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Major Ports' cargo traffic surge 3% in Apr-Oct FY18

 India’s 12 major ports have registered a surge of 3.26 percent in cargo traffic to 382.91 million tonnes (MT) from April-October in the current fiscal, as against 370.81 MT of cargo during the same period last year.

As per data from the Indian Ports Association (IPA), the growth in cargo traffic was mainly on the back of higher handling of products like iron ore and POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) besides containers. 

The centre controlled ports marked a 17.97 percent growth in handling of iron ore traffic to 25.30 MT, while both POL and containers registered a growth of over 6 percent each. 

The highest traffic volume of 63.13 MT was handled by Kandla Port followed by Paradip Port 55.78 MT, JNPT 37.90 MT, Mumbai Port 36.72 MT and Visakhapatnam 35.74 MT. Kolkata Port, including Haldia, handled 32.13 MT of cargo, while Chennai Port handled 30.48 MT.

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