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Major Ports Register Positive Growth of 5.13 per cent

 The Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 5.13 per cent and together handled 288.38 Million Tons of cargo during the period April to August, 2018 as against 274.32 Million Tons handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

For the period from April-August 2018, nine Ports Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.

Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports: The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (17.24 per cent), followed by Deendayal Port (11.16 per cent), Paradip (10.93 per cent), Cochin (10.13 per cent) and Kolkata (9.01 per cent).

Kamarajar Port growth was mainly due to increase in Other Misc. cargo by 24.98 per cent, other liquids by 20.45 per cent, POL by 13.82 per cent and Thermal & Steam Coal by 8.8 per cent.  

In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 9.01 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 6.54 per cent. Whereas Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered a growth of 10.13 per cent. 

During the period April to August 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 48.9 Million tons (16.95 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 44.79 Million tons (15.53 per cent share), followed by JNPT with 28.99 Million Tons (10.05 per cent share), Visakhapatnam with 26.94 Million Tons (9.34 per cent share), Kolkata (Incl. Haldia) with 25.44 Million Tons (8.82 per cent share). Together, these ports handled around 61 per cent of Major Port Traffic. 

Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 33.09 per cent, followed by Container (20.83 per cent), Thermal & Steam Coal (15.36 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo (10.63 per cent), Coking & Other Coal (7.74 per cent), Iron Ore & Pellets (5.77 per cent), Other Liquid (4.41 per cent), Finished Fertilizer (1.27 per cent.  

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