports surges 6 per cent in April

India’s 12 major ports marked a 6.27 per cent increase in the cargo traffic to 55.75 million tonnes (MT) in April. These ports handled 52.46 MT cargo in April 2016. Iron ore traffic volumes were up 40 per cent to 5.37 MT during the month as against 3.82 MT in April 2016 while coking coal volumes increased by 15 per cent to 4.61 MT. Container traffic was up 9.78 per cent to 7 lakh teus while POL volumes too surged by 7 per cent. Kandla port handled the highest traffic volume at 9.32 MT during April this year followed by Paradip Port at 7.33 MT. JNPT Port handled 5.75 MT, Mumbai 5.33 MT and Visakhapatnam 4.92 MT. Kolkata Port including Haldia handled 4.23 MT of cargo while Chennai port handled 3.93 MT of cargo.