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Vibrant Gujarat 2013: Sectoral Seminar on Enhancing Sustainability in Ports and Port-led development in Gujarat

The overall port capacity in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.4% from 930 million tonnes in FY11 to 3,126 million tons in FY20. The capacity at non-major ports is projected to expand at a faster CAGR of 20.7% and is expected to increase from 370 million tonnes in the FY 2011-12 to 1,666 million tonnes by 2020. As compared to this, the estimated capacity at major ports is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% during this period, from 690 million tonnes to 1,460 million tonnes. The share of non major ports in port capacity is anticipated to increase from 41.2% in FY11 to 53.3% by 2020. Gujarat ports account for 37% of traffic in the total national port traffic more than any other State. This includes the major port of Kandla. The non-major ports accounted for 28% of the total national cargo throughput in the FY 11-12. The total port capacity of Gujarat non-major ports has more than doubled in the last decade, from 135 MMT in 2001 to 259 MMT in the FY 2011-12 and it is projected that the capacity of Gujarat Non Major Port is targeted to exceed 1000MMT by 2020. The Ministry of Shipping has launched Maritime Agenda 2010-20. This agenda is a perspective plan of the Ministry for this decade and provides a road map for comprehensive development of the maritime sector. India has announced a combined US$ 110 billion package to develop its ports and shipbuilding industry by 2020. The ten-year plan - Maritime Agenda 2010-2020, intends to develop the Indian Ports capacity to 3,126 million metric tonnes (MMT) to handle the expected traffic of about 2,495 MMT by 2020. This will replace the existing US$ 30 billion with NMDP, which is due to expire in March 2012. The port sector under the new plan would invest US$ 66 billion, majority of which will be from private investors. To achieve the comprehensive development in the maritime sector, there are some challenges involved, Meeting cargo demand and vessel Traffic by, expanding and upgrading marine cargo handling facilities & Infrastructure ,adequate depth in navigation channel and construction of new berths and jetties to accommodate post-panamax vessels, port mechanization, implementing IT solutions for better productivity, hinterland and last mile connectivity and other support infrastructure Vessel traffic, ports expansion/infrastructure growth leading to environmental challenges Creating conducive business environment to attract private sector investment for the port development Tax, Legal & Regulatory framework and Politics Security Clearances Requirement of skilled manpower Therefore there is a need of sustainable development in meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To find a way out, there should be optimal solution in achieving balance between social, economic and environmental parameters for sustainable development in ports.

Event Details
To take this vision forward, Government of Gujarat organises a sectoral seminar event with the theme Enhancing sustainability in Ports and Port led development in Gujarat on 11 January 2013 between 14.00 hrs & 17.30 hrs at the Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. This theme focuses on the sustainable development of

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ports in Gujarat. As denoted by the Brundtland Commission which defined the term Sustainability in the report Our Common Future in 1987, as Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The objectives of this seminar are many-fold. Some of them are listed below: Contemplating a long term strategic development vision with focus on socio-economic and environmental benefits for the ports Promoting sustainable development initiatives to ensure improving the safety, security, environmental soundness and efficiency of maritime activities, enhancing marine environment protection and promoting sustainable livelihoods Evolving strategies related to environmental protection that could be adopted Identifying manpower requirement for specialized maritime services

The Seminar will attempt to discuss the agenda for sustainable development of ports and port regions. It will also be a platform to interact with renowned speakers from different background and countries on various topics like Green ports, sustainable operations, sustainable finance, human resource development, maritime cluster development, etc.

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