India’s 12 major ports witnessed a 4.83 per cent rise in cargo traffic at 461.21 million tonnes (MT) during April-November of the current fiscal, said the government.
These state-run top ports had handled 439.96 MT cargo during the corresponding eight-month period of the last fiscal.
For the period from April- November 2018, Nine Ports Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.
The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (20.15%), followed by Cochin (11.73%), Paradip (9.73%), Kolkata [inc. Haldia] (8.52%) and Deendayal( 7.37%) Kamarajar Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of Container (19.8%), Other Liquids(16.42%), Thermal & Steam Coal (10.71%) and POL (9.24%) .
During the period April to November 2018, Deendayal Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 77.33 Million tonnes (16.77% share), followed by Paradip with 71.30 Million Tonnes (15.46% share), JNPT with 46.40 Million Tonnes (10.06% share), Visakhapatnam with 43.03 Million Tonnes (9.33% share) and Mumbai with 40.32 Million Tonnes (8.74%). Together, these ports handled around 60.36% of Major Port Traffic.
The Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 33.40%, followed by Container (20.71%), Thermal & Steam Coal (15.09%), Other Misc. Cargo (10.64%), Coking & Other Coal (8.13%), Iron Ore & Pellets (5.65%), Other Liquid (4.25%), Finished Fertilizer (1.18%) and Fertilizer Raw Materials (FRM) (0.95%).