Ports & Terminals
Hazira (dry bulk & unit cargo)
Vizag (dry bulk cargo)
Paradip (dry bulk cargo)
The substantial growth in traffic came on the back of an improving steel market, leading to enhanced capacity utilisation of Essar Steel, which is Essar Port’s anchor customer.
The traffic growth was also helped by the 50% increase in third-party cargo volumes during the first half of FY 2017-18.
The iron ore terminal at Vizag Port surpassed past benchmarks and was able to deliver productivity in excess of 60,000 TPD. The productivity is expected to be in excess of 100,000 TPD in Q3 of FY 2017-18.
In the third quarter, Essar Ports is also expected to commission its terminal facility in Vizag Port on the east coast of India.
Commenting on the performance, Mr Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports, said: “The first half of FY18, as well as the second quarter of the current financial year, have been very promising for Essar Ports. We completed the monetisation of the Vadinar Oil Terminal (VOTL), and our facilities (which now exclude VOTL) handled 17.35 million tonnes of cargo, registering 19% growth. We are confident of further growth and performance improvements in the next two quarters of the fiscal, as we prepare to commission our project at Vizag.”