Port sector is very crucial for the development of any nation. In order to meet the increasing trade requirements, capacity building of existing as well as new port has been given the highest priority with implementation of well-conceived infrastructure like Sagarmala, Unnati etc.
Towards easing “Ease of Doing Business”, the Shipping Ministry has identified many parameters for reducing turnaround time and transaction costs at the major ports, which include removal of manual forms, accommodation for laboratories to participating government agencies, direct port delivery, installation of container scanners, e-delivery orders, radio frequency identification-based gate-automation System, etc.,
Port Efficiency: Crucial for Port Development
Port efficiency is an important indicator of port performance. In India, the average Turn Around Time (TAT) came down from 82.3 hours in 2016-17 to 60.5 hours in 2018-19. Private Sector Port Mudra recorded 18-20 hours TAT while Public Sector Cochin recorded the shortest average turnaround time at 1.10 days. However, efficiency of India’s major ports reached now still remains more than two times of the best-performing ports in the world. Some of the most modern international ports like Klang, Shanghai, Yokohama, Barcelona, Singapore, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and Antwerp have less than one day TAT.
Gujarat’s - The Maritime State
Gujarat has been India’s maritime crown jewel. With longest coastline of 1,600 km, the state is best strategic location for sea trade to Middle East Countries, Europe and Africa for India. Gujarat has total 49 ports which includes one major port at Kandla and 48 non-major ports. Gujarat's handled total 40% of the national cargo (including 13% of Kandla Port) and Share of Gujarat in non-major ports is around 71 %. Gujarat is also the first state in India to invite private sector participation in the port sector.
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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 48 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.
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 ecosystems 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 this insufficiency at the earliest so that the stakeholders, especially the users are assisted by the improved efficiency in terms of cost and time.
The 9th National Conference on Infrastructure and Ports with the theme "Port Sector in Gujarat: Progress, Potential & The Way Forward” was organized on June 8, 2018, at H.T Parekh Auditorium, Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Ahmedabad. The conference aimed to help identify the opportunities and challenges involved in promoting the development of a Maritime Sector in Gujarat.
The guest for the inaugural session was Dr. Jay Narayan Vyas, an Economist and Thinker, Shri Devdatta Bose, Group Sector Head, Tata Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, Shri K. K. Sinha, Wholetime Director, Essar Ports Ltd., Mumbai and Shri Amlan Bora, Trade & Investment Commissioner, Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO), Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Jay Narayan Vyas delivered the special address. He has described the history of imports-exports of India, Importance of Ports and Sea transports. He mentioned the Statistical data of the Port sector considering economic factors. He has also covered the possible future threats and ways to avoid it. Dr. Vyas explained comparative Analysis on port operation in India Vs. China etc. He has also shared the vision for future prospects under the logistic sector.
The keynote speaker Shri Devdatta Bose shared his valuable experience on the subject of Port Sector In Gujarat: Progress, Potential & The Way Forward. He threw the lights on the statistics of the Port infrastructure of India and on Sagarmala Project. He has also covered the Maritime Cluster and way forward. Lastly highlighted the scope of Changes and Improvements.
Shri K. K. Sinha discussed the contribution of Port Sector in the GDP and the potential stake of it in trade. He shared the comparative analysis of China and India w.r.t growth challenges, development etc. He has also discussed the actions that should be taken further to conquer the challenges.
Shri Amlan Bora shared the background of the Netherlands. Further explained about the Netherlands being the gateway to Europe contributes significant amount through ports & Maritime Sector. He described the challenges in front of India Port Sector. He has also touched the topics of Energy/Renewable energy/ Energy transition, Waste of Chemicals, Digitalisation and innovations and Supply Chain Challenges. He threw light on Innovationer Ecosystem and need for the Sustainable infrastructure.
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 were 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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