Cargo traffic rises 6.3% to 108 MT at major ports in Apr-May
State-run 12 major ports recorded 6.3% growth in cargo handling at 107.52 million tonnes (mt) in April-May 2016 on account of measures like mechanization of the terminals and quick evacuation of cargo.
The ministry said in a statement, “The slew of measures taken by the Ministry of Shipping to improve performance of ports has started to yield positive results. The major ports in India handled 107.52 MT (million tonnes) of cargo during April-May 2016 and showed a positive growth of 6.3%.”
The measures included mechanisation of the terminals, improving the TAT (turn-around time), quick evacuation of cargo, expansion of infrastructure and skill development of employees, it said.
“Out of the 107.52 MT of cargo handled during April-May this year, 55.1 MT was handled in the month of May alone, showing a growth of 3.3%,” it said.
Mormugao Port Trust recorded the highest growth in traffic (105.6%) followed by Paradip Port Trust (15.3%), Vishakhapatnam Port Trust (13.5%), New Mangalore Port Trust (2.8%) and Kandla Port Trust at 2.1%.
The main reason for growth in traffic at Mormugao Port was increase in iron ore traffic which grew to 1.7 MT in May 2016 as against 0.09 MT in the same month a year ago.