Replying to a query on the performance of the port, on the sidelines of ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) on Tuesday, AV Ramana, Chairman of NMPT, attributed this decline to factors such as the shutdown of MRPL (Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd) refinery units for some days during the period.

He said water scarcity in Mangaluru had forced MRPL to shut-down some units in the refinery complex.

The refinery was also shut-down during monsoon as there was landslide in its premises. He said the cargo handling has come down by around 11 per cent due to a drop in crude intake by MRPL.