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Major Ports register positive growth of 3.64 per cent during April-Dec, 2017

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.64 per cent and together handled 499.41 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to December, 2017 as against 481.87 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

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

Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:

·        The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.27 per cent), followed by Paradip (14.59 percent), Kolkata [incl. Haldia] (12.45 per cent), New Mangalore (6.60 per cent) and JNPT (5.94 per cent).

·        Cochin Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of POL (24.10 per cent) and Containers (10.79 per cent) There was decrease in traffic of other Liquids (-23.16 per cent), Fertilizer Raw Materials (-20.00 per cent), Finished Fertilizers (-11.76 per cent) and other Misc. Cargo (-6.21 per cent).

·        In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 12.45 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 1.92 per cent Whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 17.67 per cent which is highest among all the Major Ports.

·        During the period April to December 2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 81.12 Million tonnes (16.24 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 74.40 Million Tonnes (14.90 per cent share), JNPT with 48.89 Million Tonnes (9.79 per cent share), Mumbai with 47.53 Million Tonnes (9.52 per cent share), and Visakhapatnam with 46.56 Million Tonnes (9.32 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. 33.90 per cent, followed by Container (19.84 per cent), Thermal & Steam Coal (13.35 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo (12.19 per cent), Coking & Other Coal (7.56per cent) Iron Ore & Pellets (6.70 per cent), Other Liquid (4.18 per cent), Finished Fertilizer (1.20 per cent) and FRM (1.08 per cent).

Along with focused efforts to improve operational efficiency of ports and increase traffic at ports, Shipping Ministry is making steady strides towards utilizing the country’s river system & inland waterways as economically viable and environment friendly mode of transport.

Opening a new world for business & employment opportunities in North-East through inland waterways, recently, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping flagged off regular cargo movement on Brahmaputra (NW2) from Pandu Port to Dhubri in Assam.  Focused efforts are been made to connect North-East region to Kolkata, Haldia, Mongla and Chittagong ports, provide efficient logistics in North-East region and set up Ro-Ro off services across river banks

The Shipping Ministry is all geared up to create an enabling environment for growth of seaplane led air connectivity and leverage water bodies in country.  After witnessing the Seaplane trial in Mumbai recently, the Minister has requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to prepare a regulatory framework for seaplanes, keeping in mind all safety aspects.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).  The Rs 5,369 Crore project, which is expected to be completed by March 2023, will bring down the logistic cost in the country and lead to major infrastructure development like multi-modal and inter-modal terminals, roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) facilities, ferry services, and navigation aids. The JMVP will create an alternative mode of transport that will be "environment friendly and cost effective" and will give boost to economy & trade, generate huge business & employment opportunities thus converting Ganga into the economic lifeline of people in states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal.


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