Paradip Port achieved yet another 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo handling, in the shortest time, in its history, showcasing the port's unwavering commitment to excellence and efficiency in cargo handling.
It has once again repeated the feat by crossing the 100 MMT mark, seventh year, in succession and achieved a cargo throughput of 100.28 MMT on 18 December in the current fiscal.
Notably, in FY 2022-23, the coveted mark of 100 MMT was achieved on 9 January 2023. Thus, the record was achieved 22 days in advance which is in 262 days in the current fiscal against 284 days in the last financial year, by exhibiting 9.64 per cent growth in total cargo throughput. Thus, this century is the fastest by PPA, in its history.
The port is poised to set an all time record cargo handling of more than 145 MMT in the current fiscal. Various system improvement measures, introduced by the port during this year, fuelled growth. Outbound iron ore and pellet have shown a remarkable 69.03 per cent growth in comparison to the previous fiscal.
Last fiscal, it amounted to 10.56 MMT over the same time period, whereas till 18 December, it stands at 17.85 MMT in the current fiscal. Coastal Thermal Coal handling constitutes about 30.38 per cent of total cargo volume handled at the Port.
The port has also registered remarkable improvement in the key performance parameters. Berth productivity stands at 32,689 MT per day per ship, which is the highest among all major ports of the country. The vessel turn-round time is recorded as 42.01 hours, as against 47.60 hours during the corresponding period of previous year.
Similarly, pre-berthing detention is 1.18 hours as against 1.73 hours during the corresponding period of the previous year. Thus Paradip port is emerging as a coastal shipping hub of the country and started coastal shipping of thermal coal to the west coast, for the first time in history, which is Maharastra-based power plants.
It further plans to expand coastal shipping of thermal coal to other regions in West Coast.
The port's commitment to operational excellence, coupled with strategic improvements in cargo handling, has positioned it as a key player in catering to the growing needs of the industry. Marking the occasion, a symbolic cake cutting was done on Wednesday in the board room by P L Haranadh, Chairman, PPA in the presence of other senior officials.
For the above feat, Haranadh, Chairman, PPA expressed his gratitude to Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, under whose inspiration, dynamic leadership, and guidance, PPA could achieve incredible success.
He congratulated all officers/employees, the user industries, stevedores, steamer agents, trade unions, and PPP operators for such amazing accomplishments in the ability of the port to serve them.
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