Paradip: With a record cargo handling of 100.12 Million Metric Tonne (MMT) till date, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has joined an “Exclusive Club of Ports”, which have handled 100 MMT or more cargo in a fiscal.
Giving credit to the all the stakeholders and especially, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, while addressing a press meet here on Sunday, PPT chairman Rinkesh Roy said, “The growth saga is a part of conscious strategy under the Sagarmala Programme of Ministry of Shipping. The port has clocked remarkable 50% growth within last 5 years as the cargo throughput stood at 68 MMT in FY 2013-14.”
He called upon all the stakeholders to wholeheartedly contribute for realizing the mission of making the port as the number one in India in terms of cargo handling in the FY 2018-19.
Paradip Port achieved all time traffic throughput of 100 MMT during the year 2017-18 (up to 25.03.2018), as against the previous year’s traffic of 88.95 million tonnes exhibiting a growth of 15%.
During the year, the port performance parameter viz. Berth-day out-put improved to 24814 MT with 4.58% growth and the Berth Occupancy is 72% as against 67% of the previous year and handled13.55% more cargo to lead the port at par with international standard.
The Port has taken up a host of projects to increase the capacity from existing 277 MMTPA to 325 MMTPA by 2025.
On behalf of PPT, the chairman expressed his gratitude to the Trustees, Port Users, Ministry of Shipping, the Centre and the Odisha government, the Indian Railways, particularly the East Coast Railway, Jagatsinghpur district administration, Paradip Municipality, trade unions, all the employees and all other stakeholders who are connected directly or indirectly for their valuable contribution for all round development of the port.
He also expressed his gratitude to the print and electronic media for their continued and forthcoming support and encouragement being extended for smooth functioning and development of the port and look forward for such continued support, guidance and co-operation by all concerned in the days to come.