Mangalore, May 20: New Mangalore port has shown an exemplary growth in traffic during the beginning of current fiscal.
As on May 15, the port has registered a growth rate of 31.65% by handling 5.09 million tonnes as against 3.87 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. The growth in traffic is attributable to increase in handling of petroleum, oil and lubricants crude and products by MRPL, coal, fertilizer, timber and container cargo.
The port is also witnessing upward growth in container traffic. It has handled 6,144 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the current year as on May 15 as against 3,462 TEUs handled during the corresponding period of previous year, a growth rate of 77.47%. Railway traffic also increased by 27.60% by handling 9.29 lakh tonnes during the above period as against 7.28 lakh tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.
Largest parcel of 257 packages of machinery for Suzlon was handled in the vessel MV Clipper Marinus on May 18. The second wheat vessel MV Simona called at the Port on May 19 and loading operation of 33,000 tonnes of wheat for Yemen is on in full swing. Six cruise vessels with 5,627 passengers called on the Port during April 2013 as against three vessels with 3,800 passengers handled during the corresponding period of previous year.
At a recent logistic meet at Coimbatore, P Tamilvanan, chairman highlighted advantage of NMPT and Coimbatore trade expressed keenness to route cargo through the port. CONCOR officials assured to operate train between Coimbatore and Mangalore, if trade wanted to move their cargo through NMPT. As part of adding more infrastructures, port has laid foundation stone for construction of two additional covered storage sheds for bulk cargo.