VOC Port handles 36.58 mn tonnes cargo

Tuticorin: Cargo traffic at the V O Chidambaranar Port Trust stood at 365.83 lakh tonnes during the current fiscal, against the previous year's 384.63 lakh tonnes, registering a decrease of 4.89 per cent.

Imports have accounted for 261.71 lakh tonnes (-6.52 per cent) and exports accounted for 104.12 lakh tonnes (-0.51 per cent).

The Port has registered a record throughput of 6.97 lakh twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers, clocking a growth of 8.65 per cent over previous year's container traffic of 6.42 lakh TEUs.

When compared to the financial year 2016-17, cargo's that have shown considerable increase are containerised cargo 8.65 per cent (55,528 TEUs), lime stone 22.57 per cent (2.50 lakh tonnes), palm oil 65.23 per cent (1.40 lakh tonnes), timber logs 45.90 per cent (1.32 lakh tonnes) and clinkers 134.68 per cent (1.05 lakh tonnes).

The Port has seen a growth of 33.11 per cent in coastal cargo traffic during the financial year by handling 99.72 lakh tonnes over 74.92 lakh tonnes during the same period the year before.

The port has seen an improvised performance in terms of operational performance. The average pre-berthing time has decreased considerably from 1.98 days during the FY 2016-17 to 1.27 days during the year 2017-18.