The Ministry of Shipping – Major Ports in India

Ministry of Shipping – पोत परिवहन मंत्रालय

Maritime Transport comes under the Ministry of Shipping. It’s a much-needed infrastructure that is indisputable for the social as well as economic development of India. Maritime Transport has a significant influence on the structure and the pace of India’s growth and development. The Ministry of Shipping focuses on ports sectors and shipping department. It includes ship-repair, shipbuilding, national waterways, major ports, transport and inland water. This Ministry also formulates various programmes and policies for appropriate implementation of these things.ministry of shipping

The Department of War Transport came into existence 1942 after the division of the Department Of Communications. They divided it into two parts. They are as follows

  • The Department of War Transport and
  • The Department of Ports

Major ports in India

India consists of 13 major ports. Apart from that 200 intermediate and minor ports are available in India. Ports are vital for the overall development of a country. This is because maritime transport carries our country’s 95% transport, volume wise and 70% transport, value wise. 13 Major ports in India are:ports in india

  • Kolkata Port
  • New Mangalore Port
  • Paradip Port
  • Cochin Port Trust
  • Mumbai Port
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port
  • Kandla Port
  • Chennai Port
  • Vishakhapatnam Port or Vizag port
  • Ennore Port
  • Port Blair Port
  • Tuticorin port
  • Mormugao Port

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Attached Offices

  • Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships
  • Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Subordinate Offices

  • Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works – ALHW
  • Directorate General of Shipping
  • Seamen’s Provident Fund Organisation

The Sagarmala Programmesagarmala project

The Government of India (भारत सरकार) has taken the initiative to create the Sagarmala Project, worth ₹8.5 trillion. The Sagarmala Programme focuses on the new mega ports setting. This Programme also focuses on modernization of existing ports and developing CEZs or Coastal Employment Zones as well as Coastal Employment Units. This Programme also focuses on improving the port connectivity through road, logistics parks, rail, waterways, and pipelines, etc.

Schemes, Programmes, and Missions

  • Public-Private Partnership Website
  • Sagarmala – India’s coastline and maritime sector development plan

DG Shippingdg shipping

The Ministry of Shipping’s attached office is the DG Shipping or the Directorate General of Shipping. DG Shipping deals with all the matters regarding merchant shipping. Indian shipping didn’t get prime importance at the time of independence. Later on, the state policy focussed on this particular subject. Till 1949 the Ministry of Commerce used to deal with this subject. In 1951, the Ministry of Transport and Shipping took the responsibility. After Independence Day, the Government of India (Bharat Sarkar) felt the necessity of the development of this industry. So, the National Policy on Shipping came into existence. In 1949, the Government decided to establish an Administrative organization. In this way, the Government of India (GOI) founded the Directorate General of Shipping.

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Divisions, Units, and Wings

  • Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding, Goa


  • Indian Ports Association

PSUs and Joint Ventures

  • Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited – CIWTC
  • Cochin Shipyard Limited
  • Dredging Corporation of India, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Ennore Port Limited
  • Hooghly Dock and Port Engineers Limited – HDPEL
  • Sethusamudram Corporation Limited
  • Shipping Corporation of India Limited – SCI

Statutory Bodies

  • Inland Waterways Authority of India – IWAI
  • National Shipping Board, New Delhi

Academies and Institutions

  • Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training
  • Indian Maritime University

Ministry of Shipping Website:
Contact Number: +91 11 23711252,23710121
Fax Number: +91 11 23719023
Address Info:
Transport Bhawan,
Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001,