Container volumes at major ports in India slipped 4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-14, the Indian Ports Association said in a statement.
The 12 state-owned gateway hubs handled 1.87 million 20-foot-equivalent units from April through June, down from 1.95 million TEUs in the same period last fiscal year. Containerized cargo tonnage fell 7 percent from a year earlier to 28.6 million tons.
Traffic at the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), the country’s top container handler, was estimated at 1.04 million TEUs, decreasing from 1.08 million TEUs in the same quarter in 2012-13.
The Port of Chennai moved 372,000 TEUs, down 6 percent from 395,000 TEUs. Box throughput at the Port of Tuticorin increased to 121,000 TEUs from 112,000 TEUs.
The Port of Kolkata handled 142,000 TEUs, down from 148,000 TEUs. The volume of containers handled by the Vallarpadam Terminal in Cochin Port was on par with last year, at 82,000 TEUs.
The Indian Ports Association said total cargo tonnage at major ports fell 1 percent in the first fiscal quarter to 137.15 million tons from 138.5 million tons a year earlier.
Kandla was the top cargo handler, with throughput of 23.3 million tons, followed by Paradip, at 17 million tons; Nehru, at 15.6 million tons; Visakhapatnam, at 14.6 million tons; Mumbai, at 13.3 million tons; and Chennai, at 12.8 million tons.
Indian major ports handled 545.68 million tons of cargo in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, down 2.6 percent from 2011-12, with container throughput remaining relatively flat, at 7.71 million TEUs.
In related trade news, the Nehru Port authority said eight companies have so far responded to its request for qualification for the construction of a fourth container terminal under the public-private partnershipment model. Potential bidders include APM Terminals, DP World, PSA International and Adani Ports.
The last date for submission of RFQ applications is July 19. Pre-qualified organizations will be allowed to participate in the second round of the process, in which the successful contractor will be selected.
“The plan is to award the contract in this fiscal year, with commissioning of the first phase by 2016-17,” a port official said.