VO Chidambaranar (VOC) Port in Tuticorin handled a throughput of 286.42 lakh tonne during the financial year 2013-14, surpassing the previous year's achievement of 282.60 lakh tonne and registered a growth of 1.35 per cent, in spite of global cues. Imports accounted for 209.77 lakh tonne and exports accounted for 76.65 lakh tonne. The growth is attributed to the handling of higher volume of thermal coal, pet coke, and containers in terms of imports. As far as exports are concerned, the volume was higher in commodities like copper slag, phosphoric acid and machinery.
The port performed well in container handling by handling 5,07,735 TEUs during the financial year 2013-14, compared with the previous year's container traffic of 4,75,599 TEUs. There has been an increase of 6.76 per cent, performing well above the Ministry of Shipping's target of 5,00,000 TEUs.