REPORT 07/NOV/2014: Barring New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) and Haldia Dock Complex, all the major seaports in the country registered a positive growth in traffic volume from April to October 2014. The country as a whole recorded a 24% dip in iron ore volume and 2.77% in coking coal. There was no change in petroleum, oil and lubricant traffic at 109.85 million tonnes (MT). Major gainers were raw fertilizers and other cargoes. Compared with the previous years volume, 12 major ports handled 336.04 MT of cargoes against 321.13 MT in the previous year, marking an increase of 4.64%.
Mormugao Port led the pack with 20.46 per cent growth, followed by Kamarajar Port (16.08%). The remaining ports posted growth in single-digit. Kandla Port handled 54.70 MT of cargo, followed by Paradip (41.40 MT), JNPT (37.52 MT), Mumbai (35.28 MT) and Visakhapatnam (34.27 MT).
New Mangalore and Haldia Dock volumes came down due to a dip in POL and iron ore. Chennai Port handled huge volume of iron ore, fertilizers, break bulk and containers. But it fell short of previous years volume in POL, thus leading to a marginal growth of 2.84% over the corresponding period last year.