We believe we played a key role in opening up the major port sector for private participation. The container segment in particular, has exhibited a consistent growth story and we expect the momentum to continue. Leading international port operators and domestic entities have invested significantly in developing major and non-major ports and terminals in India.

At IDFC Project Finance, we have advised several private international port operators and domestic players on entry and investment strategies in the ports business. We are one of the leading financiers in the port sector in India.

We have a diversified portfolio covering (as financier and/or lead arranger and financier of debt) a wide range of geographical locations, a mix of major and non-major ports on the East and West coasts of India operated by international and domestic operators and several cargo categories including dry and liquid bulk and containers.

We were engaged by the Government to evolve the PPP framework including entry criteria, bid process and the model concession framework for major ports. We facilitated the processes of corporatizing the new major port of Ennore in South India. This was the first major port in the country to be corporatized.

Some of our projects for ports include

Advising on evolving an institutional and regulatory framework in consultation with World Bank and stakeholders for the Indian port sector.

Nominated by the Government (to advise the Planning Commission) to chair the working group on ports which was mandated to evolve the medium term development strategy for enhancing PPP in ports.

Financing several bulk terminals developed by prominent industrial groups.

Lead arrangers for the first private port of India at Pipavav, and also the bulk terminals at Jaigarh.

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