The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.77% and together handled 518.6 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to December 2018 as against 499.7 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- December 2018, Nine Ports Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.
Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:
The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (18.38%), followed by Cochin (8.92%), Kolkata [inc. Haldia] (8.74%) Paradip (8.11%), and JNPT(7.39%).
Kamarajar Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of Container (41.20%), Other Misc. Cargo (46.66%), POL(9.53%) Thermal & Steam Coal (8.75%) and Other Liquids (7.5%).
In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 8.74%. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 0.42%. Whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered a growth of 12.42%.
During the period April to December 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 84.91 Million tonnes (16.37% share), followed by Paradip with 80.43 Million Tonnes (15.51% share), JNPT with 52.53 Million Tonnes (10.13% share), Visakhapatnam with 49.28 Million Tonnes (9.5% share) and Kolkata (inc. Haldia) with 45.82 Millon Tonnes (8.83% share). Together, these ports handled around 60% of Major Port Traffic.
Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 33.20%, followed by Container (20.8%), Thermal & Steam Coal (15.09%), Other Misc. Cargo (10.48%), Coking & Other Coal (8.27%), Iron Ore & Pellets (5.75%), Other Liquid (4.23%), Finished Fertilizer (1.23%) and FRM (0.94%).