STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Paradip, 7 February
Paradip port has achieved a new record of handing 56.66 million tonnes of cargo till January 2014 by surpassing the annual traffic of 56.55 million tonnes cargo handled during the financial year 2012-13.
According to official sources, Paradip port has retained the second highest position in terms of cargo handled and also in terms of percentage of growth in traffic amongst all the Major Ports of the country till the end of January 2014.
“Paradip Port Trust (PPT) handled 56.66 million tonnes of cargo till January 2014 in the current financial year as compared to 46.61 million tonnes of cargo handled during the corresponding period of the previous year. This is an increase of 21.56 percent and is also 7.35 percent higher over the target fixed for the period,” said a senior port official.
The port has handled 5.80 million tonnes of cargo during the month of January 2014. About 2.66 million tonnes cargo was exported and 3.14 million tonnes cargo was imported through the port in the month.
“During this period in the current financial year up to January 2014, thermal coal traffic has exhibited a growth of 20.28 percent. Similarly POL traffic has increased by 9.49 percent, iron ore traffic registered a growth of 225.45 percent, cooking coal 34.70 percent and other cargo traffic grew by 12.39 percent compared to the same period of previous year,” the official informed.  The average turn round time for the month and up to the month has improved by 19 percent and 13 percent respectively over the corresponding period of previous year and 10 percent over the target fixed for the year. The average berth-day output for the month improved by 21 percent and up to the month improved by 11 percent over the corresponding period of previous year and eight percent over the target fixed for the year.Rail borne traffic improved by 19 percent during the month and the same is improved by 31 percent up to the month over the corresponding period of the previous year.
As many as 1213 vessels have entered in to the port and 1212 vessels sailed out till January 2014 of the financial year, the official informed.