Cargo throughout at the nation’s seaports stood at 19.66 million metric tonnes in the first quarter of this year, showing an increase of 14 per cent over the 17.25 million metric tonnes recorded in the first quarter of 2013.
A breakdown of the throughput figure shows that general cargo, containerised goods inclusive, contributed 6.32 million metric tonnes or 32.2 per cent to the throughput figure, witnessing slight increases of 1.4 per cent over the 6.23 million metric tonnes recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. 2.3 million Metric tonnes of dry bulk cargo were handled at the ports in the first three months of the year as against 1.97 million metric tonnes handled in the same period of last year.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipment accounted for 27.4 per cent of the cargo throughput at 5.39 million metric tonnes compared to 3.75 million metric tonnes handled in the corresponding period of last year. The increase in LNG cargo was 43.8 per cent. Refined petroleum products handled at the ports stood at 4.61 million metric tonnes representing 23.5 per cent of the total cargo throughput.