Port Pipavav is located in the Saurashtra region of the state of Gujarat at a distance of about 135 kms. South West of Bhavnagar. The potential of the Pipavav site, for the development of a deep-water port was known since 1937. For decades the port was functioning as Pipavav anchorage serving the then existing minor Port called 'Port Albert Victor'.'Port Pipavav, India's first port in the private sector is promoted by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operator in the world. APM Terminals is the largest shareholder in the port, the other shareholders of the company include New York Life International India Fund (Mauritius) LLC, IDFC Infrastructure Fund, The Infrastructure Fund of India, IL&FS Trust Company Ltd., Jacob Ballas Capital India Pvt. Ltd., Unit Trust of India, Industrial Development Bank of India and India Infrastructure Fund.
Cargo handling operations at the Port commenced in November 1996. Port Pipavav has created extensive infrastructure to handle container, bulk and liquid cargo. The port today handles a variety of bulk cargo ranging from coal, steel to fertilizers. The container terminal at the port today offers direct weekly services to Europe, US East Coast and the Far East. Port Pipavav is today recognized as one of the principal gateways on the West Coast of India. Till date Port Pipavav has handled more than 22 million tons of cargo, and more than Rs.7 billion has been invested in the development of the port.