V O Chidambaranar Port, one of the 12 major ports in the country, has handled record cargo traffic of 36.91 million tonnes (MT) so far, registering a growth of 4.77 per cent over the same period last fiscal. "The port has handled a record traffic of 36.91 million tonnes till March 17, 2017, with an impressive cargo growth at 4.77 per cent as compared with the same period of last financial year," Ministry of Shipping said in a statement. The cargo that contributed to this record performance includes, coal to NTPL (64.11 per cent), wheat (433.61 per cent), lime stone(8.37 per cent), phosphoric acid (106.42 per cent), fertilisers (16 per cent), fertiliser raw materials (7.18 per cent), construction materials (28.75 per cent), and containerised cargo (5 per cent), it said. The port has also made an achievement in container traffic by handling 6,13,617 TEUs up to March 17 and crossed the previous financial year's record of 6,11,714 TEUs, the ministry added.
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