Sunday, 28 July 2013 00:00
The Hindu Business Line: The first quarter of the current fiscal (April to June) witnessed a four per cent decline in container throughput in major ports to 1.87 million TEUs.
Tuticorin was the only port to post any rise in box volume – 7.4% at 121,000 TEUs. All other major container handling ports including the largest JNPT posted negative growth – Chennai 6% at 3,72,00 TEUs, Kolkata 4% at 1,42,000 TEUs while the throughput at Cochin was at par with last year at around 82,000 TEUs.
The JNPT throughput at 1.08 million TEUs too was lower year on year. Between April and June, the major ports posted 1% decline in total tonnage at 137.15 mt (138.5 mt).
In terms of volume, Kandla topped the list with 23.3 mt followed by Paradip, 17 mt, JNPT, 15.6 mt, Visakhapatnam, 14.6 mt, Mumbai, 13.3 mt and Chennai, 12.8 mt. In 2012-13, the major ports handled 545.68 mt recording 2.6% decline while the container throughput remained virtually flat at 7.7 million TEUs.