Cargo volume of 12 major Indian ports were scarcely up by 0.34% at 463.07 million tonnes (MT) during April-November as compared to 461.48 million tonnes in the same period of the last fiscal, reported Indian Ports Association (IPA).
The major ports with marginal growth were Deendayal, Mumbai, JNPT, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar, VO Chidambaranar, Vishakhapatnam, Pradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).
According to the data revealed, iron ore handling saw a 30.24% jump to 33.95 MT while the thermal coal shipment reported a decline by 17.82% to 58.17 MT.
However, the handling of coking and other coal rose by 1.95% to 37.17 MT during the eight months as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal.
During April-November of the previous fiscal, the 12 ports handled 26.07 MT of iron ore and 70.79 MT of coal.
The volume of finished fertilisers had jumped by 24.08% while the volume of raw fertiliser showed a decline of 3.12%.
Also, the containers recorded a growth of 3.36% in terms of TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). The data also revealed that Deendayal Port handled the traffic volume of 82.20 MT, the highest in the fiscal year followed by Paradip at 73.25 MT, Visakhapatnam at 47.05 MT, JNPT at 44.93 MT, Kolkata (including Haldia) at 41.25 MT and Mumbai at 40.88 MT.
The Chennai port handled 32.14 MT of cargo, while New Mangalore handled 24.17 MT.
The major ports of India showed positive growth trend as the key 9 ports of the country have handled 3.11% more traffic during April to January in 2019 as compared to its corresponding period of the previous year.