New Delhi: The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) handled 5.70 million tonnes of cargo in the month of November this year compared to 4.89 MT during the corresponding month of the previous year, which is 16.59 per cent higher, and also 9.20 per cent higher over the target fixed for the period.
The PPT handled 44.44 MT of cargo till the end of November this year compared to 35.47 MT in the corresponding period of the previous year, which is 25.29 per cent higher. During the period, 17.46 MT of cargo was exported and 26.98 MT was imported through the port. There was an impressive 79-per cent growth in export cargo during the period compared to the same period of last year. During this period in the current financial year up to November, iron ore traffic registered a growth of 191.96 per cent, fertiliser traffic increased by 147.06 per cent and thermal coal traffic by 25.41 per cent. Similarly, coking coal traffic increased by 43.09 per cent, POL traffic by 10.26 per cent and other cargos’ traffic by 22.62 per cent compared to the same period of previous year.
The Paradip Port has retained achieving the second highest position in terms of cargo handled and also in terms of percentage of the growth in traffic among all the Major Ports till the end of November 2013. The average turnaround time (Port A/c) for the month and up to the month has improved by 6 per cent and 13 per cent each over the corresponding period of the previous year and 8 per cent over the target fixed for the year. The average berth-day output for the month improved by 14 per cent and up to the month improved by 9 per cent over the corresponding period of previous year and 5 per cent over the target fixed for the year. The rail-borne traffic improved by 13 per cent during the month and it grew by 35 per cent up to the month over the corresponding period of the previous year.