Trade Analytics
India's cargo traffic is expected to reach 1,758 MMT by 2017.

Major Ports in India

Latest update: August, 2013

Cargo traffic is on the rise

  • Stood at 606.37 MMT in FY16
  • Increased at a CAGR of 7.4 per cent during FY07–17E
  • Cargo traffic in 2017 at major ports is expected to reach 943.1 MMT
  • During April to September 2016, 12 major ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo, showing a growth of 5.1 per cent in comparison to the same time during previous year.

Cargo traffic at non-major ports

  • Stood at 466.1 MMT in FY16
  • Cargo traffic has expanded at a CAGR of 10.7 per cent during FY07–16 and is expected to grow annually at 15.9 per cent during FY07-17
  • Cargo traffic in 2017 at non-major ports is expected to reach 815.2 MMT

Non-major ports are evolving faster than major ports

  • Non-major ports are gaining shares and a major chunk of traffic has shifted from major ports to non-major ports
  • The contribution of non-major port’s traffic to total traffic rose to 43.5 per cent in FY16 from 28.6 per cent in FY07


The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd

The company has two main business: shipping and offshore. The shipping business is involved in transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, gas and dry bulk commodities. The offshore business services to the oil companies in carrying out offshore exploration and production activities, through its subsidiary Greatship (India) Ltd. The shipping...

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Marmagao Port

Mormugao Port, Goa, is one of the oldest ports on the west coast of India, with a fine natural harbour, has been relentlessly serving the nation in its economic development for over a century. The Port was declared a Major Port on 2, 1963. The port is one of the 12 major ports in India. Excellent facilities, high productivity, streamlined admin...

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Kolkata Port Trust

Commissioned in 1870, the journey of the first major as well as the only riverine port of the country continues through the tortuous process of ebb and tide, expectancy and challenges, intricately woven with the varying draft/siltation of the river Hooghly which cradles it, as it continues to adapt and re-engineer itself in newer locales and divers...

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Krishnapatnam Port Co Ltd

Krishnapatnam Port Co Ltd (KPCL) was formed by winning the mandate from the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop the existing minor port into modern, deep water and high productivity port, on build-operate-share-transfer (BOST) concession basis for 50 years. The port is being built in three phases. Post the completion of the first phase in a rec...

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Shahi Shipping Ltd

Shahi Shipping Ltd, established in 1985, is a Public Limited Company mainly engaged in barge operations and port-related activities. The company has a fleet of 22 vessels as on March 31, 2013. It comprises of Mini Bulk Carriers, General Cargo Carriers, Chemical Carriers, Petroleum Carriers, Water Supply Barges, Tugs and launches. The company is ...

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APM Terminals

APM Terminals is lifting global trade with a global terminal network of 20,300 professionals and 186 port and inland services operations in 63 countries around the globe. The company designs, builds and operates ports and inland services. The world’s leading brands and shipping lines rely on APM Terminals to ensure their supply chains and glo...

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Essar Shipping

Essar Shipping is an integrated logistics solution provider with investments in logistics services, sea transportation and oilfield drilling services. Essar's logistics business provides end-to-end logistics services - from ships to ports, lighterage services to plants, intra-plant logistics and dispatching finished products to the final custome...

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Mangalore Port

Mangalore Port is a modern all-weather port situated at Panambur, Mangalore, on the west coast of India, 170 nautical miles south of Mormugao and 191 nautical miles north of Cochin Port. The Mangalore Harbour Projects started in 1962, and was completed in 1974. The Mangalore Port is the ninth major port in India and was formally inaugurated in 1...

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Tuticorin Port

The Tuticorin Port has been named as the VO Chidambaranar Port. It is strategically placed close to the East-West international sea routes on the southeastern coast of India. Located in the Gulf of Mannar, with Sri Lanka on the southeast and the Indian land mass on the west, this port is well sheltered from storms and cyclonic winds. The port is op...

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Ennore Port

Ennore Port was recently renamed as Kamarajar Port. Kamarajar Port is located on the Coromandel Coast, about 24 km north of Chennai Port, Chennai, and is the 12th major port of India. The port was declared as a major port under the Indian Ports Act, 1908 in March 1999 and incorporated as Ennore Port Ltd under the Companies Act, 1956 in October 1999...

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Cochin Port

Cochin Port is one of the major ports between the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, situated in the state of Kerala in India. It is also one of the largest ports in the country and is governed by the Cochin Port Trust. It was first opened for commercial use in 1928. Cochin is presently the fastest growing logistic centre emerging into a major I...

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Kandla Port plays a major role in the country's international trade. Having notched up a string of successes, it has emerged as a forerunner and has carved a niche for itself by its steady growth and economy of operations. It is situated in the Kandla Creek and is 90 km from the mouth of the Gulf Of Kachchh. It is a protected natural harbour. ...

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Paradip Port

Paradip Port is the only major Port in the state of Odisha, which is situated 210 nautical miles south of Kolkata and 260 nautical miles north of Visakhapatnam. Founded by late Sri Biju Patnaik, the then Chief Minister of Odisha, the port is managed by the Government of India. Paradip Port has been declared as the eight major port of the country b...

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Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was developed to relieve the pressure off Mumbai port and was commissioned in 1989. It serves most of North India and has good hinterland connectivity through road and rail networks. JNPT is a container-focused port with container traffic of 57.9 million metric tonnes (MMT), and handled traffic up to 64.5 MMT in F...

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Established in 1881, Chennai Port is the third oldest port among the 12 major ports of India. It has a terminal shunting yard and runs its own railway operations inside the harbour. The port’s railway lines run up to 68 kilometres (km) and handled 4360 rakes (239412 wagons) and an all-time high of 61.06 million tonnes (MT) of cargo in the perio...

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Mundra Port

Mundra Port Mundra Special Economic Zone Ltd (MSEZL) was incorporated in November 2003, to set up an special economic zone (SEZ) at Mundra. MSEZL was merged with Gujarat Adani Port Ltd (GAPL) in April 2006 and the company was renamed as Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited, to reflect the nature of business. The board of MPSEZL on November...

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