Thermal coal imports at main ports decline 35 per cent to 17.71 MT in April-June: IPA

New Delhi, July 12

Thermal coal imports at India’s 12 main ports dropped 34.70 per cent to 17.71 million tonnes (MT) within the first quarter of the present fiscal, in line with the Indian Ports’ Association (IPA).

Impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, coking coal imports too witnessed a decline 28.49 per cent to 10.69 MT within the quarter.

These ports had dealt with 27.13 MT of thermal coal and 14.95 MT of coking coal within the April-June interval of the earlier monetary yr.

The IPA, which maintains cargo knowledge dealt with by these ports, in its newest report stated “percentage variation from the previous year” in thermal coal and coking coal dealing with was 34.70 per cent and 28.49 per cent, respectively.

Thermal coal is the mainstay of India’s power programme as 70 per cent of energy technology relies on the dry gasoline, whereas coking coal is used primarily for metal making.

India is the third-largest producer of coal after China and the US, and has 299 billion tonnes of sources and 123 billion tonnes of confirmed reserves, which can final for over 100 years.

India has 12 main ports—Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore), V O Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (together with Haldia) — that deal with about 61 per cent of the nation’s whole cargo site visitors.

These 12 ports had dealt with 705 MT of cargo within the final monetary yr.

Cargo dealt with by the nation’s main ports declined by 19.68 per cent  to 141.92 MT within the first quarter of this fiscal.

These 12 ports had collectively dealt with 176.69 MT of cargo throughout April-June interval of 2018-19.

Ports like Chennai and Kamrajar noticed their cargo volumes nosedive about 40 per cent throughout April-June, whereas Kolkata and JNPT suffered a drop of over 30 per cent.

While Chennai port noticed 39.91 per cent decline in cargo dealing with to 7.28 MT, Kamarajar (Ennore) port suffered a drop of 39.41 per cent to five.16 MT in April-June, as per IPA knowledge.

Cargo dealing with at Cochin port slipped 33.78 per cent to five.63 MT, whereas the identical at JNPT declined 31.38 per cent to 12.09 MT. Kolkata port logged a fall of 27.26 per cent to 11.72 MT.

Container commerce was severely hit because it recorded a decline of 32.28 per cent when it comes to TEU (twenty foot equal unit), whereas thermal coal dealing with declined by 34.70 per cent.

Ratings company Icra had earlier stated that whereas all cargo segments are weak, container section is anticipated to be extra adversely impacted.

While normal cargo throughput might witness 5-Eight per cent contraction for the total yr 2020-21, the container section might drop 12-15 per cent, it had stated. PTI

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