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PPT makes record 20.27% growth in cargo handling

Bhubaneswar: The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) handled the highest ever record cargo of 61.84 million tonnes till February 2014 in the current financial year as compared to 51.41 million tonnes of cargo handled during the corresponding period of the previous year. This is an increase of 20.27% over the traffic handled during corresponding period of previous year and is also 6.98% higher over the target fixed for the period, stated a press release issued by the PPT.

PPT has handled 5.18 million tonnes of cargo during the month of February 2014 while 2.28 million tonnes cargo was exported and 2.90 million tonnes cargo was imported through the Port during the same period.
Similarly, a record quantity of 2,54,798 tonnes of Lime Stone was imported during the month of February’2014 surpassing the previous record of 2,44,609 tonnes during the month of March 2013. A record quantity of 32,205 tonnes of Coke Breeze was imported during the month of February 2014 surpassing the previous record of 29,326 tonnes during the month of December 2012. 
During this period in the current financial year up to February 2014, Thermal Coal traffic has exhibited a growth of 19.03%. Similarly POL Traffic has increased by 6.52%, Iron Ore traffic registered a growth of 222.46%, Coking Coal 39.87% and other cargo traffic grew by 11.15% compared to the same period of previous year. Paradip Port has retained the second highest position in terms of cargo handled and also in terms of percentage of growth in traffic amongst all the major ports till the end of February 2014.

The average turn round time (Port A/c.) up to the month has improved by 12% over the corresponding period of previous year and 10.20% over the target fixed for the year. The average Berth-day output up to the month improved by 9.84% over the corresponding period of previous year and 8.71% over the target fixed for the year.

Rail borne traffic improved by 5.91% during the month and the same is improved by 28.09% up to the month over the corresponding period of the previous year.

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