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
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.