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VOC Port achieves 31 pc cargo handling growth in Aug. 2019


V.O. Chidambaranar Port has registered an impressive growth of 30.93 per cent by handling 34.29 lakh tonnes of cargo during August 2019 in comparison with August 2018, says a release. 


Moreover, in the current financial year up to August 2019, the port handled 15.15 million tonnes, up 7.29 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year, which has ultimately placed it in the third position in terms of growth among the Major Ports.
The major commodities that have contributed to increased volumes through import are industrial coal, containers, fertilisers, rock phosphate, sulphuric acid, palm oil and timber. The notable commodities that have shown increased export volumes are copper concentrate, machinery and granite.


As regards container handling, Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminal and PSA SICAL Container Terminal together handled a record monthly volume of 80,474 TEUs in August 2019, registering an impressive growth of 27.20 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year. Dakshin Bharat terminal handled its highest ever monthly throughput of 64,569 TEUs in August 2019, surpassing the 57,180 TEUs handled in July 2019. 


In the financial year ending August 2019, the port handled 3,53,306 TEUs with a growth of 13.16 per cent, facilitated by increasing number of services at the terminals, impressive performance parameters, seamless congestion-free road connectivity from the hinterland, and busy activities of the container freight stations and Custom House Agents.   


Mr T. K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, congratulated the stakeholders on the noteworthy performance and said, “Our record-breaking operational performance is gratifying, and it reflects the results of our relentless commitment towards accommodating growing requirements from our customers. The record container volume handled and active terminal utilisation has mandated the port to transform VOC Port as a transhipment hub of the Indian East Coast in phases,” as per the release. 

 

Source : Exim News Service - Tuticorin, Sept. 10

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