"Pipavav port (in Bhavnagar district) was the first private port in Gujarat. Today it is doing about 14-15 million metric tonnes per annum. We came in much later than Pipavav, but we kept pushing ahead," said Captain Sansarchandra Chaube, general manager, Marine Service of APSEZ while addressing a gathering of students at a conference at Nirma University.
Pipavav port in 1998 became the first private port in India to start operations, three years before Mundra. These two ports in Gujarat were part of the state government's Build-Own-Operate-and-Tranfer (BOOT) policy of 1995.
"We are today, the largest commercial port in the country. How did it happen It was because of the innovations," said Chube while listing out a string of innovations that APSEZ brought in at Mundra.
Chaube also mentioned that the presence of a better team at APSEZ also helped Mundra overtake Union government controlled Kandla as the top most port in terms of cargo volumes earlier this year.
While Mundra port's cargo handling capacity has been growing at over 25 percent for the last five years and this year it clocked over 100 million metric tonnes of cargo overtaking Kandla in the process.
The APSEZ official also pointed out that Mundra port leapfrogged as the top most port in the country in a matter of nine years. "We were at the 13th place in the 2004-05," Chaube added.