Total Cargo Handling Fell by Numbers
SOURCE: Economic Times
According to the ports’ top body, IPA, India’s 12 major ports cargo handling fell by 4.59 percent 672.60 million tonnes (MT) in the just-concluded financial year due to disturbances triggered by COVID-19.
In 2019-20, 2018-19, and 2017-18, these ports handled 705 MT, 699 MT, and 679 MT of freight, respectively.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, recently stated that due to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, container traffic at 12 major ports has decreased significantly since March.
According to the Indian Ports Association (IPA), the “percentage difference from previous year” in “traffic handled at major ports during April to March 2021 vs April to March 2020” decreased 4.59 percent.
Container handling, coal handling, and POL (petroleum, Oil, and lubricant) handling all saw significant drops in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the study, the percentage change from the previous year was 4.59 percent.
But for Paradip and Mormugao (which saw 1.65% and 37.06% increases in cargo handling to 114.54 MT and 21.95 MT, respectively), all ports saw negative development.
During the April-March 2021 season, cargo handling at Kamrajar Port (Ennore) fell 18.46% to 25.88 MT, while cargo volumes at Mumbai and V. O. Chidambaranar fell by more than 10%.
Ports in Cochin, New Mangalore, and Chennai experienced a 7% drop.
Cargo volumes at JNPT fell by 5.32 percent, while cargo volumes at Deendayal Port Trust and Kolkata ports fell by more than 4 percent. Visakhapatnam’s cargo handling fell 3.96 percent.
The central government controls 12 major ports in India: Deendayal (formerly Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (formerly Ennore), V. O. Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip, and Kolkata (including Haldia).
These ports handle approximately 61% of total cargo traffic in the region.
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