Tuticorin VOC Port handles 5.05 per cent more cargo in 2019-202020-07-25 | Shipments
The V O Chidambaranar (VOC) Port Trust has handled 36.08 million tonne of cargo traffic in the FY2019-20, which is 1.74 million tonne more and 5.05 per cent increase over the previous year’s achievement of 34.34 million tonne. Imports accounted for 25.82 million tonne (71.57 per cent), exports for 10.25 million tonne (28.41 per cent) and transhipment for 0.01 million tonne (0.02 per cent). With this, the port has achieved the 36 million tonne target set by the ministry of shipping. As many as 1,447 ship called on the port in 2019-20, which is an increase by 5.62 per cent from 1,370 ship calls in 2018-19. The port registered its highest ever throughput of 8.03 lakh teus of containers in 2019-20, clocking 8.72 per cent growth over the previous year’s 7.39 lakh teus. the port has initiated proposals for two PPP projects for conversion of the 9th berth as container terminal at an estimated cost of 438.61 crore and mechanisation of NCB-III for handling dry bulk cargo at an estimated cost of 269.06 crore.