Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has recorded 18.3% growth in the April-September period of this financial year in total cargo handling. The port’s overall cargo moved up from 36.07 million tonne (mt) to 42.67 mt.
The port outperformed all the major ports barring Mormugao whose cargo surged 61.02% in the period under review. For Paradip port, the cargo volumes were led by iron ore, coking coal and liquid cargo consisting of crude oil, petroleum and lubricants.
Coking coal shipped through Paradip port spiked 18.45% to reach 5.07 mt. Iron ore traffic witnessed a spurt of 66%. The port registered 32% rise in liquid cargo that increased from 9.52 mt to 12.64 mt in the April-September period.
In terms of total cargo volume, Paradip port was only next to Kandla port, which handled 50.38 mt.
The Paradip port handled 778 vessels during April-September compared to 771 vessels in the corresponding period of 2015-16.