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Container handling by major ports up by 7 per cent from Jan-June 2017 compared to last year; container traffic touches 4.5 million TEUs

Container handling an important yardstick to decide the volume of international trade of a country has touched 4.5 million TEUs in eleven state owned major ports during the first half of 2017 according to an international study.

The  Liner weekly in its October 13th newsletter said the container volume handled between January and June this year is seven per cent more than the one handled during the corresponding period previous year (2016). The ports have handled 4.2 million teus during first half of 2016 and just over four million teus in 2015.

Nearly fifty per cent of the container traffic is accounted for by the JNPT port at Nhava Sheva handling near 2.4 million teus during this period.

Chennai Port's two container terminals handled about eight lakh teus  and took the distant second position among the state owned ports. The port remained the leader in container traffic among the major ports in the East Coast.

While Kolkata Port System handled 3,88,000 Teus, the VOC Port in Tuticorin near the land's end had achieved a tally of 3.37 lakh teus,

The contribution of other ports are: Cochin 2,68,000 TEUs, Visakhapatnam 1.89 lakh Teus, New Mangalore Port 51,000 Teus, Kandla 49,000 Teus, Mumbai port 23,000 Teus, Mormugoa 14,000 Teus and Paradip 3000Teus.

The first phase of the Adani's container terminal was declared open by the shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari nearly four months ago. But the terminal is yet to receive container ships.


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