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port on the northeastern coast of the island of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea. It lies along Astrolabe Bay of the Bismarck Sea, near the mouth of the Gogol River. Madang is the centre for a large timber industry based on the Gogol forest, about 25 miles (40 km) inland, and is the distribution centre for the north coast and the Central Range. It is also a communication point for the offshore islands and has a major airport. The port handles exports including copra, coconuts, coffee, and cocoa. Local industries include tuna processing, engineering and joinery workshops, timber milling, and the manufacture of black twist tobacco (for local use).