In view of the excellent performance by Port Trusts during the year 2015-16, the Ministry of Shipping has rewarded the best performers. The awards were conferred during the review meeting held in Goa earlier this month. The awards were given in four categories namely:
(1) Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16
(2) Port with highest growth rate in traffic
(3) Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters
(4) Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus
(5) Special Award
The winners of the above mentioned awards were:
Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16: The top three ports who achieved the RFD targets for 2015-16 were
(2) V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust
(3) Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Port with highest growth rate in traffic: The award for the Port with highest growth rate in traffic was given to Mormugao Port Trust. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust came second while Kolkata Port Trust was third on the list. Mormugao port showed a 41.23 % positive variation as compared to last year. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust showed a positive variation of 13.68% as compared to last year while Kolkata Port Trust showed a variation of 8.43 %.
Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters: Paradip Port Trust has achieved outstanding efficiency parameters among the major Ports. Vessel turn round time has been drastically reduced by 36% from 7.01 days in 2014-15 to 4.50 days during 2015-16. Similarly, berth day output has also increased by 19% from 17,736 metric tonnes to 21,139 metric tonnes.
Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus : This award was bagged by Cochin Port Trust which showed a massive increase of 230% as compared to 2014-15. The operating surplus in 2014-15 in case of Cochin Port Trust was 20 which jumped to 66 in 2015-16.
Special Award: A special award was conferred to Kandla Port Trust for achieving 100MT traffic in 2015-16.
These awards were given away by the Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari.