Iron ore shipments in India surge 154% through major ports
Till the end of December, iron ore shipments were up from 12.7 million tonne (mt) to 32.4 mt, a rise of 154 percent.
In terms of iron ore traffic, Mormugao port was the biggest gainer with a volume of 9.34 mt compared to 1.49 mt in the year-ago period. Led by iron ore, the Mormugao port recorded the highest growth of 62.51 percent among all the major ports.
Waiver of 30 percent export duty on low-grade iron ore fines and lumps (with iron content less than 62 percent) chiefly from Goa buoyed export-bound iron ore cargo from the port. Other major ports on the eastern coast like Paradip and Visakhapatnam also witnessed significant volume growth in iron ore cargo.
Revival in iron ore cargo has also helped the ports at Paradip and Visakhapatnam to post growth of 18 percent and nine percent respectively.
The other key cargo driver for major ports was liquid cargo comprising crude oil, Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and Liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Liquid cargo movement through major ports was up 9.8 percent till the end of December. Fertiliser cargo, however, decelerated in the April-December period. Finished fertilisers dipped 18 percent while raw fertilisers saw a decline of 4.63 percent.
Coal as a commodity also witnessed de-growth as thermal and steam coal traffic was down by 8.98 percent, whereas coking coal cargo saw a marginal dip of 1.81 percent. ■