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Gujarat private ports record 16% traffic growth in April-October

Private ports in Gujarat have reported a healthy growth of 16 per cent in cargo handling for the first seven months (April-October 2018) of the fiscal. At 113 million tonnes of cargo handling for the period, the share of private ports in the overall cargo handling at all non-major ports in the State stood at 50 per cent. 

A Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) – the state port regulator data revealed that for the month of October 2018, Adani Group-controlled Mundra Port handled 74.4 million tonnes, up 13 per cent on year-on-year basis, while Dahej Port and Pipavav Port witnessed growth of 22 per cent and 21 per cent respectively at 18.9 MT and 5.8 MT of cargo handling for the month respectively. 

Overall the GMB ports (non-major ports) handled around 226 MT of traffic for the period under review as compared to 208 MT during the same period last year. In the year 2017-18, the private ports’ share in overall traffic at non-major ports was about 47 per cent with 97.2 MT of crago handling. 

The major commodities handled at GMB ports included crude oil, coal, containers and LNG. 

 Notably, the only major port located in the State Deendayal Port Trust (DPT) at Kandla in Kutch registered 8.46 per cent growth for the period April-October 2018 at 68,471 tonnes (provisional). DPT, however, remained the largest port among the major ports in cargo handling. 

Private ports have always been doing well generally and their efficiency has been attributed to trade-friendliness, lesser turnaround time leading to lesser costs.



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