New Delhi: Paradip Port’s cargo handling growth story among Indian Major Ports continues with a quantum jump in the cargo handled by the Port in the Month of July, 2016. Paradip port in July handled a record throughput of 8.06 MMT in a single month surpassing the earlier highest record handling of 7.61 MMT cargos in the month of March, 2016. This record handling of cargo growth in the month of July, 2016 compared to the same month in 2015 is 32% more the port had handled 6.09 MTs of cargo in July 2015.
According to sources, the major growth of cargo came in the month of July, 2016 with addition of 8 lakh tonnes of POL, 6 lakh tonnes of imported coking coal and 6 lakh tonnes of other cargo like imported lime stone, Dolomite etc. About 60% of the extra 2 million metric tonnes of cargo came from non-mechanized cargo operations in the monsoon which actually helped the port to achieve the record cargo handling of 8.00 MMTs in a single month.
Incidentally, in the 4 months (April-July) of 2016-17, the Port handled 28.65 MMT of cargo compared to 24.34 MMT in the corresponding 4 months of FY-2015-16 witnessing a growth of 17.75%.
The Paradip Port Authority had taken necessary steps in recent months not only for the port customers to do “Business with Ease” as per the initiatives of the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India, but its efforts have taken the port in achieving many records in the history of the port, sources added.