In related news, the Port of Newcastle opened a new $3.5 million operations center housing state-of-the-art maritime vessel tracking systems. “The Port of Newcastle is recognized as being the world’s largest coal export port,” Gay said. “This modern building ensures Newcastle Port Corp. will maintain its operational excellence and be able to handle increasing exports and imports. The three-story Port Center is built on the eastern side of the Pilot Station near the entrance of Newcastle harbor.