Views of Vijay Rupani: Chief Minister, Gujarat, on the port sector

Chief Minister, Gujarat, on the port sector

“Gujarat is a frontrunner maritime state and has created a model of port development for other states to emulate.”

“Port and port-led development has been our mantra in Gujarat.”

“Coming out of the conventional model of port operations, Gujarat has diversified into different areas – from capacity building to skill development, from shipbuilding to recycling, from developing world-class maritime landmarks to maritime clusters, Gujarat has it all.”

“Over the years, taking advantage of the longest coastline of 1,600 km among all maritime states, Gujarat has aimed at safe, secure and environment-friendly port development and operations, supporting nation development.”

“Gujarat has always believed in creating an ecosystem through a cluster-driven ap-proach by adopting and initiating different concepts of port-led development like integrated coastal zone management, green ship recycling, marine shipbuilding parks, and, now a maritime services cluster.”

“We are envisioning the development of a world-class maritime university to cater to the growing need for providing skilled manpower as well as to promote research and innovation in the maritime sector.”

“Gujarat handles more than 40 per cent of the total national cargo throughput. Gujarat is a leader in the three C’s – crude, coal and containers.”

“Gujarat is the only state in India to have a ‘cradle to graveyard’ concept for ships. We are the national leaders in shipbuilding and at the same time, the world’s largest ship recycling yard at Alang is located in Gujarat.”

“Gujarat is set to play an active role in the flagship initiatives of the Government of India like Make in India and Sagarmala.”

“Gujarat has a proud legacy of seafaring, beginning with the creation of the world’s first dockyard at Lothal around 4,000 years ago. Our aim is to build on this legacy, by not only developing state-of-the-art port facilities, but venturing beyond, to port-led development of cities, the state and the country, and, most importantly, to developing the human capital of the country. This is where the Gujarat Maritime University will make an impact.”

“It will be our effort to reach out to young minds and introduce them to shipping as a profession. Our efforts are to ensure that students realise the potential job opportunities the maritime sector has to offer.”

“The maritime cluster project envisions making Ahmedabad the maritime capital of the country and placing Gujarat prominently on the international shipping map.”

“Gujarat leads the country in terms of traffic, capacity and development of port facilities. These achievements have come through the visionary and transparent policies of the Gujarat government and the hard work, vision and proactive efforts of all the stakeholders involved.”

“Our sights are firmly set on continuing to lead the country’s maritime sector, fostering innovation, developing world-class port facilities and harnessing the enormous potential of our vast coastline.”

“Our vision is to capture the strategic advantage of India’s longest coastline that Gujarat is endowed with; develop maritime infrastructure, facilities and services comparable with global standards.”