Cargo Traffic handled by Major Ports increases by 13.45 Million Tonnes

Cargo Traffic handled by Major Ports increases by 13.45 Million Tonnes 

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

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 last three quarters of 2015-16, cargo traffic handled at India’s major ports recorded growth of 4.3% in the first quarter (April-June), 3.8% in the second quarter (July-September) and 1.4% in the third quarter (October- December). Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both the global and domestic activity. The growth for the first three quarters of 2015-16 stood at 3.2 %.

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

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

Amongst the major ports, Kandla Port handled the maximum cargo of 73.87 million tones, 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.

Commodity-wise growth of cargo traffic at major ports 

At a broad commodity level recorded during the first three quarters of 2015-16, Coal, Fertilizer/FRM, Other Cargo, POL and Container posted growth of 9.4%, 5.8 % 4.7%, 2.9% and 1.5 % respectively. The traffic in Iron ore showed negative growth of 37.9 % during the same period. 

Mumbai Port gets its Second Chemical Berth 
Minister for Shipping and Road Transport &Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the second chemical berth of Mumbai Port at Pir Pau yesterday. This berth is situated about 3.2 Km away from the shore in deep waters close to the main harbour channel.

Built at a cost of 130 crores, this berth is laced with modern handling facilities with separate loading arms for LPG and other chemicals. The new berth will have faster discharge rates upto 1000 T/ hour. The berth is equipped with latest safety standards like modern fire-fighting equipment in compliance with the OSID guidelines. The cargo at this berth can be evacuated through pipelines to the storage areas at shore.

The new chemical berth has a draft of 12.80 meters and can handle large ships. It will add a capacity of 2.5 million tonnes to the already existing capacity of 2 million tonnes at Mumbai Port. It will also help in faster turnaround time for the ships and due to its draft it can handle large parcel size upto 72,000 DT.

Mumbai Port is the premier port of India handling over 11% of the total seaborne trade of the country, over 16% of the country’s general cargo traffic and & 19% of POL and chemical cargo. For this bulk liquid cargo, special facilities are provided, which include separate berths at Pir Pau for handling chemicals and other specialized grades of POL products like LPG. To meet the growing demand of chemical and POL cargo, the port in 1996 commissioned its first chemical berth having a deeper draft and equipped with modern facilities. The second chemical berth is constructed to meet the ever increasing demand of chemicals and POL including LPG. Capacity addition at ports has been a priority for Ministry of Shipping. The second chemical berth at Mumbai Port is a step forward in that endeavor. 

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