Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) 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”.
With foresighted thinking and strategically located longest coastline of 1600 kms, GMB charted a different and unexplored route of port development in 1980s. This was the era when major ports enjoyed monopoly over sea freight, with very little or no port capacity with state governments. Today, Gujarat has transformed itself as the maritime gateway of India. GMB, an incubator of innovations, has come a long way from traditional port operations through its multiple port models. It has also 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.
To capture the strategic advantage of India’s longest coastline Gujarat is endowed with; develop maritime infrastructure, facilities & services comparable with global standards and to place Gujarat prominently on the international shipping map
To sustain, facilitate and excel in developing multi purpose port and logistic facilities and shipping related industry via its competent services and timely infrastructure development
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.