Port of Paradip will handle record cargo of over 135 million tonnes in 2022-23

The Port of Paradip handled its highest-ever annual cargo in 2022-2023, at 135.36 million tons, up from 116.13 million tons in the previous fiscal year, a growth of 16.56 percent. The growth in cargo handling achieved by Paradip Port is the highest among any port in the country, Paradip Port Trust chairman PL Haranadh said here on Sunday.

He said the port had seen its highest-ever coastal shipping traffic of 58.42 million tonnes, up 38 percent from a year earlier. Thermal coal coastal shipping has grown by 14 tons compared to last year’s cargo throughput and is becoming a hub for coastal shipping in the country.

The port increased its berth productivity to 31,050 tons from 27,295 tons in the previous year, a growth of 13.76 percent. The berth productivity achieved by the port is the highest among all ports in the country.

With a rated capacity of 289 million tons, Paradip Port is poised to surpass 300 million tons in another three years with the commissioning of the West Port project. The western port project with a capacity of 25 million tons was awarded to JSPL in 2022-23.

PPT, which has mechanized 80 percent of its berths, plans to become 100 percent mechanized by 2030. There are plans to add another four berths, for which the necessary permits will be obtained. It is planned to improve connectivity by commissioning two road flyovers within the PPT site at a cost of Rs 150 crore to avoid the crossing of rail and road traffic on the surface.

This will allow the port to handle road traffic smoothly, he added. As part of its port-led industrialization initiatives, the port has allocated 769 acres of land to various industries, which will attract more than 8,700 crore in investment and thus attract 50 million tons of traffic to the port.

PPT has also planned to develop a 10MW solar power plant to fully power the port’s operations with renewable energy.

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