New Mangalore Port cargo handling down 11 per cent

  • Drop due to Mangalore Refinery shut down and monsoon impact

The New Mangalore Port witnessed a decline of 11.49 per cent in cargo handling in the first six months of 2019-20. The port handled 17.86 million tonnes (mt) of cargo in the first half as against 20.18 mt in the corresponding period of 2018-19.

Replying to a query on the performance of the port, on the sidelines of ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) on Tuesday, AV Ramana, Chairman of NMPT, attributed this decline to factors such as the shutdown of MRPL (Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd) refinery units for some days during the period.

He said water scarcity in Mangaluru had forced MRPL to shut-down some units in the refinery complex.

The refinery was also shut-down during monsoon as there was landslide in its premises. He said the cargo handling has come down by around 11 per cent due to a drop in crude intake by MRPL.