Port Sector In Gujarat - Progress, Potential & The Way Forward
Port Security Perspectives and Challenges
India is aiming to improve its manufacturing competitiveness with the “Make in India” program. Ports are the catalyst of socio-economic development and aid long term growth track of the economy. The Government is making an attempt towards developing ports into manufacturing eco-systems which bring trade as well as investments. Ports also aid in generating employment and economic and industrial growth of an entire nation. The major ports are operating well in terms of financial statements, despite several drawbacks. It also indicates the significance to improve on these insufficiency at the earliest so that the stakeholders, especially the users are assisted by the improved efficiency in terms of cost and time.
The next part of growth in cargo capacity handled is expected to be led by the containers segment. As the global container and freight movement have been slacking in the past two years. We expect the same to recover globally over the next 2-3 years. In near future level of containerization pick-up to handle wider variety of cargo in India, since handling and transportation becomes faster and easier. The Sagarmala Programme aiming to increase depth of major ports so as to handle the mega vessels in the next 2-3 years. We expect Cargo container handling to reach 25 million TEU by 2020-21 across major and non-major ports from the current 13 million TEU. Non-major ports are expected to add higher capacity in the segment.
Gujarat – Nerve Centre of India's Port Sector
Gujarat has been continuously moving forward in the maritime trade of India due to its strategic advantage Gujarat can easy accessed to Middle East, Africa and Europe. Out of 47 ports located along its Coastline, 46 are non-major ports while one port, viz. Kandla is a major port. Gujarat constitutes 32% of the total national cargo handled by non-major ports. During the FY 2007–2016, cargo traffic in Gujarat increased at a CAGR of 10.17 per cent, with the cargo volume handled reaching 440 MMT in FY16. Favourable policies of the Gujarat government helped the state in gaining private investors interest in port related activities. Kandla port handled 499.68 million tonnes of cargo traffic, during April 2016 to January 2017. Overall India’s cargo traffic increased by 7.14 percent privately operated greenfield ports in India.
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INFRACTRUCTURE AND PORTS 2018
As per Maritime Agenda 2020, Ministry of Shipping Projected traffic for 2019-20 in Indian ports is 1280.13 MMT out of which 565.00 MMT will be handled by ports of Gujarat. It also states that capacity at Gujarat’s non-major ports would reach 864 MMTPA by 2019-20 which is 52% of the total capacity enhancement at all non-major ports of India. Key Growth drivers of the port sector in Gujarat are positive regulatory environment, strategic location, industrial growth, and various initiatives like Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Special investment Region, Dedicated Freight Corridor, and Industrial Corridor etc. Realizing the importance of this it was our effort to understand the world's best practices with regard to Maritime development in Gujarat. Keeping this in mind, the 8th National Conference on Infrastructure and Ports with the theme "Port-Led Development in Gujarat for Better Tomorrow” was being organized on October 21, 2016 at H.T Parekh Auditorium, Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Ahmedabad with a support from Gujarat Maritime Board.
Shri Kalpesh Vithlani, GM (Projects), Gujarat Maritime Board, Gandhinagar delivered the special address. Shri K. K. Sinha, CEO, Essar Ports Ltd, Mumbai and Shri Nitin Shukla, Adviser, Shell India (Royal Dutch Shell Group), Ahmedabad was the guests of honour. The keynote address was delivered by Shri Mehul Khakhi, Project Director, Mott MacDonald Private Limited, Ahmedabad. The conference was inaugurated by the dignitaries on the dias.
The conference was divided into three technical sessions covering almost all aspects of port and allied industry. Around 15 experts and industry leaders shared their experiences and make presentations on various critical issues, Technological Innovations, case studies, etc. The deliberations was gone a long way in creating awareness regarding the opportunities and challenges in port-led developments in Gujarat. Around 300 delegates from across India turned the venue of the conference happily overcrowded.
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Gujarat Maritime Board was created in 1982 under the Gujarat Maritime Board Act, 1981, to manage, control and administer the minor ports of Gujarat.
Inception of Gujarat Maritime Board brought all stakeholders under one roof and resolved the then existing issues in the Port sector like obsolete technology, low loading rates, congestion and delays, poor connectivity with the hinterland etc.
Over the next two and half decades of operation, GMB planned the integrated development of new ports, along with the required road and rail links. It also took a lead in developing privatizing port services as well as facilitating private and captive jetties. The State’s Port Policy Statement of December 1995 spelled out an explicit strategy of port-led development, including the creation of 10 completely new world-class ports, in which private-sector participation played a dominant role. At the crack of new millennium, the sector received a thrust, which put the port sector in Gujarat in a completely new orbit. GMB explicitly came out with many policies as BOOT Policy, Captive Jetty Expansion Policy, and New Shipbuilding Policy to promote port led development in the State.
GMB presently manages the 46 minor ports of the State with a vision 'To enhance and harness ports and international trade as vehicles for economic development'. It is perhaps the only maritime body with an enviable feat, nationally and internationally.
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