Gujarat has embraced the concept of integrated port-led development of its non-major ports, supported by last-mile rail/road connectivity. Gujarat’s non-major ports equipped with state-of-the-art facilities are efficiently handling multipurpose commodities and are being constantly upgraded as per the changing maritime scenario.
Gujarat has been a first mover in the maritime industry and is fast emerging as a leader in the ‘Blue Economy’ of the world. A thriving maritime sector has been a key driver of growth for the state. Gujarat, was the first State in India to privatise the state port sector and successfully develop some of the finest all-weather, deep-water Greenfield ports on a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) basis along its 1600 km long coastline.
The Gujarat Maritime Board has established itself as maritime leader in port development, privatisation and specialised cargo handling in India. It is also the first maritime board of the country which was created up in 1982 with a vision “To enhance and harness ports and international trade as vehicles for economic development”.
GMB has effectively implemented a unique business model, becoming a beacon of growth and placing the non-major ports of Gujarat as benchmarks for others to follow.
The ports under the jurisdiction of Gujarat Maritime Board are grouped into 10 Group of Ports, namely – Magdalla, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Jafrabad, Veraval, Porbandar, Okha, Jamnagar, Navlakhi and Mandvi.
To encourage port-based industries, private companies have been granted permission to construct captive jetties on BOMT (Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer) basis to cater to their import-export requirement. As per this model, a port-based industry creates port facilities to import their industrial raw material and export their finished products. These jetties can be used till the industry for which the jetty was constructed is operational.
As a part of the short-term development strategy, existing GMB port facilities are offered to private companies to be developed on BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) model through private investment.