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Major Ports register 3.24 pc growth during April-Sept. 2017

Ports are becoming growth catalysts for a new India, says Nitin Gadkari


The Major Ports have recorded a growth of 3.24 per cent and together handled 326.4 million tonnes of cargo during the period April to September 2017 as against 316.1 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, according to a communiqué by the Ministry of Shipping


Seven ports (Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT) registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to September 2017.


Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:


* The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (19.62 per cent), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia], New Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12 per cent


* Cochin Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of POL (27.8 per cent) and containers (10.3 per cent).


* In Kolkata Port, overall growth was positive, i.e. 11.95 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 0.72 per cent. Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered a positive growth of 17.74 per cent.


* During the period April to September 2017, Deendayal Port handled the highest volume of traffic, i.e. 53.29 million tonnes (16.33 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 47.61 million tonnes (14.59 per cent share), JNPT with 32.69 million tonnes (10.02 per cent share), Mumbai with 31.23 million tonnes (9.57 per cent share), and Visakhapatnam with 30.15 million tonnes (9.24 per cent share). Together, these five ports handled around 60 per cent of Major Port traffic.


* Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum, i.e. 34.01 per cent, followed by containers (20.22 per cent), thermal and steam coal (12.66 per cent), other misc. cargo (12.17 per cent), coking and other coal (7.6 per cent), iron ore and pellets (6.65 per cent), other liquid (4.35 per cent), finished fertiliser (1.24 per cent) and FRM (1.11 per cent).


"Growing ports are becoming catalysts for shaping the Prime Minister’s vision of a New India. The government is committed towards inclusive development to generate continuous growth and prosperity. Timely delivery of projects will help give the much needed boost to economy", said Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, who recently inaugurated various projects across India. These include dry port at Wardha and infra projects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, under the Sagarmala programme that aims to save logistics costs and pave the way for port-led-development, the release said.


Source: Exim News Service - New Delhi, Oct. 11


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