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Cargo traffic handled by major ports increases by 13.45 million tonnes: PIB

Cargo traffic at India's 12 major ports stood at 447.05 million tonnes during the period between April-December 2015 as compared with 433.5 million tonnes handled during April-December 2014.

twitter-logo Niti Kiran        Last Updated: January 15, 2016  | 17:09 IST
Cargo traffic at major ports increases by 13.45 mn tonnes
Cargo traffic at India's 12 major ports stood at 447.05 million tonnes during the period between April-December 2015 as compared with 433.5 million tonnes handled during April-December 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Buoyed by the levels and changes of demand both in the domestic and global activity, cargo traffic at India's 12 major ports witnessed an increase of 13.45 million tonnes during the period of April-December-2015 as compared to last year, according to a PIB report.

Cargo traffic at India's 12 major ports stood at 447.05 million tonnes during the period between April-December 2015 as compared with 433.5 million tonnes handled during April-December 2014. During the past three quarters of 2015/16, cargo traffic handled at India's major ports recorded growth of 4.3 per cent in the first quarter (April-June), 3.8 per cent in the second quarter (July-September) and 1.4 per cent in the third quarter (October- December).

Volume of sea-borne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both global and domestic activity. The growth for the first three quarters of 2015/16 stood at 3.2 per cent.

During the first nine months of 2015/16, Murmugao port recorded the highest growth in traffic at 35.3 per cent followed by Chidambaranar (19.3 per cent), HDC (13.8 per cent), KDS (12.5 per cent), Paradip Port (5.2 per cent), Kandla Port (4.3 per cent), Cochin Port (3.1 per cent), Kamarajar Port (1.5 per cent), Mumbai Port (0.5 per cent) and JNPT Port at 0.3 per cent.

Three ports witnessed negative growth namely New Mangalore Port (6.7 per cent), Chennai Port (5.9 per cent) and Visakhapatnam Port (3.5 per cent) respectively during the same period.

Amongst the major ports, Kandla Port handled the maximum cargo of 73.87 million tonnes, followed by Paradip Port (55.13 MT), JNPT (48.23 MT), Mumbai Port (46.39 MT), Vishakhapatnam (42.24 MT), Chennai Port (37.41 MT), Chidambaranar (27.80 MT), NMPT (25.29 MT), HDC (24.90 MT), Kamarajar (22.96 MT), Cochin Port (16.49 MT), Murmugao (13.89 MT) and KDS (12.39 MT) during the first three quarters of 2015-16.

At a broad commodity level recorded during the first three quarters of 2015-16, coal, fertilizer, other cargo, petroleum, oil & lubricants (POL) and container posted growth of 9.4 per  cent, 5.8 per cent, 4.7 per cent, 2.9 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively. The traffic in iron ore showed negative growth of 37.9 per cent during the same period.

 

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