India’s major ports Apr thermal coal shipments grow 24% on year

A cargo ship is loaded with coal during the opening ceremony of a new dock at the North Korean port of Rajin in this July 18, 2014 file photo. South Korea said on March 8, 2016 it would impose new sanctions against 40 individuals and 30 entities because of suspected links to North Korea's weapons programme and would ban vessels that had stopped at North Korean ports in the past 180 days.  REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev/Files

The Indian government’s 12 major ports handled 9.71 million mt of thermal coal in April, the first month of the current fiscal year 2018-19, up 24% year on year, Indian Ports Association data released Monday showed.

The 12 ports received shipment of 4.2 million mt of coking coal in April, down 7% year on year, the data showed.

Paradip port on the east coast handled the highest volume of thermal coal in April at 3.02 million mt, up 34% from a year ago.

Kolkata port, also on the east coast, handled the highest volume of coking coal at around 1.25 million mt during the period under review, up from 822,000 mt from the same month a year ago.

The 12 ports are Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Ennore, Chennai, VO Chidambaranar (Tuticorin), Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla.

Chennai and JNPT ports did not receive any coal cargoes in April.

Source: Platts

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