SKIL with the foresight of the proposed privatization of ports, in 1991, joined hands with the Government of Gujarat to promote and develop the Port of Pipavav into a modern all weather deep water direct berthing sea port on the coast of Gujarat. Located between Mumbai and Kandla as the first port in the country to be developed in joint sector with private initiative, capital and management, it was christened as Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited (GPPL).
In comparison to other ports on India’s west coast, Pipavav port has considerable advantages being an all-weather port and having one of the deep drafts among the west coast ports that enable it to receive larger ships. Moreover, the port’s relative proximity (compared to Mumbai and JN Port) to Northern India’s hinterland as well as the port’s efficiency made it highly cost-effective for cargo movements between the ports. The port is naturally protected by islands which shelter and protect it from the south-westerly waves and monsoon swells, permitting easy and safe navigation of ships.