The GMB was founded in 1982 under the Gujarat Maritime Board Act, 1981. Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is a government agency of the Government of Gujarat, a state of India. It controls, manages, and operates a total of 44 minor ports in Gujarat including some with private companies and 10 offices.
From 3% of the total national port traffic handled by minor ports of Gujarat in 1982-83, they grew to handle 31% of total national port traffic in 2016-17. They also handle 71.3% of all minor port traffic in India. In 2018-19, minor ports of Gujarat handled a total of 542 MMT of cargo. They are one of the fastest-growing Gujarat government marine agencies.