Ennore Port has achieved the fastest growth rate among all major ports with a 59 per cent increase in handling of cargo during the first half of the financial year.
The statistics have been revealed at a stage when ports across the country are struggling to keep up the momentum due to economic slowdown.
According to Ennore Port spokesman, the port handled 12.68 million tonnes of cargo during April-September this year, as against 8 million tonnes handled last year.
Giving out the figures, he said the port handled 6.92 million tonnes of coal cargo or State Electricity Board from April to September, when compared to 4.13 million tonnes handled in the same period last year.
Coal cargo handled other than TNEB was 3.68, more than one million tonnes more than it handled the same period last year (2.61 mt).
Cars and automobile cargo has increased to 1.08 million tonnes (89,579 units) when compared to 0.78 (65,244 units) million tonnes handled during the same period last year.
Other cargo handled by the port included chemicals (0.54 million tonnes) and liquefied petroleum gas (0.46 million tonnes).