Cochin Port handled 2.86 million metric tonnes (MMT) of cargo in January 2019, the highest-ever monthly cargo handled at the port. The previous highest was 2.83 MMT in January 2018. The cumulative handling of cargo from April 2018 to January 2019 was 26.15 MMT, higher by 8 per cent compared to last year, according to a port statement.
The international container transhipment terminal (ICTT) handled 55,953 TEUs in January 2019, the highest-ever monthly container handling the port. The previous highest was 52,476 TEUs, achieved in March 2018. The cumulative number of containers handled during April 2018 to January 2019 was 482,880 TEUs, 5.1 per cent higher than the containers handled during the same period last year.
The container freight station of Cochin Port Trust handled 391 TEUs in January 2019 13.66 per cent higher than last year. The cumulative number of containers handled at the station this fiscal is 3,662 TEUs, marginally higher than last year.
The port continued to be the most sought-after destination for international cruise liners. Eight such vessels called at the port last month. The total number of cruise vessels visiting the port in 2018-19 was expected to be 50, again a record.