The group of 9 major port in India – Kolkata, Paradip, Vizag, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla – recorded a cargo throughput growth rate of 3.46% in the period April-November this year, handling 439 million tonnes of cargo in total.
All of the ports recorded positive growth figures. The highest rate of increase however was achieved by Cochin, where throughput was up by 18% compared with the equivalent months of 2016. Paradip, where traffic rose by 13%, and Kolkata, which recorded a 12.6% uplift, were also high performers.
Kandla Port handled the most cargo, 72.03 million tonnes, in this period, followed by Paradip, with 64.97 million tonnes, and JNPT with 43 million tonnes. Containerised cargo flows increased strongly across the 9 major ports group, and now account for almost 20% of total cargo traffic. The country’s biggest container gateway, JNPT, achieved a 5.7% increase in box throughput in the 8 month period.