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Container traffic up as Major Ports register marginal increase in volume for the first 9 months 


According to Indian Ports Association (IPA) data, the 12 Major Ports recorded a marginal 0.98 per cent growth in cargo volumes at 524.02 million tonnes (mt) during the April-December period of the current fiscal in comparison to the 518.93 mt  handled during the corresponding period of the last fiscal. 


While the handling of iron ore saw a 32.01 per cent jump to 39.36 mt during the period, thermal coal shipments declined by 17.08 per cent to 65.97 mt. Handling of coking and other coal rose by 1.51 per cent to 42.39 mt during the nine months as compared to 41.76 mt in the corresponding period last fiscal. Finished fertiliser volumes jumped 20.17 per cent but raw fertiliser volumes remained stagnant. Containers recorded a growth of 2.71 per cent in terms of TEUs, said a report.


Overall, Deendayal Port handled the highest traffic volume at 92.41 mt during the April-December period, followed by Paradip at 83.61 mt, Visakhapatnam at 53.53 mt, JNPT at 50.72 mt, Kolkata (including Haldia) at 47.09 mt and Mumbai at 46.16 mt. Chennai Port handled 35.83 mt of cargo, while New Mangalore handled 27.60 mt, the report added.

 

 

Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Jan. 13

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