Cargo traffic handled by major ports rose 3.2 percent to 68.06 tons in May: IPA

Cargo traffic handled by the country’s major ports recorded a 3.2 percent annual increase to 68.06 million tonnes (MT) in May this year, according to an official statement Monday. These ports had handled a total of 65.94 million tons in May 2022, it said. In May 2023, the major ports handled a total of 68.06 tons of cargo, up from 65.95 tons in the same period last year, representing a 3.20 percent year-on-year growth, the Indian Ports Association (IPA) said in a statement.

There are 12 major ports: Deendayal (Kandla), Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore (Kamarajar), Tuticorin (VO Chidambaranar), Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port. Of these, eight ports saw an increase in cargo traffic handled by them in the previous month, while the remaining four ports saw a year-on-year decrease in cargo traffic at their facilities in May, the statement said.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SMP) and Kolkata Port (including Haldia) recorded the maximum cargo growth in May at 10.01 percent yoy, followed by Visakhapatnam Port at 9.61 percent, Mormugao Port at 9.43 percent and the Port Paradip with 7.77 percent cents, IPA said. In addition, Paradip Port at 7.77 percent, JNPA at 7.13 percent, Cochin Port at 6.86 percent, New Mangalore Port at 3.88 percent and Mumbai Port at 0.77 percent also recorded in May 2023 year-on-year a positive growth.

On the other hand, the negative growth was seen in the ports of Kamarajar, Deendayal, Chennai and VO Chidambaranar, with cargo traffic in Kamarajar registering the highest decline of 8.75 percent in the reporting month compared to May 2022, according to the IPA.

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