New Mangalore Port

From Global Energy Monitor

New Mangalore Port is a deep-water, all-weather port in Karnataka state on the west coast of India. The port has expanded in recent years, and is among several Indian ports planning to increase its coal-loading capabilities to cater to rising import demand.[1]


The port is in Panambur, Mangalore, and sits roughly halfway between the ports of Mormugao (170 nautical miles to the north) and Kochi (191 nautical miles to the south).[2] The newly constructed coal terminal at Berth 16 lies at the northwest corner of the harbor.

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The port's construction began in 1962. New Mangalore was declared India's 9th Major Port on May 4, 1974 and formally inaugurated by former prime minister Indira Gandhi on January 11, 1975.[2] It is called New Mangalore Port to distinguish it from the old harbour or port located in Mangalore city which is called by Mangalore bunder or Hale bunder. The old harbour is located to the south of New Mangalore port and is now being used for fishing and for ferrying small goods.

The port serves the hinterland of Karnataka state and to some extent the state of Kerala. The major commodities exported through the port are iron ore concentrates & pellets, iron ore fines, manganese, granite stones, coffee, cashew and containerized cargo. The major imports of the port are crude and petroleum products, coal, liquefied petroleum gas, wood pulp, timber logs, finished fertilizers, liquid ammonia, phosphoric acid, other liquid chemicals, containerized cargo, etc.


A 2012 Coal Age report on Indian coal terminals stated that New Mangalore's "coal imports typically average less than 300,000 metric tons per year, chiefly for the account of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers" but noted that New Mangalore's "coal imports are projected to reach 6.2 million metric tonnes by 2013, based on the construction of a new 1,000 mw power plant."[3]

Coal imports through New Mangalore totaled 4.02 million tonnes in fiscal year 2011-12[4] and increased to 6.91 million tonnes in fiscal year 2012-13.[5]

Port officials attribute the increase in volume to improvements in coal-handling infrastructure in recent years (deep draft berths, high-capacity mobile cranes, improved road networks and railway facilities)[5] and say they expect coal loading and unloading to be fully mechanized by 2017.[6]

The port's overall cargo handling capacity of 50.97 metric tonnes as of January 2012[7] had risen to 77.77 tons by August 2014, with plans to add an additional 5 million tonnes of capacity by 2015. New Mangalore Port Trust Chairman PC Parida noted that the port's total annual capacity for coal, containers and fertilizer combined was 15.7 million tonnes, and that the port still had surplus capacity for any cargo.[8]

In May 2015 Lanco Infratech concluded sale of its 1,200-MW Udupi power station to Adani Power. The power station has a captive jetty of 4 million tonnes per annum, and an external coal handling system located at the New Mangalore Port.[9]

As of 2017, coal continues to be an important commodity at New Mangalore Port. Increased handling of coal was cited as one reason for the port's increased cargo volume in the first half of FY2017-18 (from 17.49 to 19.54 million tonnes), putting the port on track for total cargo volume of over 40 million tonnes by the end of the year.[10]

In October 2019, the New Mangalore Port completed construction of a new mechanized coal terminal at Berth 16. The terminal increased the port's coal handling capacity by 6 million tonnes per year, for a total of 21 million tonnes of annual coal capacity. The expansion cost ₹469.46 crore (approximately US$66 million). The new port will be operated by Chettinad Builders.[11] JSW Infrastructure purchased ownership of Berth 16 along with two coal terminals at Kamarajar Port in 2020 as part of a ₹1,000 crore deal.[12] JSW's website lists the capacity of berth 16 as 7 million tonnes per year.[13]

The New Mangalore Port handled 5 million tonnes of coal in 2020, down from 6.4 million tonnes of coal handled in 2019.[14]

Project Details

  • Operator: New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT)
  • Location: Panambur, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): approximately 21 million (coal), 78 million (all cargoes combined)
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Imports
  • Coal source:

Articles and Resources


  1. "India’s 12 big ports see first signs of revival in cargo growth", LiveMint, October 17, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Welcome" New Mangalore Port Trust website, accessed February 2015.
  3. "The Coal Terminals of India ", Coal Age, April 30, 2012.
  4. "Coal fires New Mangalore Port cargo growth", The Hindu Business Line, December 9, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "New Mangalore Port handles record parcel size of coal", The Times of India, April 10, 2013.
  6. "NMPT to stop handling coal manually in three years", The Hindu, August 7, 2014.
  7. "NMPT to up cargo handling capacity by 7 mt", The Hindu Business Line, January 4, 2012.
  8. "NMPT has surplus capacity to handle any cargo: Chairman", The Hindu Business Line, August 7, 2014.
  9. "Adani completes Lanco’s INR 6,300-cr. Udupi power plant deal," Exim News Service, May 4, 2015
  10. "New Mangalore Port aims to handle 40MT cargo in 2017-18", The Times of India, October 4, 2017.
  11. Newly constructed Terminal at Berth No.16 inaugurated at NMPT, Mangalore Today, May 22, 2019
  12. In ₹1,000-crore deal, JSW Infra to acquire Chettinad Builders, Business Line, Aug. 14, 2020
  13. About New Mangalore Coal Terminal Private Limited, Karnataka, JSW Infrastructure Ltd., Accessed November 2021
  14. COMMODITY-WISE TRAFFIC HANDLED DURING 2019-2020 VS 2018-19, New Mangalore Port Trust, 2020

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