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.
Furthermore, the port infrastructure under Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)’s ambit across the 10 Group of Ports is classified into four categories, as below:
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 exports their finished products. These jetties can be used till the industry for which the jetty was constructed is operational.
As a part of 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.
GMB’s Port Policy of 1995 and BOOT Policy in 1997 spelled out an explicit strategy of port-led development, including the creation of new ports of international standards, in which private sector participation played a dominant role. The Gujarat Infrastructure Development Act 1999 further accelerated the process of decision making for the port sector and created the legal environment and framework within which private investment can flow to the state. GMB under its Port Privatization Model has been actively promoting and developing Greenfield Ports. It has identified Greenfield sites to develop all weather direct berthing ports in participation with private port players. These port projects are developed under BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model.
Gujarat Maritime Cluster is conceived as a dedicated ecosystem of Ports, Maritime / Shipping and Logistics services providers along with pertinent Government Regulators, in the same geographic ensemble (GIFT City), leveraging on their proximity and improved access, thus enhancing the competitiveness and growth of the maritime sector.