Paradip Port has achieved a record cargo throughput of 68.05 million tonnes (mt) till March 18, thereby surpassing the last fiscal’s total traffic of 68 mt. This is the highest-ever traffic handled by the Port in a financial year, highlighted an official statement.
The Port management is confident of achieving the target of 69 mt fixed by the Ministry of Shipping for the current financial year 2014-15, and the facility retaining the 2nd position amongst the Major Ports in terms of throughput.
By March 18 in the last fiscal, the Port had handled 65.45 mt of cargo. The growth this year is, therefore, 4 per cent.
During the current financial year up to the said date, thermal coal traffic increased by 20.78 per cent, coking coal 11.56 per cent and fertiliser raw materials by 10.66 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year.
Mr M. T. Krishna Babu, Chairman of Paradip Port Trust and Mr N. Vaiyapuri, Deputy Chairman, appreciated the cooperation and support extended by all stakeholders in achieving this record throughput, including the Union Ministry of Shipping, the government of Odisha, East Coast Railway authorities, stevedores, exporters and importers, steamer agents, the District administration, Trustees of the Port, Port users, trade unions and media representatives along with all the employees and others connected directly or indirectly with the overall development of the Port, the statement informed.
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