Container traffic at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) fell around 6 per cent to 4.7 million TEUs in the just concluded financial year, despite March seeing the highest growth since the port’s inception, impacted by the pandemic-induced lockdown. The container traffic at the country’s premier container port JNPT stood at 5.03 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2019-20, it said in a release on Saturday.
Paradip port in Odisha, in contrast, handled a record of 114.55 million tonnes of cargo in the 2020-21 fiscal, overcoming the COVID-19 challenges and problems arising out of cyclone Amphan. The facility on the east coast registered a 1.65 per cent growth in cargo handling in FY21, Paradip Port Trust chairman Vinit Kumar told reporters. Its profit before tax (PBT) stood at Rs 722 crore in FY21, up by 6.02 per cent from Rs 681 crore in the previous year.
Paradip port had handled 112.68 million tonnes of cargo in the 2019-20 financial year. The achievement in the 2020-21 fiscal was noteworthy as two of its berths were not available due to mechanisation work, he said, adding that the port handled over 100 million tonnes of cargo for the fourth consecutive year.
In March 2021, JNPT near Mumbai logged the highest growth in container traffic since its inception at 5,27,792 TEUs, while the total traffic rose 23.5 per cent to 7.33 million tonnes as against 5.93 million tonnes handled in the same month of 2019-20. For the entire year, however, the total traffic dropped by 5.31 per cent to 64.81 million tonnes in 2020-21 as against 68.45 million tonnes in the previous year.
The average turn-around time of all vessels at JNPT was down to 28.64 hours in the last fiscal year from 29.42 hours in 2019-20 and for the container vessels it reduced to 25.30 hours from 25.82 hours.
JNPT BPCL Liquid Cargo Terminal handled highest LPG during 2020-21 at 1.04 million tonnes from 70 vessels which is 22.35 per cent higher as compared to previous highest of 0.85 million tonnes from 57 vessels in 2019-20.