The seaborne traffic at the country’s 13 major ports stagnated at year-ago level in July, against 3.3 per cent increase in June and 4.9 per cent in July 2013. Even as 8 ports handled more traffic during the month, five others showed y-o-y drops, which included Haldia Dock (4 per cent), Kolkata (26 per cent), New Mangalore (15 per cent), and Paradip and Kandla (around one per cent each). Among the eight ports showing positive growth, Ennore recorded 20 per cent, V.O.Chidambaranar 16 and Mormugao 11 per cent y-o-y increase. Among the cargoes, raw fertilizer shot up 56 per cent, after 50 per cent in June, 21 per cent in May and 12 per cent in April. Thermal, coking coal volumes increased 3-4 per cent and finished fertilizer 12 per cent during July. Iron ore and POL declined during the month.
Taking April-July period, port traffic showed 3.3 per cent increase, slowing from 4.3 per cent till June and 4.8 per cent average during April-May. Mormugao recorded the best rate of 27 per cent among the ports thanks to thermal coal loading, resumption of iron ore freight and sharp increase in other industrial commodities. Kamarajar (Ennore) recorded 17 per increase due to decent increase in thermal coal, POL and other industrial cargo. V.O.Chidambaranar also recorded 12 per cent increase and Mumbai 9 per cent during April-July.
Among the cargoes, fertilizer (finished and raw) increased 25 per cent, other industrial cargo 11 per cent, thermal, coking coal one per cent and containers 4 per cent. Volume was down 0.5 per cent in POL and 7.5 per cent in iron ore annually (concentrated in Paradip and Visakhapatnam)