Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The existing Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area has been divided to make two separate headquarters. This was marked by assuming of charge of Flag Officer, Gujarat by Rear Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar who until now was Flafg Officer, combined Area.
Rear Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade, took charge of Flag Officer Maharashtra Area from Rear Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar. Porbandar will be the headquarters of Gujarat area.
With a view to enhance operational and administrative organizational structure, the erstwhile Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area has been divided to make two separate headquarters under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area and Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area,” Navy said in a statement.
Gujarat’s coastline of more than 1600 km is interspersed with 43 ports. Of these, besides Kandla being a major port, 11 are intermediate and 31 are minor ports. In addition, there are 12 single point moorings (SPMs) in the Gulf of Kutch. Presently 120 million tons, i.e. 71% of the country’s oil and 73% of gas is imported though the Gulf of Kutch, which is only steadily increasing. The ports of Gujarat handle 300 million tons of cargo annually, which is 43% of the total maritime trade handled by the various ports of India.
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