Chongjin Port

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Chongjin Port reportedly handles coal exports and is located in North Hamgyong, North Korea.


The satellite image below shows Chongjin, a city in North Hamgyong, North Korea.

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Chŏngjin (청진시) is the capital of North Korea's North Hamgyong Province and the country's third largest city. It is sometimes called the City of Iron. Chongjin Port is thought to be the second most economically important (after Nampo port on the west coast).[1]

In 2012, there were plans to convert Chongjin into a special economic zone (SEZ), which could be restricted to Chinese investments only.[2]

The Chongjin Port reportedly has two main harbor areas: one specializing in coal and iron ore exports and the other mainly handling imports of general and bulk cargo. The port is home to floating and multi-purpose cranes allowing for container handling.[3]

In 2015, operations at the Chongjin SEZ were expected to revolve mainly around developing metals, machinery and electronics, and manufacturing for exports using the Chongjin Port. The port was reportedly was already being utilized by China to ship coal and other goods in northeastern China to southern regions or other countries.[4]

In August 2017, the U.N. banned North Korea from trading coal.[5] The 15-member body had been unanimously boosting sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.[6]

However, coal may have been shipped from Chongjin Port after the ban to Russian ports where it was reportedly falsely labeled as Russian-origin coal.[7][8]

Project Details

  • Owner: Unknown
  • Location: Chongjin, North Hamgyong, North Korea
  • Coordinates: 41.7816, 129.8204 (approximate)
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): Unknown
  • Status: Operating
  • In Service:
  • Type: Exports
  • Source of Coal:

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