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Essar Port expects to handle 60 MT cargo by March 2020

August 22, 2019: Essar Ports has declared that the higher capacity utilisation at its recently commissioned terminals at Salaya and Vizag, and an increase in third-party cargo were the two key factors that will help it to achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes (MT) of cargo by March 31, 2020.

All Essar terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel and power.
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All Essar terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel and power.

August 22, 2019: Essar Ports has declared that the higher capacity utilisation at its recently commissioned terminals at Salaya and Vizag, and an increase in third-party cargo were the two key factors that will help it to achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes (MT) of cargo by March 31, 2020.

The company’s first quarter cargo handling performance has been very strong and brought it closer to achieving its target throughput by the end of the current financial year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, Essar Ports reported an impressive 17.4 percent growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period last year.

All Essar terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel and power.

TerminalCargo types handledQ1FY20 (in MT)Q1FY19 (in MT)Growth (%)
HaziraBulk cargo (iron ore, limestone, etc.) and break bulk (finished steel)7.06.82.9
ParadipDry bulk (Iron ore, iron ore pellets)2.02.00
VizagDry bulk (iron ore, fines, etc.)3.22.245.5
SalayaDry bulk (thermal coal, pet coke, bauxite)1.30.5160
Overall__13.511.517.4

“Our business is on a record growth trajectory with all terminals operating in full swing. A significant boost in third-party business and enhanced capacity utilisation of our anchor customers has been the key driver for the growth in volumes. We have consistently surpassed the average sectorial growth rate and are confident of achieving our target by March 2020,” said Rajiv Agarwal, MD & CEO, Essar Ports.

Essar Ports is one of India’s largest private sector port and terminal developers and operators. It has invested Rs 11,000 crore in developing world-class terminals in three Indian states. Its current operations span four terminals with a combined capacity of 110 MTPA, which is roughly 5 percent of India’s port capacity.

All Essar Ports terminals use advanced cargo handling infrastructure and are equipped to double capacity in the near to medium-term. It is focused on not only enhancing cargo throughput, but also on ramping up capacity and contributing meaningfully to the government of India’s ambitious target of developing 3,130 MT of port capacity in the country by 2020.

Outside India, Essar’s port assets include a liquid terminal in the UK and a coal terminal which is in the development stage at Mozambique’s Beira port.

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