India’s Cochin Port has reported a 12.5% increase in cargo throughput of 17.43 million tons in 2009.

The figure adds nearly two million tons to the 15.49 million tons of cargo the port handled in 2008-09, according to The Hindu.

During the year the port’s container traffic rose 11% to 289,817teu compared to 260,784teu in 2008-09.

Vessel traffic at the port increased 18%, while the average turnaround time of ships rose 3% and the average ship berth day output improved 2%, the statement read.

Cochin Port expects to handle 19.11 million tons of cargo in 2010.