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Major Ports register positive growth of 3.46 per cent during April-November, 2017; Nitin Gadkari says India making its presence felt on the global maritime map

Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.46 per cent and together handled 439.66 Million Tons of cargo during the period April to November, 2017 as against 424.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

For the period from April- November 2017, nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic.

Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:

·        The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.93 per cent), followed by Paradip (13.13 per cent), Kolkata [incl. Haldia] (12.64 per cent), New Mangalore (7.07 per cent) and JNPT (5.69 per cent).

·        Cochin Port growth was mainly due to increase in POL traffic  (25.15 per cent) and Containers (10.46 per cent). There was decrease in traffic of other Liquids (-26.24 per cent), Fertilizer Raw Materials (-23.33 per cent), Finished Fertilizers (-11.76 per cent) and other Misc. Cargo (-1.19 per cent).

·        In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 12.64 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 4.33 per cent. where Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 16.70 per cent.

·        During the period April to November 2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 72.03 Million tonnes (16.38 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 64.97 Million Tonnes (14.78 per cent share), JNPT with 43.26 Million Tonnes (9.84 per cent share), Mumbai with 42.33 Million Tonnes (9.63 per cent share), and Visakhapatnam with 40.95 Million Tonnes (9.31 per cent share). Together, these five ports handled around 60 per cent of Major Port Traffic.

 

·        Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 34.02 per cent, followed by Container (19.89 per cent), Thermal & Steam Coal (13.07 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo (12.37 per cent), Coking & Other Coal (7.47 per cent), Iron Ore & Pellets (6.58 per cent), Other Liquid (4.22%), Finished Fertilizer (1.28 per cent) and FRM (1.10%).

 

The Ministry of Shipping has taken significant strides in the last three years to make India’s presence felt on the global maritime map. Various steps have been taken to provide a robust legislative framework, create capacities, impart skills to people, and create an enabling business environment for growth of the maritime sector in the country.

Recently, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation laid the foundation stone of a Rs 970-crore International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) at Cochin Shipyard Limited, which will make Cochin a global ship repair hub. Giving boost to the maritime sector under Sagarmala, a world class Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is also being set up with campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai, which will provide industry-relevant skill development, equip students with employable engineering and technical skills in the port and maritime sector.

These steps have resulted in India gaining prominence in the global maritime arena. In the recent elections to the IMO Council India secured the second highest number of votes and was re- elected to in Category-B that is states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade. The IMO Council consists of 40 member countries. Mr Gadkari described it as a proud moment for the country. 

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