Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.24 per cent and together handled 326.4 million tonnes of cargo during April to September this year, as against 316.1 million tonnes during the corresponding period last year.

Seven ports — Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JN Port — registered positive growth in traffic during the period.

Cochin tops The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (19.62 per cent), followed by Kolkata (Haldia), New Mangalore, and Paradip with growth of about 12 per cent. Cochin Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of petroleum products (27.8 per cent) and containers (10.3 per cent).

In Kolkata Port, overall growth was positive at 11.95 per cent. Kolkata Dock System registered traffic growth of 0.72 per cent. Haldia Dock Complex registered a growth of 17.74 per cent.

Cargo handling During the period April to September 2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic – 53.29 million tonnes (16.33 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 47.61 mt (14.59 per cent share), JNPT with 32.69 mt (10.02 per cent share), Mumbai with 31.23 mt (9.57 per cent share), and Visakhapatnam with 30.15 mt (9.24 per cent share). Together, these five ports handled around 60 per cent of major port traffic.

Commodity-wise, the percentage share of petroleum products was maximum – 34.01 per cent, followed by container (20.22 per cent), thermal and steam coal (12.66 per cent), other miscellaneous cargo (12.17 per cent), coking and other coal (7.6 per cent), iron ore and pellets (6.65 per cent), other liquid (4.35 per cent), finished fertiliser (1.24 per cent).