Thermal or steam cargo shipments plunged 14.98 per cent in the period whereas coking coal traffic growth was flat at 1.1 per cent. Crude oil and petroleum products witnessed slackened growth of 2.5 per cent in the period under review. Raw fertilizers traffic faced a degrowth of 2.8 per cent.
Owing to lacklustre volume growth in most of the commodities, major ports could manage to log meagre growth of 1.14 per cent in overall cargo throughput. The ports at Kamarajar (-7.31 per cent), Chennai (-10.42 per cent), New Mangalore (-12.96 per cent), Mormugao (-11.85 per cent) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust- JNPT (-3.35 per cent) recorded negative year-on-year growth in the period under review.
Vishakapatnam port aced other ports in cargo volumes with 10.98 per cent growth. None of the other major ports could register double-digit growth.