Environment Cell was established by Gujarat Maritime Board during 1998. It is first of its own kind among all State Maritime Boards and Port Trusts across the country. The Green way of assessment of the any port project is the " projects which are not proved environmentally sustainable do not also remain commercially viable any more.” Thus, the projects which are taken up by GMB is reviewed by Environment Cell based on this principle.
The main objective of GMB is to Preserve, Protect and Conserve the coastal and marine environment while developing and maintaining ports and port led infrastructure in Gujarat which Environment Cell try to fulfill as per existing regulatory framework. i.e First of all, while planning of any project, negative impacts on prevailing environment are to be avoided, if such impacts could not be avoided, planning is done to minimize the impacts, in case minimization of the adverse impacts are not possible, compensation to balance to negative impacts are reviewed, if compensation is also not possible then projects are subject to either drop or change in location with the same exercise of minimization, mitigation and elimination approach.
- Commissioning Environment Impact Assessment studies and obtaining Environment and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances for port and ports infrastructure.
- Preparing and upgrading the Environment Management Plan for ports, Ship Recycling Yard and Ship Building yards.
- Commissioning various scientific studies to understand complex problems for evolving better environment management to cater sustainable development of Coastal regions.
- Ship Recycling Sector
- Ship Building Sector
- Port Sector
- Fisheries Harbour Works
- Operation of State of Art Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility (TSDF) has been developed to upgrade environment management at Alang which includes:
- Effluent Treatment Plant
- Landfill cells
- As part of development of preventive technologies in handling asbestos and other wastes in ship recycling, GMB commissioned a Health Risk Assessment Study for concerned workers engaged in ship recycling which have such specific exposure through Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) Institution, National Institute of Occupational Health, GOI.
- As part of commitment of GMB to encourage ship building industry in the state, the Env Cell facilitates in obtaining CRZ clearances to ship building yards including identification of suitable site for sustainable ship building locations along the Gujarat Coast.
- Consolidated Consent & Authorization (CC&A) for all GMB ports have been obtained along with it regularly technical/general/water cess etc information is regularly updated online on Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) website.
- Gujarat Maritime Board has prepared "Oil spill contingency plan" by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa and submitted to Coast Guard, Government of India for approval. Oil spill response centre will be established for GMB ports in public private partnership mode after receiving approval from Coast Guard, Government of India.
- The work for preparation of "Oil Spill Response Centre (OSR) and Environment Management Plan (EMP)" at GMB ports is under progress under the scheme of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) funded by World Bank through Gujarat Ecological Commission (GEC).
- Work for empanelment of agencies for compliance of E-waste act completed and two agencies have been empanelled for E-waste management at Alang ship recycling yard.
- Review of Environment Management Plan from time to time and amendment in existing green clearances if any
- Environment Impact Assessment Studies along with detailed CRZ mapping has been carried out for proposed fisheries harbour project at Bhadeli-Jagala and Jaffrabad.