Container throughput at India’s Port of Mumbai surged 31 percent year-over-year in the April-January period, the port authority said Tuesday.
Volume for the first 10 months of fiscal 2010-2011 totaled 61,848 20-foot equivalent units, up from 47,089 TEUs in the same period the year before.
Volume in January increased 6.8 percent from the same month a year ago, to 6,328 TEUs.
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Despite the turnaround in container movements, the west coast hub saw its total cargo throughput remain flat during April-January, at 45.6 million tons. Tonnage in January dropped to 4.92 million tons from 5.21 million tons.
“The latest traffic figures show a shortfall of 4.6 percent vis-a-vis the target of 47.8 million set by the Shipping Ministry for the period from April through January,” the Ministry said.
Mumbai is building an new offshore container terminal through private participation. Expected to be ready by 2012, the $300 million project will offer an annual capacity of 800,000 TEUs in the initial phase.
For fiscal 2009-2010, Mumbai’s container traffic slipped 37 percent year-over-year ttotal tonnage grew 5 percent to 54.5 million tons.