Mukho Port

From Global Energy Monitor

The Mukho Port (or Mukho Hang) is a coal-handling port established in Donghae, South Korea.

In the past, the terminal played an important role in the shipping of coal and cement. It is located north of the Donghae Port, which is now a key coal port in the region, though it is unclear if the Mukho Port still handles coal.


The Mukho Port is located in Donghae, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It is located north of the Donghae Port.

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Coal handling background

Situated in Donghae, Mukho Port opened in 1941 and used to be the most prolific trading port on the east coast. However, with the steady change in the economy, it has now become an important fishing and tourist area.[1]

The Donghae Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries's website summarized the following about the Mukho Port: [2]

"Since it has been developed as coal-shipping port, along with development of Jangseong and Dogye coal mine in 1930s, it has served as advance base for hard coal and cement cargo, with coal loading facility, as well as has provided important role for coastal fishery industry. As coal industry has been on decline the efforts have been shifted to attracting alternative cargo such as limestone, dolomite and iron stone. Its function will be further expanded to become an advance base for inter-Korean trade and the base port that will lead Ulreungdo sightseeing project."

A 1985 World Bank document described a Mukho Port project involving the construction of two new coal loading piers, one on each side of the old pier; the installation of new coal loading equipment; rehabilitation of the central wharf; improvement of the breakwater; and dredging alongside the piers and wharf. The port handled 2.8 million tons of freight (cement and coal) in 1970 and 4.5 million tons in 1980.[3]

As of 2021, Mukho's total annual capacity was 6.3 million tonnes.[4]

Project Details

  • Operator: Donghae Regional Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office
  • Location: Donghae, South Korea
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): 6.3 (all cargo)
  • Status: Operating (potentially retired)
  • Type: Imports
  • Sources of coal:

Articles and resources


  1. "Mukhohang Port (묵호항)," Visit Korea, accessed October 2021
  2. "Mukho Port," Donghae Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, accessed October 2021
  3. "Report No. 5756: Korea's First and Second Port Projects," World Bank, June 28, 1985
  4. "General Information," Donghae Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, accessed October 2021

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