MANGALORE: The State owned New Mangalore Port handled 19.54 million tonnes of cargo in the first half of the current financial year 2017-18, as against 17.49 million tonnes in the corresponding period of last year,
The traffic went up by 11.72 per cent over the corresponding period last year a port release said attributing the growth to increased handling of coal, iron ore for KIOCL, LPG, cement, etc.
The Port also achieved 14.76 per cent growth in container traffic during the first half of the current financial year 2017-18, at 50,696 TEUs, as against 44,176 TEUs during the same period previous year.
Given this trend, it is estimated that the Port will cross the 40-million tonne throughput mark by the end of the current financial year.
The Port Chairman in charge Suresh P. Shirwadkar appreciated the sincere support and cooperation extended by the port users, officers, staff, workers, trade union leaders, Trustees for the overall development of New Mangalore Port and appealed for their continued backing so as to achieve more laurels, the release said.