GANDHIDHAM: Kandla Port Trust crossed 105 MMT mark in cargo handling till 0700 hrs. on 31st March, 2017, achieving an increase of over 5% as compared to last year in spite of sluggish trend. Kandla Port Trust crossed the 100 million MT mark for the second consecutive year and is the only major port of the Country to have achieved this feat.
Keeping in view the present rate of cargo handling at the port, it is expected to handle around 105.40 MMT by the end of this fiscal. The break up of the cargo at Kandla & Vadinar would be Dry cargo - Kandla : 35.40 M.M.T., Liquid cargo - Kandla : 13.00 M.M.T., Liquids at Vadinar : 57.00 M.M.T.
The positive trend was witnessed in Coal, Salt and Agri. product cargoes, whereas there was a drop in Finished fertilizers, Steel and Timber logs. There was also increase in volumes of Crude oil & POL, however there was a drop in handling of Edible oil.
The new cargoes that the port handled during this fiscal year include : Boulder stone, Dolomite, Yellow peas & Stone chips. In addition, Kandla Port Trust handled Cars & Trucks through Ro-Ro vessels. Approximately 13500 vehicles were handled during the year.