The State government should set up Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board to enable it access to Central Government funds, various schemes down the line and other shipping-related economic activities, Chairman of National Shipping Board P.V.K. Mohan said.

In a brief interaction with the media at the University Day Celebrations of National Maritime University, Visakhapatnam Campus, on Wednesday he said Gujarat had set up such a board 25 years ago developing shipyards, ship-breaking units etc. Capt. Mohan said international aid like that of Japanese government would also be made available to the State that had about 1,000 km coastline, the longest in the country.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has to pass a resolution and forward it to the Union Government to pave way for setting up the board.

The setting up of the board had also assumed significance in view of the decision to set up a shipyard and port in the State by the Ministry of Shipping.

The port would come up at Ramayampatnam in Prakasam district. Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district was also considered for the port but finally was out of reckoning.