Iron ore cargo through Major Ports has logged the sharpest growth among all commodities in the April-December period. Till the end of December, iron ore shipments were up from 12.7 million tonnes (MT) to 32.4 MT, a rise of 154 per cent.
Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT of cargo during the first six months of FY2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 per cent as compared to the same period last year. The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same period last year was 299.5 MT. This improvement of performance is the result of many measures initiated by the Ministry of Shipping to improve the performance of the ports.
Between October 2013 and April 2014, the Mormugao Port in Goa is scheduled to welcome around 30 cruise liners. Recently the luxurious Sea Dream Yacht Club, for the first time, arrived at Mormugao Port. The yacht arrived on October 28, carrying around 125 passengers.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board has deferred the Mormugao Port's proposal to establish mechanised coal and coke handling at its berth, stalling the port's plans to revive the ailing business. GSPCB had stopped the operations of handling both the commodities at berth number 10 and 11, after the port town witnessed unprecedented coal dust pollution.
To establish a mechanised system for coal and coke handling facility at berth No 11 in Mormugao Port, the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has sought the approval of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 200 crore and two million tonne of coal and coke would be handled per annum.
Adani Ports and SEZ is planning to commission a coal handling terminal of about 5 million tonne capacity at the Mormugao Port in Goa by this fiscal. The coal handling terminal project, won by the Adani group firm in 2009, is delayed by about 2 years as it was originally planned to be commissioned during 2011 to 12 itself. APSEZ has the permission to operate the coal handling berth till May 15th 2040, the company said in a prospectus for a recently completed fund raising exercise. It said that th