The State Owned ports of Chennai and VOC Port Tuticorin continued to lead
the race in container traffic among the ports in Southern India though the
traffic is nowhere near one generated in the West Coast Ports.
Chennai Port's two container terminals along with the ones in Tuticorin
have cornered nearly 53 per cent of the Market share in Container traffic among
the ports in Southern India during August this year according to information
available in the Shipping Industry.
During this month, the PSA terminal in Chennai Port handled 74,963 Teus
cornering a market share of 21 per cent. DP World Terminal in Chennai port
followed closely with a tally of 58,889 Teus with a market share of 16 per
The third and fourth positions were taken by DP World Cochin and PSA
Among the state owned ports in the Southern Region Visakhapatnam Port
lagged behind with the VCTPL Terminal handling around 31,000 Teus.
Among the private port Adanis's Kattupalli Port near Chennai has handled
43,774 Teus with Krishnapatnam Port closely following suit with 39,712 teus
including transshipment operations in August this year. Their combined market share
is as high as 23 per cent though both the Ports came into existence a few years
While Karaikal Port did not open the account in Container traffic during
this period, Kakinada Port fared badly handling 874 Teus. The Dakshin Bharat
terminal in Tuticorin port handled around 15,000 Teus.
The first phase of the Container Terminal of Adanis in the Kamarajar Port
Ennore was commissioned by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari two months ago. No
container vessel has been handled in that terminal as on date.
Krishnapatnam Port leads the Transshipment Operations handling as many as
18,730 teus during August. The Port had commenced the transshipment operations
since late last year by handling traffic of Haldia and other ports taking
advantage of its location.
Unlike the Ports in the East Coast, the West Coast Ports of Kandla and JNPT
enjoy a deep hinterland covering the entire Northern and Western states.
Besides they are also close to Ports in the Gulf Region which generate massive
traffic in Petroleum sector.