The Shipping Minister Nitin
Gadkari reviewed the work of all ports in Goa this week. He interacted with stakeholders including PPP
operators, port users and other private sector service providers. In his address Mr Gadkari said that Blue Economy is proving
to be a catalyst in India's progress and the performance of ports is a clear pointer
towards the same.
The review meeting was aimed at serving the industry needs in
a better way, identifying issues holding up new projects and understanding ways
to improve efficiency. The meeting provided a platform to all officials and
stakeholders to communicate with each other and with the Ministry of Shipping,
breaking the conventional tight silo - bound approach and expediting decision
making processes. Promoting
coastal shipping and improving port infrastructure are high up on the
Ministry’s agenda. The Minister recently flagged off
consignment of trucks to Bangladesh from Chennai and Steel from Vizag.
growth at Major Ports
The major ports in India have recorded a
growth of 3.27 per cent during the period April
to September, 2017 and together handled
383 Million Tons of cargo as against 371 Million Tons handled during the
corresponding period of previous year.
The Eight Ports i.e. Kolkata, Paradip,
Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla registered positive
growth in traffic during the period April to October, 2017.
Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:
The highest growth
was registered by Cochin Port (17.66 per cent), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia],
New Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12 per cent. The Cochin Port growth
was mainly due to increase in traffic of POL (24.56 per cent) and Containers
(11.12 per cent). In Kolkata Port, overall growth was positive i.e. 12.39 per
cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 3.80 per cent.
Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 16.66 per cent.
During the period
April to September 2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e.
63.13 Million tonnes (16.49 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 55.78
Million Tonnes (14.57 per cent share), JNPT with 37.90 Million Tonnes (9.90 per
cent share), Mumbai with 36.72 Million Tonnes (9.59 per cent share), and
Visakhapatnam with 35.74 Million Tonnes (9.33 per cent share). Together, these
five ports handled around 60 per cent of Major Port Traffic.
Commodity wise Share
% in Traffic in October 2017
percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 34.07 per cent, followed by Container
(20.01 per cent), Thermal & Steam Coal (12.81 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo
(12.24 per cent), Coking & Other Coal (7.57 per cent), Iron Ore &
Pellets (6.61 per cent), Other Liquid (4.30 per cent), Finished Fertilizer (1.29
per cent) and FRM (1.10 per cent).