Major Ports handle 2.41 pc more cargo at 116.26 mt in April-May

The Major Ports recorded a growth of 2.41 per cent and together handled 116.26 million tonnes of cargo during the period April to May 2018, as against 113.52 million tonnes during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

As per official data, for the period April-May 2018, nine ports [Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal] registered positive growth in traffic.

The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (11.69 per cent), followed by Kolkata (incl. Haldia) (11.33 per cent), Cochin (8.70 per cent), Paradip (7.61 per cent) and New Mangalore (6.66 per cent).

The growth of Kamarajar Port was mainly due to increase in other misc. cargo by 28.16 per cent, other liquids by 16.67 per cent, thermal and steam coal by 6.64 per cent and POL by 5.99 per cent.

In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 11.33 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 2 per cent whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 15.64 per cent which is the highest among all the Major Ports.

During April to May 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic, i.e. 19.66 million tonnes (16.91 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 17.43 million tonnes (14.99 per cent share), JNPT with 11.70 million tonnes (10.07 per cent share), Visakhapatnam with 10.60 million tonnes (9.12 per cent share) and Mumbai with 10.16 million tonnes (8.74 per cent share). Together, these five ports handled around 60 per cent of the Major Port traffic.

The commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum, i.e. 29.54 per cent, followed by container (20.36 per cent), thermal and steam coal (16.58 per cent), other misc. cargo (12.63 per cent), coking and other coal (7.70 per cent), iron ore and pellets (6.63 per cent), other liquid (4.20 per cent), finished fertiliser (1.34 per cent) and FRM (1.03 per cent).