New Mangalore Port known by the name of New Mangalore Port Trust ( NMPT ) is the only major port of Karnataka and is currently the ninth largest port in India. It was formally inaugurated on May 4, 1974 by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. The construction began in 1962. The port is situated at Panambur, Mangalore on the west cost of India.It is situated to north of confluence of Gurupura( Phalguni ) river to Arabian sea .It is 170 nautical miles south of Mormugao Port & 191 nautical miles north of Kochi Port. The port situated in Panambur is called New Mangalore Port, as there is an old harbour or port located in Mangalore city which is called by Mangalore bunder located on south of New mangalore port .Old port is now being used for fishing and for ferrying small goods.
The port serves hinterland of Karnataka state and to some extent 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, LPG, wood pulp, timber logs, finished fertilizers, liquid ammonia, phosphoric acid, other liquid chemicals, containerized cargo, etc.