New Mangalore Port traffic up 6%

A.J. Vinayak Mangalore | Updated on October 06, 2011

New Mangalore Port Trust

The growth in the handling of crude oil and petroleum products, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), coal and containers have contributed to a 5.65-per cent growth in the traffic of New Mangalore Port (NMP) for the first six months of the current financial year.

The port handled 16.04 million tonnes of cargo from April to September of 201-12 as against 15.18 million tonnes in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

Mr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust, told Business Line that the port recorded growth in the handling of LPG, crude oil and petroleum products during the first six months of the current financial year.

Handling of crude oil — a major import commodity at the port — recorded a growth of 15.96 per cent during the period. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), one of the main users of the port, imported 6.71 million tonnes (5.79 million tonnes) of crude oil during the period.

Though the port handled export cargo of around 8.38 lakh tonnes of iron ore during the last fiscal, it came down to mere 49,000 tonnes during the current fiscal.

Handling of iron ore fines at the port came to a standstill in July 2010, following ban on its mining and movement in Karnataka.

The port handled 1.71 million tonnes (1.30 million tonnes) of coal during the period, recording a growth of 31.68 per cent.

Mr Tamilvanan said, container traffic has also contributed for the growth of traffic at the port.

Published on October 06, 2011

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