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India ports’ thermal coal volumes in Apr-Dec up 17% from a year ago

India’s 12 major government-owned ports handled around 78.24 million mt of thermal coal between April to December period, up 17% from the same period a year ago, according to latest data by the Indian Ports Association, or IPA released on Monday.

Coking coal shipments in the first nine months of the current fiscal year April 2018 to March 2019 also went up by 15% to 42.89 million mt compared with same period last year, the data showed.

Paradip port on the east coast handled the highest volume of thermal coal shipments during April to December at 24.39 million mt, up 21% from the corresponding period last year.

Kolkata port also on the east coast, received the highest coking coal shipments during the period under review at 14.12 million mt, up 55% year on year.

The 12 ports include Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Ennore, Chennai, VO Chidambaranar (Tuticorin), Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla.

Chennai and JNPT did not receive any coal in the April-December period.
Source: Platts

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