Brief introduction


Gujarat is strategically located with India’s longest coastline of 1600 km and is the nearest maritime outlet to Middle East, Africa and Europe.The state has the highest number of operational ports and commercial cargo ports.

The state ranks first in cargo throughput amongst all Indian ports.The state has 49 ports which include 1 major port and 48 non-major ports which are geographically dispersed across south Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutchch region.

The State acts a natural gateway to the rich land-locked northern and central hinterland. It has a vast and fertile hinterland comprising west, north, and central India that constitutes a large amount to the total India trade. It has the longest coastline in India and has a multiple range of ports along with a wide range of cargos. Gulf of Cambay and Gulf of Kutch provides natural navigational safety and logistical advantage to northern and central parts of India and proximity to west Asia, Africa and Europe.

  • The State’s port policy announced in 1995 envisaged 10 new sites along the Gujarat coastline for development.
  • The Pipavav and Mundra ports are already in operation.
  • The Gujarat Chemical port terminal at Dahej has commenced operations since Jan 2001.
  • The LNG terminal at Dahej is developed by M/S Petronet India Ltd is operational from February, 2004.
  • The LNG terminal at Hazira is developed by Shell India Ltd. and is operational from April 2005.
  • The Solid cargo terminal at Dahej is operational since February 2012.
  • The Govt. of Gujarat and GMB has signed concession agreements with Pipavav,Mundra, Dahej, (Petronet LNG ltd), GCPTCL and Hazira, LNG Port and Bulk General Cargo terminal, Chhara Port and Dahej (Sterling) Port developers.