Cargo containers at Kolkata Dock. File photo.
THE KOLKATA PORT TRUST (KoPT)-run Kolkata Dock has recorded an all-time high cargo handling in its 145-year history during the just concluded 2014-15 fiscal year.
The Kolkata Dock was commissioned in 1870.
According to KoPT management, in 2014-15, the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) handled a cargo throughput of 15.282 metric ton, surpassing the previous highest record of 13.741 mt in 2007-08.
This new record is 18.7 per cent higher than the 12.875 mt cargo that the Kolkata Dock handled in 2013-14.
As against this, its counter part, the Haldia Dock handled 31.01 mt of cargo in 2014-15, up by 9 per cent from the 28.511 mt handled the previous year.
Haldia Dock is a deep-water dock located at Haldia in East Midnapore district and it too is part of the Kolkata Port, a Central government undertaking.
As regards the overall performance in 2014-15, KoPT chairman R P S Kahlon said that Kolkata Port has ranked 3rd amongst all major ports in India via-a-vis container traffic.
“Kolkata Port Trust as a whole handled 46.292 mt of traffic in 2014-15, recording 12 per cent growth over the 41.386 mt handled in 2013-14,” Mr Kahlon said in a statement.
“This includes, an all-time high rail-borne traffic of 27.10 mt as comaped to the 23.88 mt in 2013-2014.”