12 major ports recorded 3.64 per cent during Apr-Dec to 499 MT

Vastavam web: The country’s 12 major ports recorded a 3.64 per cent growth in cargo traffic during April-December 2017 at 499.41 million tonnes (MT), as per official data.Eight major ports — Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Kandla — registered positive growth in traffic during the period.The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.27 per cent), followed by Paradip (14.59 per cent), Kolkata (12.45 per cent), New Mangalore (6.60 per cent) and JNPT (5.94 per cent).

Cochin Port growth was mainly due to increase in traffic of petroleum, oil and lubricants (24.10 per cent) and containers (10.79 per cent), the ministry said.During April to December 2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic at 81.12 MT, followed by Paradip (74.40 MT), JNPT (48.89 MT), Mumbai (47.53 MT), and Visakhapatnam (46.56 MT). Together, these five ports handled around 60 per cent of the major port traffic.