Gujarat’s minor ports see 15% surge in cargo handling in Q1 FY25

Cargo traffic at Gujarat’s minor ports surged by 15 percent in the first quarter of FY25, rising from 106 million metric tons (MMT) in the same period of FY24 to 122 MMT. Private ports and captive jetties were the primary drivers of this growth, handling over 90 percent of the total cargo at Gujarat’s non-major ports, according to an official release.

From April to June 2023, private facilities, including private ports and captive jetties, managed 97 MMT of cargo out of a total of 105.7 MMT. This figure increased to 114.4 MMT out of 122 MMT during the same period in 2024. Private ports demonstrated remarkable growth, with their share rising from 53 percent in FY24 to 58 percent in FY25. They handled 56.4 MMT in the first quarter of FY24, which surged to 70.7 MMT in the first quarter of FY25, marking a growth of roughly 20 percent or 14.3 MMT.

Conversely, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)-operated ports experienced a 9 percent decline in cargo handling, with volumes dropping from 6.04 MMT in Q1 FY24 to 5.53 MMT in the same period of FY25. Private jetties also saw a decrease in traffic, with cargo volumes falling from 2.6 MMT in Q1 FY24 to 2.1 MMT in FY25, a reduction of approximately 23 percent.

In contrast, captive jetties recorded a 7 percent increase in cargo traffic, handling 43.7 MMT in Q1 FY25 compared to 40.6 MMT in the same period of FY24.

“We are proud of this achievement,” said Shri Rajkumar Beniwal, VC & CEO of GMB. “The growth we have witnessed is not just a number; it represents the commitment and collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders. We remain dedicated to driving further improvements and sustaining this growth trajectory.”