As demand destruction triggered by the pandemic pulled down traffic from 704.927 mt last year, the cargo handled by the 12 Major Ports declined by 4.59 per cent to 672.606 million tonnes (mt) in FY21, the lowest in three years. Container volumes handled by the dozen ports declined 3.75 per cent to 9.611 million TEUs from 9.985 million TEUs last year, also the lowest in three years.
Thermal and coking coal shipments declined 15.44 per cent and 5.22 per cent to 78.024 mt and 54.061 mt, respectively, from 92.276 mt and 57.036 mt. Iron ore, including pellets, jumped 29.12 per cent to 71.027 mt from 55.010 mt.
Deendayal Port Trust emerged as the top port by cargo volume, handling 117.558 mt, a drop of 4.12 per cent from the 122.606 mt handled the previous year. Paradip Port Trust came in second with 114.549 mt, 1.65 per cent more than the 112.689 mt last year, as per a report.