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 diversifying functions.
Kolkata Port, which celebrated its 144th birthday recently, was once the premier port of the country. However, due to its innate nature of innovation and adaptability including gravitating southwards to harness its deep drafted facilities and its huge potential in respect of movement of cargo through Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode, there had been a steady flourish in cargo and vessel handling and in different spheres of Port activity from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the port being positioned in the second and third slots, competing with other sea ports of the country.
Kolkata Port Trust:
|2015||The actual traffic handled during April 20114 to February 2015)stood at 40.51 MT.|
|2014||Handled around 41.386 million tonnes (MT) of cargo during 2013-14.|
|2011||Honourable Union Minister of Shipping, is presented the Rajbhasha Shield to Kolkata Port Trust|
|1870||The port was commissioned.|