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Cruising Through: Gujarat Maritime Board

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Gujarat Maritime Board has witnessed impressive 7.24 per cent growth in 2017-18 on the back of progressive policies and support from the government regulators, tactical strategies of private ports and spurt in demand for specific commodities. In an interview Mukesh Kumar, Vice Chairman & CEO, Gujarat Maritime Board, tells us how the growth of non-major ports has improved the quality of the port infrastructure and how Gujarat is leveraging benefits of Sagarmala project for strengthening its maritime infrastructure. 

In 2017-18, the GMB regulated ports registered a growth of 7.24 per cent and handled 370.7 million metric tonne cargo. How did you achieve this feat? 
GMB  has followed the model of port led development through privatisation which has enabled the state’s non-major ports to currently contribute to 31 per cent of national maritime traffic, growing from a modest 3 per cent share in 1982. In 2017-18, Dahej region has shown substantial growth in handling LNG and Chemicals. Container traffic at Adani Mundra and Adani Hazira have witnessed substantial growth, whereas Navlakhi and Jafrabad port traffic growth has seen an uptick owing to increased movement of coal and cement clinkers respectively. The private ports have had the most growth (about 11 per cent) over the previous year and have already posted a robust growth of 16 per cent by handling 113 MMT of cargo in seven months period from April to October 2018. The 7.24 per cent growth in 2017-18 for the non-major ports have been a result of progressive policies and support from the government regulators, tactical strategies of private ports and spurt in demand for specific commodities. 


 

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