What are the 13 Major Ports in India?

By Ritika Pant|Updated : July 14th, 2022

There are 13 Major Ports in India. These are located in 9 coastal states. A port is a marine facility composing one or more harbours or loading areas, where yachts load and discharge shipments and passengers. 

Mumbai, Kandla, Mangalore, JNPT, Mormugao, and Cochin are west coast ports. The ports on India's east coast are Chennai, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Paradip, Kolkata, and Ennore.

13 Important Major Ports in India

There are more than 180 minor seaports and 13 major ports in India. India is serviced by 13 major ports (12 Government-owned and one private). The Government has devised innovative strategies to update the infrastructure of these listed ports through the Sagarmala project and the National Maritime Development Programme.

The 13 major ports in India are given below:

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Nhava Sheva), Navi Mumbai- Maharashtra
  • Kandla-Gujarat
  • Mumbai Port Trust-Maharashtra
  • Port Blair- Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • Ennore-Tamil Nadu
  • Kochi- Kerala
  • Tuticorin- Tamil Nadu
  • Mangalore-Karnataka
  • Paradip- Odisha
  • Visakhapatnam- Andhra Pradesh
  • Mormugao-Goa
  • Kolkata-West Bengal
  • Chennai- Tamil Nadu

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FAQs on What are the 13 major ports in India

  • Port Blair Port Trust has been the 13th major port in India since June 1, 2010, by Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. Not only this, it is the only major port in Andaman and Nicobar.

  • Thirteen major ports in India manage a lot of volume of shipment traffic. Mumbai, Kandla, Mangalore, JNPT, Mormugao, and Cochin ports are on the west coast, whereas Chennai, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Paradip, Kolkata, and Ennore ports are on the east coast. 

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