The volume of cargo moving through India’s 12 major ports was 5.65% higher in April 2019 than it was in the equivalent month of 2018. The combined throughput was 60.07 million tonnes, up from 56.86 million tonnes in April 2018, the Indian Ports Association has announced.
The fastest growing port in this period was Deendayal (Kandla) Port, which achieved a 21. 2% growth, followed by Cochin, where throughput was up by 17.74% and Paradip, which handled 17.19% more than a year earlier.
There were some, losers, however during the month under review. Traffic at Mormugao port slumped by over 36% compared to April 2018, while New Mangalore and Chennai saw a fall of 8.31% and 6.73% respectively.
Coal volumes moving through the 12 ports achieved a strong double-digit increase, with coking coal shipments up by over 30% and thermal coal by 12.65%. In addition, container volumes were up by around 6.7% in teu terms. JNPT port handled well over half of the country’s container traffic, accounting for 448,000 teu of the 861,000 teu recorded during the month of April 3.7 % up on the same month of 2018.