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It is Goa’s main port. Its appearance in the 1980 film The Sea Wolves is one of its few global advertisements, but it has a fascinating past. During the 17th century, the Portuguese invaders destroyed several Hindu temples in Margao. The Catholic churches however survive, lending a distinct Portuguese flavor and an old world charm to the city. When the Portuguese colonised part of Goa in the sixteenth century, they based their operations in the central district of Tiswadi, notably in the international emporium City of Goa, now Old Goa. Mormugao was created for administrative purposes very recently in 1917 due the urbanization of the Vasco Mormugao area and the significance of Mormugao as a port town.

There are many fruit bearing trees amidst houses along this wide stretch of road which seems never ending till infinity. There is an islet just further named after the chapel of St. Jacinta which has a fisherman’s edge and a few landing steps and is linked by a small causeway. It is the premier iron ore exporting Port of India with an annual throughput of around 26.74 million tones of iron ore traffic. The Port accounts for about 33% of India's iron ore export.

Its importance as a port grew immensely with the railway station coming up thereby increasing activities in trade and commerce. Mormugao was created from a part of Salcete and a new town Naveed Vasco-Da-Gama was built, the port area retaining its original name as Mormugao and being one of the 3 villages at the site on which Vasco was built. The industrial development of the state increased due to the airport built at Dabolim on Vasco outskirts. The road to the Dabolim airport gives a fair indication of the sights and sounds of Goa.

The Port has deep drafted oil berth (berth No. 8) for handling petroleum products and other Liquid cargo with necessary fire fighting and pollution control infrastructure to handle about 1.5 million tones of cargo. The berth is connected to the storage facilities of the oil companies. Vessels up to 80,000 DWT can be brought to this berth, where a maximum draft of 12.5 Mts. is provided in conjunction with high water during the fair season and 11.0 Mts. Though ore is the predominant cargo, there has been a steady increase in liquid bulk and general cargo traffic ever since its joining the ranks of the Major Ports of India.

Since 1992, there has been a regular container feeder service from the port and the container traffic has registered a rapid growth within a short span of time and presently handles about 13,000 TEUs per annum.  The port trust has targeted to sign the concession agreement by February next year, and the project is scheduled for completion within the ongoing 11th Plan period.

 

Panaji | Marmagao Harbour | Mapusa | Madgaon (Margao)

Pilar | Ponda | Vasco-Da-Gama

   


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