BHUBANESWAR:2.04.23:During the financial year 2022-23, Paradip Port has handled its highest ever annual traffic of 135.36 million metric tonnes against 116.13 million metric tonnes during the previous financial year. Thus, Paradip Port has also recorded highest ever growth of 19.2 million metric tonnes (16.56%) of traffic in a single financial year in its history said ppt chairman p l Haranadh.

Thus, the growth in cargo handling achieved by Paradip Port is the highest among all Ports, both major and non-major, of the country. Paradip Port has contributed 19.2 million metric tonnes i.e. 25.6% out of the total growth in cargo handling achieved by all the major ports during the financial year 2022-23. During the financial year the Port has achieved highest ever coastal shipping traffic of 58.42 million metric tonnes, with a growth of 16.22 million metric tonnes i.e. 38% over the previous year. The thermal coal coastal shipping has grown by 14 million metric tonnes i.e. 50% over the previous year cargo handling.

Thus, the Paradip Port is emerging as a hub for coastal shipping in the country. Paradip Port has been able to improve its berth productivity to 31050 MT from 27295 MT of previous financial year, thus registering 13.76% growth. The berth productivity achieved by Paradip Port is the highest among all the ports of the country. During the financial year, the Port has handled 20,126 numbers of rakes, registering a growth of 20.45% over the previous financial year. During the financial year, the Port has handled 2394 ships, registering an increase of 16% over the previous financial year.

Improved system of operation at mechanized coal hand plant to reduce idle time between rake unloading has resulted in highest handling of thermal coal at MCHP i.e. 29.22 million metric tonnes. The engine on load system introduced for loading of railway rakes has reduced the rake turn round by approximately 17% and enabled the port to handle 12.5% of additional rakes.The northern dock of the port has been declared for handling 16 meters draught cape vessels. Simultaneous handling of 1 cape and 1 panamax at coal handling berths, which was not being done during the previous year. Paradip Port has frozen its tariff for cargo handling at the level of 2022 for next 3 years as a part of its business development initiatives. It is to be noted that Paradip Port is the cheapest in terms of tariff among all the port of the country.

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