Major ports handed 396.85 mt of cargo during first eight months of 2015-16

During the first eight months (April-November) of the current fiscal year (2015-16), the major ports handled 396.85 mt of traffic, compared to 384.1 mt in the corresponding period of 2014-15. This is an increase of 3.32 per cent. Kandla port handled the maximum traffic at 65.74 mt, followed by Paradip port (48.93 mt) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) (42.6 mt). In terms of growth, Mormugao port reported the maximum increase (27.06 per cent) followed by V.O. Chidambaranar port (18.8 per cent) and Kolkata port (14.53 per cent). Four ports witnessed negative growth. These are New Mangalore (-8.52 per cent), Chennai (-4.56 per cent), Visakhapatnam (-3.48 per cent) and JNPT (-0.31 per cent). Among commodities, petroleum, oil and lubricants accounted for the highest share in the total traffic at 32.26 per cent (128.05 mt), followed by others at 21.46 per cent (85.16 mt).