Major Ports mark positive growth of 5.13% from April to August, 2018

Major Ports register positive growth of 5.13%

Major Ports mark positive growth of 5.13% from April to August, 2018

September 7, 2018: The Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 5.13 percent and together handled 288.38 million tonnes of cargo during the period April to August, 2018 as against 274.32 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

For the period from April-August 2018, nine ports Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.

The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (17.24 percent), followed by Deendayal Port (11.16 percent), Paradip (10.93 percent), Cochin (10.13 percent) and Kolkata (9.01 percent).

Kamarajar Port growth was mainly due to increase in other miscellaneous cargo by 24.98 percent, other liquids by 20.45 percent, POL by 13.82 percent and thermal & steam coal by 8.8 percent.

In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 9.01 percent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 6.54 percent. Whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered a growth of 10.13 percent.

During the period April to August 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 48.9 million tonnes (16.95 percent share), followed by Paradip with 44.79 million tonnes (15.53 percent share), followed by JNPT with 28.99 million tonnes (10.05 percent share), Visakhapatnam with 26.94 million tonnes (9.34 percent share), Kolkata (Incl. Haldia) with 25.44 million tonnes (8.82 percent share). Together, these ports handled around 61 percent of major port traffic.

Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 33.09 percent, followed by container (20.83 percent), thermal & steam coal (15.36 percent), other miscellaneous cargo (10.63 percent), coking & other coal (7.74 percent), iron ore & pellets (5.77 percent), other liquid (4.41 percent), finished fertilizer (1.27 percent) and FRM (0.9 percent).