|Western Coast||Eastern Coast|
|Kandla (child of partition)||Kolkata-Haldia (riverine port)|
|Mumbai (busiest and biggest)||Paradip (exports raw iron to Japan)|
|Jawahar Lal Nehru (fastest growing)||Vishakjapatnam (deepest port)|
|Marmugao (naval base also)||Chennai (oldest and artifical)|
|Mangalore (exports Kudremukh iron-ore)||Ennore (most modern-in private hands)|
|Cochin (natural Harbour)||Tuticorin (southernmost )|
Few Facts about some port:- Among major ports, Mumbai is the biggest. Kandla is a tidal port. Marmugao enjoys the second position by value of the tonnage of the bulk of which is export of Iron core. Vishakhapatnam is the deepest land-locked and protected port. Chennai has an artificial harbour, Kolkata is a riverine port, Haldia has a fully equipped containerised berth.
Shipping:- Overseas shipping has an extremely important role to play in India’s international trade. The country has the largest merchant shipping fleet among developing countries and ranks 17th in the world in shipping tonnage. There were 102 shipping companies in country operating as on 31 March 2000, includes shipping corporation of India, a public sector undertaking.