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Mormugao, India- Short walk down a long pier, a warning and a conundrum

Mormugao is a city in the state of Goa in western India. The state was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and maintains much evidence of its colonial heritage.

Mormugao Port (MPA) is one of the oldest ports on the west coast of India and consists of a long L-shaped pier with the top of the "L" connecting to the shore. We were sandwiched between three Indian military ships, with two on the bottom of the L (this bit of trivia becomes essential later in the post). The MPA pier is away from town. It shows its age and lack of maintenance, as evidenced in our walk down the dock. Even the well-worn cruise terminal was wholly closed except for a security checkpoint.

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This is a view of our ship at the pier. I do not take pictures of military ships, so imagine one in front of us and two more down the pier behind our ship.
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"Wall art" of the pier wall.

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"Facilitation Centre." It appears to have been a while since any facilitating occurred.
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Read on about the sign.

The Good News is that construction on a new cruise terminal is, maybe, underway. Unfortunately, according to the worn construction sign in the preceding image, work was to be completed in September 2023. Our visit was on a Monday, and there was no evidence of ongoing construction. Various internet posts stated the work might be done by the end of the year, but there were also stories about a lack of funding.  

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Along with the terminal, industrial infrastructure additions are planned in the treed areas.


Moving along, our walk to the land side of the pier revealed no reason to continue strolling, so we decided to return to the ship. On our way, we walked past one of the military ships and returned waves to what appeared to be a civilian maintenance crew (no uniforms) working on the ship. When we arrived at our gangway, The Boss decided she had seen enough and returned to the air-conditioning on board the vessel. I looked down to the end of the pier and decided a trek there would be nice. Seeing no signs, blockades, or people saying no, off I went. A bit later, I was at the base of the L. Following a longstanding practice, I took no pictures of the Indian military vessels (avoiding the aggravation of possibly being arrested for spying in a foreign country... it happens, look it up!). Instead, I took the nice, if bland, scenic below that looked out to the bay. 

As I turned to return to the ship, a gentleman in uniform came running towards me, waving his arms. He informed me I couldn't be here; it was restricted, and he would escort me back to the ship. He had no answer when I inquired, very politely, about why there were no warnings not to go into the area. I was escorted to our ship and left on my own to go up the gangplank, oops... gangway, into the safety of our ship.

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Earlier while we were on the street leading out of the port, I had ducked under a chain and took a picture. When I looked at it later, I couldn't decide which of two versions I liked the best.

What do you think? 

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Close cropped 

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More rocks lead the eye in.

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Mormugao, India


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