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