Panjim (Panaji) Port

From Global Energy Monitor

Panjim (Panaji) Port is a small port located in Goa state, India.[1]

In January 2013, after a Supreme Court ruling cut off the port's iron ore commerce, Goa's Captain of Ports proposed increasing coal imports at Panjim. However, infrastructural limitations made large-scale coal imports impractical, and the iron ore mining ban was revoked in 2014, allowing iron ore to regain its traditional status as the port's main commodity.

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In January 2013, Goa's Captain of Ports suggested that coal imports be increased within the port's jurisdiction as a means of replacing lost iron ore revenues, after India's Supreme Court banned all iron mining in the state.[2] The import plan called for incoming coal ships from South Africa and New Zealand to unload their cargo onto barges at Panaji Port's outer anchorage, with barges then carrying coal to jetties in the Mandovi and Zuari river basins, and trucks providing onward ground transportation to customers. The Captain of Ports also suggested the possibility of direct coal imports into Panaji Port on a "trial basis".[3]

While the Goan government authorized the proposed coal imports[4], India's Supreme Court ultimately lifted the ban on Goan iron mining in April 2014, and there is no indication that any large-scale coal imports ever took place at Port of Panjim.[5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Captain of Ports, Government of Goa
  • Location: Goa state, India
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes):
  • Status: Proposed coal handling (appears stalled or cancelled)
  • Type: Coal imports
  • Proposed coal sources: South Africa, New Zealand

Articles and Resources


  1. "Port of Panaji," World Port Source, accessed February 2015.
  2. "CoP eyes coal import via Panaji port" Times of India, January 12, 2013.
  3. "No pollution in Panaji due to coal import, assures CM", January 15, 2013.
  4. "Govt permits CoP to start coal imports from Panaji port", August 22, 2013.
  5. "India’s Top Court Ends Mining Ban in Goa With Output Limit" Bloomberg Business, April 21, 2014.

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