GANDHINAGAR: As a strategic collaboration to develop the Port and Maritime Sector of Gujarat, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and Port of Rotterdam (PoR), during Vibrant Gujarat 2017. Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest Port in terms of cargo handling and has been a pioneer in implementing innovations in port sustainability, safety, accessibility, hinterland logistics and green energy, among many others. They have partnered and collaborated for port development and improvement of port operations with state and private organizations across the globe.
The MoU signed with Port of Rotterdam is with the objective of formulating a Maritime Perspective Plan for the Port and Maritime Sector of Gujarat. The Perspective Plan will focus on two main areas; one, framing of a detailed strategic plan for future projects and second being the development of skilled professionals in shipping and transport sectors by working closely with the proposed Gujarat Maritime University.
To strengthen the ties with the State and to understand the port and maritime sector ecosystem of Gujarat, representatives from the Port of Rotterdam (PoR), Mr. Marc E. Aartsen and Mr. Edvin van Espen, have been on an official visit to the State from 3 September to 9 September, 2017. During this period, series of meeting were held with GMB officials. A high level meeting was also held where H.E. Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands and PoR representatives had a discussion with the Hon’ble Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat, Shri. Vijay Rupani. New areas, where further strategic partnership between the two regions can be formed, were also discussed during the meeting.
This visit has been extremely fruitful for both sides and has helped in reinforcing mutual cooperation between GMB and PoR. It was discussed and agreed that both sides will actively share knowledge and experience in the field of Port Management and Development. Government Officials from GMB plan to visit Port of Rotterdam in the near future for further exchange of knowledge and to explore business opportunities as well as options of strategic tie-up with some ivy-league institutes in the field of Maritime Education, like STC or Erasmus, for the State’s first Maritime University which is being established by GMB.