The total traffic handled at Major Ports from April 2019 to March 2020 was 704.63 Million Tonnes. This is a marginal growth of 0.82% as against 699.10 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
During April to March, 2020, Container tonnage and TEUS were 146934 and 9988 thousand respectively, whereas it was 145451 and 9877 thousand during April to March, 2019. There was growth of 1.02% in Container tonnage and 1.12% in Container TEUs said an official release from the ministry of shipping.
In regards to tonnage the top 3 ports were Deendayal at number one with 122 MT of cargo handled followed by Paradip with 112MT and VPT with 72.72MT. Deendayal saw a growth of 6.15% while Paradip saw a growth of 3.12%. VPT with a growth of over 11% witnessed the highest growth rate among all major ports in the country.
In March 2020, the total was 61120 tonnes which is more than 57233 tonnes in February 2020 but 5.25% less than March,2019 (64510 tonnes) said the release.
No. of vessels handled
The number of vessels handled by ports during 2019-20 was around 20837, whereas during 2018-19, number of vessels handled was 20853. The vessel traffic declined marginally by 0.08% in comparison to last year.
In the wake of unprecedented crisis due to Covid-19, the Ministry of Shipping has been taking pro-active steps to ensure smooth running of shipping and port operations, ease the hardships, and at the same time, following the restrictions imposed during the lockdown. Some of those measures include thermal scanning at ports, waiver of penal charges, issuing advisory to the Indian ports and Shipping lines not to impose any container detention charge on import and export shipments etc.