One of India’s largest private sector port operators in terms of capacity and throughput, Essar Ports recorded an impressive cargo handling of 11.23 million tonnes (MT) during 1Q2021. For the month of June 2020, cargo handling grew by 75 per cent compared to the April tonnage.
A substantial number of business operations were affected after India announced the world’s largest lockdown to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic from March 24. There was a dip in cargo handling at Essar Ports due to dwindling production at its key customers including power and steel companies.
“In June 2020, Unlock#1 was unleashed across the country, and the economy immediately started displaying green shoots of recovery. Our terminals, which remained operational despite challenges faced through the successive phases of the lockdown, have clocked an impressive cargo handling of 11.23 MT. We are well placed and prepared to ensure the nation’s economic engines are up and running in the most efficient manner,” said Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director, Essar Ports Ltd.
The company specialises in the development and operations of ports and terminals for handling dry bulk, breakbulk, liquid and general cargo. It has four operational terminals in India, one each in Hazira and Salaya (both in Gujarat) on the west coast, and in Visakhapatnam and Paradip on the east coast.