Minor and intermediate ports operating under the control of Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) in the state registered 11% growth in cargo volumes during the year 2012-13.
The 21-odd functional minor ports in the state together handled cargo of 288 million metric tonne at the end of the fiscal,which is about 11% more than 259 MMT handled in 2011-12.
This growth is significant as the traffic at major ports across the country declined by 2.6% during the same period, stated a spokesperson from GMB. However,Kandla a major port in Gujarat registered a 13% growth by clocking 93 MMT of cargo volumes in 2012-13.
Among the minor ports in Gujarat,Sikka outperformed all others. Sikka,that has captive jetties of GSFC and Reliance Industries and others,clocked 124 MMT cargo this year,as compared to the 118 MMT last year,states the latest data shared by GMB,a nodal agency for all maritime activities in the state.
APSEZs Mundra port in total handled over 82 MMT of cargo during 2012-13,which is a growth of 21% compared to the volumes handled a year ago. Similarly,the ports of Magdalla,Bedi,Okha,Porbandar,Bhavnagar,Navlakhi and Dahej handled more cargo than they did in 2011-12.
However,a few minor ports including Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited (GPPL) saw their cargo volumes dip. GPPLs cargo volumes declined to 80 lakh tonne in 2012-13,from 91 lakh tonne a year ago. Other minor ports that saw a decline in cargo volumes include Jafrabad,Muldwarka,Mandvi and Jakhau.