Gujarat Maritime Board

Gujarat is known to be one of the most industrial, revolutionary and a pioneering state in India. The maritime sector in the state is considered the most well developed and proactive sectors in the country. In course of 2011-12, the state handled around 259 million tons of cargo as against 231 million tones that were handled earlier. This marks an increase of 12.12% in the total traffic handled.

The state of Gujarat could attain the milestone by virtue of the 1600 kms long coastline, the proactive measures, strategic and innovative measures by the government. Apart from this, the Gujarat Maritime Board has offered the much required channelized guidance and support to ensure constant improvements.

Gujarat Maritime Board

Gujarat Maritime Board: The Evolutionary History

This board was created in 1982 by the Gujarat Maritime Board Act, 1981. It was created to look after the minor ports in Gujarat. With inception of the board, the stakeholders gathered under one roof and resolved all existing issues in the minor ports sections. Some of the issues that the board handled were delays and congestion, low loading rates, poor communication with hinterland, obsolete technology and so on.


After operating for two and half years, the Gujarat Maritime Board planned to develop the ports together with rail links and roads. It took up the initiative to privatize port services, facilitate captive and private jetties.  It was in 1995 that the State’s Port Policy Statement spelled out a strategy of the port led development that included creation of 10 new world class ports.

The port sector in Gujarat was placed in a completely new orbit, with the dawn of the new millennium. The Gujarat Maritime Board rolled out many new policies as New Shipbuilding Policy, Captive Jetty Expansion Policy and BOOT Policy to ensure port centric development in Gujarat.

Objectives of Gujarat Maritime Board

  • The board aims to maximize the coastal gains and extend the strategic advantages of the ports of Gujarat.
  • Capture maximum traffics at the ports of Gujarat and improve container traffic at the Gujarat Maritime Board ports
  • Develop the state as a Repair/Shipbuilding hub
  • Strengthen the role in bulk and liquid cargo
  • Offer infrastructure support, property and services to ensure private investment
  • Protect the environment from ecological degradation and abide by the GREEN laws
  • Promote different types of development that is centered on the ports such as Logistic Parks, Ro-Ro Ferry Terminal services, Marine Tourism, and Jetty Services.
  • Ensure security and safety at all levels of operation
  • Implement latest technology and bring innovation at different ports.

Gujarat Maritime Board Today

The Gujarat Maritime Board today looks after 41 minor ports with an aim to improve international trading relations and aid economic development in the state.

Vision of Gujarat Maritime Board
The board envisions tapping the strategic advantage of the longest coastline in India. It aims to develop the coastal regions to help them drive the economic condition of the state.

Mission of Gujarat Maritime Board
The board has a mission to excel, facilitate and keep up development of the ports for different purposes. With timely development of infrastructure, it aims to improve the shipping related industry and logistic facilities.

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