Strongly cementing its position as one of the fast growing major ports in the country, New Mangalore Port in Karnataka has clocked a cargo throughput of 39.36 million tonnes during 2013-14 financial year period.
According to NMPT sources, the West coast port, which has been maintaining its positive growth in a sustained manner over the past few years, has recorded 6.29 percent growth over last financial year cargo throughput.
It may be noted here that in 2012-13 period, NMPT has handled about 37.04 million tonnes of cargo, which includes both breakbulk and containerized cargo.
While imports for the period (2013-14) remained 29.31 million tonnes, about 10.04 million tonnes of cargo, both in breakbulk and containers, were exported in the same period via NMPT.
Though the West Coast’s fast growing major port has enough captive cargoes like crude, LPG, edible oil, coal, fertilizer and cement given the close proximity to various industrious clusters in the region, steady increase in container volumes (TEUs) year after years was the outcome of the sustained marketing campaign by the NMPT management for the past few years in cargo originating regions in South India.
It may be recalled that the port management conducts regular road shows at different cargo originating areas in the region to capture the containered import and export market.
In containers throughput, NMPT has handled 50,126 TEUs against the last year’s figure of 48,409 TEUs, thus registering modest growth year-on-year.
The main exports in containerized cargo during the period were coffee, cashew kernels, fish meal, fish oil, lead ingots and food items, whereas in imports, it were raw cashew, wooden logs, salt, tiles and chemicals.