Cargo throughput at India’s Port of Mumbai reached an all-time of 58.04 million tons in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, 2013.
The record volume was up 3.3 percent from 56.19 million tons in 2011-12, the port authority said in a release.
Inbound traffic during April 2012 to March 2013 was 40 million tons, increasing from 39 million tons in the previous year. Outgoing volume was estimated at 18 million tons, up from 17.3 million tons.
Officials attributed the growth in total tonnage to a slew of incentives the port has extended to users, including concessions on storage charges and additional free days for cargo/containers. “The constant interaction with port users and fine-tuning of policies also helped improve our performance.”
Container traffic in fiscal 2012-13 was 57,614 20-foot-equivalent units, decreasing slightly from 57,760 TEUs, with imports accounting for 46,680 TEUs.
Tonnage in March fell to 5 million tons from 6 million tons for the same month in 2012.
Bowing to demands from the Mumbai-Nhava Sheva Ship Agents’ Association, the port authority at a recent meeting with stakeholders agreed to review berth hire charges levied on vessels stranded at the cargo terminals because of a two-day work stoppage by dockworkers in February.