The Hindu Business Line

Containers handled at major ports up 8% at 9.9 million TEUs in FY19

- P. MANOJ

India’s 12 State-owned ports loaded 9.876 million TEUs (20foot equivalent units) in FY19, 8.08 per cent more than in the previous year. In FY18, they handled 9.138 million TEUs.

Containers handled at major ports are expected to cross the 10-million TEU mark this fiscal.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s biggest container port, retained the pole position among major ports in container handling. It ended the year with a volume of 5.133 million TEU against 4.833 million TEUs in FY18.

JNPT is followed by Chennai Port Trustat1.620 million TEUs (1.549 million TEUs in FY18).

Kolkata Port Trust held the third spot with 830,000 TEUs The total cargo handled by the 12 ports rose 2.9 per cent (File photo)

in FY19 compated to 796,000 TEUs in FY18.

The total cargo, including containers handled by the 12 ports, rose 2.9 per cent to 699.048 million tonnes (mt) in FY19 from 679.371 mt in FY18.

The largest jump in commoditie­s was in coking coal shipments (used in steel-making), which rose 14.25 per cent

during FY19 to reach 57.508 mt, against 50.337 mt a year ago .

Thermal and steam coal shipments (used by power plants) rose 9 per cent during the year to 103.843 mt compated to 95.266 mt in the previous year .

Petroleum, oil and lubricant, including crude oil, products and LPG/LNG shipments grew 2.52 per cent to 232.378 mt . Iron ore shipments registered a a drop of 16.18 per cent to 40.685 mt from 48.541 mt in FY18.

Shipments of raw fertiliser cargo declined by 7.21 per cent to 6.987 mt from 7.530 mt, while that of finished fertiliser­s jumped 9.69 per cent to 8.256 mt from 7.527 mt, the Shipping Ministry said.

Cargo handling

Deendayal Port Trust (formerly Kandla Port Trust) retained the top slot in overall cargo-handling(115.402 mt). It was followed by Paradip Port Trust with 109.275 mt. JNPT came third at 70.706 mt.

Cargo handled at Mormugao Port Trust fell by 34.26 per cent – the biggest drop among 12 ports – to 17.682 mt.

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