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
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
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
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.
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.