NEW DELHI : The total cargo handled at Major Ports was up 5.5 per cent at 113.6 million tonnes (mt) during April-May 2017 over previous corresponding year. The Ministry of Shipping officials said a slew of measures adopted at the ports had yielded positive results.
The Kandla Port handled 18.8 mt cargo, followed by Paradip (16.2 mt) and JNPT (11.2 mt).
Maximum business for the Kandla Port came from petroleum, oil and lubricants or POL (10.49 mt).
Other major commodities that were handled included iron ore, other liquids, coking coal and thermal coal.
Though port-wise performance has been similar to last year, with Kandla Port traffic at 17.44 mt, Paradip at 14.03 mt and JNPT 10.74 mt for April-May 2016, the Ministry of Shipping had earlier said it had initiated measures to improve the performance of the ports.
These include mechanisation of the terminals, improving the TAT (turn-around time), quick evacuation of cargo, expansion of infrastructure and skill development of employees.
For both ports and the railways, coal volumes continue to be a concern since better availability of domestic coal has slowed down imports. There was a decline of 5 per cent in coal volumes at the ports in May 2017.
It was the only commodity that showed a decline. Growth was mainly driven by iron ore which rose 33.3 per cent in the first two months of the current year over last year, while POL grew 6.5 per cent and containers 6.4 per cent.