Among the five major ports on the east coast Paradip Port topped the list with 28.65 million tonnes of cargo for the first four months, followed by Chennai Port 17.42 million tonnes, V.O.C Port 13.07 million tonnes, Krishnapatnam Port 11.57 million tonnes and Kamarajar Port close to 9 million tonnes.
The five ports have collectively handled about 80 million tonnes of cargo during the first four months of the current fiscal year, fuelled by imports of coal and petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) products.
Paradip Port handled a record throughput of 8.06 MMT in a single month – July 2016 – surpassing the earlier highest record handling of 7.61 MMT cargo in the month of March 2016.
The major growth of cargo came in the month of July 2016 with addition of 8 lakh tonnes of POL, 6 lakh tonnes of imported coking coal and 6 lakh tonnes of other cargo like imported lime stone, Dolomite etc.
The Paradip Port Authority has taken necessary steps in recent months not only for the port customers to do “Business with Ease” as per the initiatives of the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India, but its efforts have taken the port in achieving many records in the history of the port.