Micronesia, Federated States of
2.1.1 Micronesia Port of Pohnpei

Port Overview

The Port of Pohnpei is located on the island of Pohnpei. Pohnpei is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia and the National government is established in Palikir, Sokehs. The Port is operated by the Pohnpei Ports Authority and along with all other ports in FSM is overseen by the Department of Transportation Communication and Infrastructure. The port predominantly facilitates the import of goods for domestic use which is almost exclusively containerized freight. 

The port is broken into four separate areas: International, Fishing, Domestic and Marine Surveillance. 

The main dock encompasses the international and fishing dock with the domestic and marine surveillance dock adjacent to the main dock area. 

Port website: http://www.ppa.fm 

Key port information can also be found at:http://www.maritime-database.com 

Port Location and Contact


Federated States of Micronesia

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Kolonia 2.5km

Port's Complete Name

Pohnpei Harbour





Managing Company or Port Authority

Pohnpei Port Authority

Management Contact Person

Grilly Jack

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Pohnpei International Airport, adjacent to the Port 

United Airlines 

Port Picture

  • International and Domestics Docks
  • Fishing Boat Dock
  • Warehouses
  • Container Storage
  • Stevedores
  • Marine Surveillance Head Quarters
  • Patrol Boats
  • Pohnpei International Airport

Main dock

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The Pohnpei Port Authority in addition to overall responsibility for all ports, airports and airfields throughout Pohnpei State handles the port terminal services. Stevedoring Services are provided by Federated Shipping Company (FSCO) a private company that undertakes all freight movements at the port as well as handling warehousing and storage of goods, piloting services and the delivery of containers and goods to site. 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Micronesia Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

The port handles approximately 3-5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Pohnpei. The port also receives bulk fuel vessels 2-3 times per month. The port handles approximately 80 containers of freight per month. The dock is situated inside a lagoon on the Northern side of Pohnpei.

The international dock is physically adjacent to the fishing and domestic dock, separated by a security fence.

Containers must all be unloaded by vessel gantry crane as no dockside container cranes or equipment are available at the dock. There is a 50MT mobile crane in the container storage area. Containers can generally be unloaded at 4-6 per hour.

The international port is not congested but the limited amount of handling equipment available could leave the port vulnerable in times of high need. The port handling equipment is in good condition. Adjacent to the international dock, at the southern end, is the fishing dock where tuna fishing vessels berth  

Tuna fishing is the major export from FSM. In Pohnpei, transhipment is conducted at the anchorage area. After transhipment, fishing vessels proceed to the dock for provisioning, bunkering, maintenance and net repairs. At times fishing vessels berth 3 abreast causing congestion.  All tuna fishing activities are privately operated.

The domestic dock lays south of the fishing dock and is the home base of the two FSM government owned freight and passenger vessels: the MV Caroline Voyager and the MV Micronesian Navigators. When both vessels are in port, due to space constraints, they are required berth side by side. 



Time Frame

Rainy Season


November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event

Major Import Campaigns



Vessel Calls

154 as of August 2022

Container Traffic (TEUs)

1,683 as of August 2022

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2022

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)

53,476.47 as of August 2022

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following table: 

Terminal Handling charges

Cost USD

Comments/ source

Discharge/ Load

9.24/ W/MT

Association of Terminal Operators & Stevedoring Companies of Micronesia

Discharge/Load Container 20’ w/cargo

38.50/ movement

Discharge/Load Container 40’


42.35/ Movement

Discharge/Load Container


24.26/ Movement- 20’footer container

61.60 / Movement- 40’ footer container

Straddle Carrier/Fork Under hook to yard or vis a versa

20’ 15.40 /Movement

40’ 61.60 Movement

Stuffing and unstuffing containers


LCL Bulk break goods unloading/loading International


Bulk break goods Domestic shipping


Demurrage General freight

Refrigerated fright

5 Days

No free time

Demurrage charges Bulk break fright

 1.50/W/MT/Day Inside the Warehouse

1.00/W/MT/Day Outside the warehouse &  unprotected


Deliver/Return of containers to site

$ 50.00 – Empty container

$ 69.00 – Full container

Port Fees

Pohnpei Port Authority Seaport Rules & Regulations

Entry fee:

  1. For vessels of 1,000grt and under
  2. For vessels over 1,000grt


$0.06 per gross registered ton (grt)

Dockage fee

  1. (GRT)$0.10 per 24h period(day) or fraction thereof
  2. Overall length of vessel or fraction thereof.

~ 0 up to 100 feet                             $35.00

~ 101 up to 150 feet                         $50.00

~ 151 up to 200 feet                         $60.00

~ 201 up to 250 feet                         $95.00

~ 251 up to 300 feet                         $115,00

~ 301 up to 350 feet                         $155.00

~ 351 up to 375 feet                         $215.00

~ 376 up to 400 feet                         $255.00

~ 401 up to 425 feet                         $265.00

~ 426 up to 450 feet+                         $285.00

~ 451 up to 475 feet                         $305.00

~ 476 up to 500 feet                         $355.00

~501 feet up                                     $405.00

 Handling charges

  1. Line handling fee per vessel            $100.00
  2. Line boat per service                        $100.00

Aids to Navigation dues per port call

$0.02 per grt

Supplemental Port Services Fee

  1. For vessels of 1,000grt and under - $30.00
  2. For vessels between 1,000 & 2,000grt  -  $50.00
  3. For vessels over 2,000grt $50.00 plus additional charge of 20.00 per each 2,000grt or fraction thereof in excess of 2,000grt.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth






International dock

FIshing dock

Domestic dock

Container Berth


Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is owned and operated by Federated Shipping Company Ltd (FSCO) - a privately owned operator. The handling equipment is in good working condition with top loaders and large forklifts available.

Smaller forklifts are used for movement of palletized freight and are in good working condition. One mobile crane (50MT) has just been purchased and also available.

The top loaders move all containers from dockside to storage and load all tractor trailers for delivery. Consignees can also unload containers in the storage area in lieu of delivery 

There are no tugmasters, and all containers are stacked and loaded directly on the container chassis by top loader. Containers chassis for 20 footers and 40 containers are available

FSCO maintains three prime movers/tractor for container delivery.  



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes


1 x 50MT




1 x 40 MT

1 x 30MT


RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines






1 x 28 MT

1 x 25 MT

1 x 12 MT

1 x 5 MT

1 x 4 MT

1 x 2 MT

All operational

Tractor unit single axle




Tractor unit double axle




50 mt crane

Reach stacker

Container Facilities

While almost all freight moving through the port is in containers the port has no dedicated container facility and operates as a general port.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)


Refrigerated Container Stations

Located at fishing dock. For private use.

Other Capacity Details

Storage space up to 800 containers

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

7 4

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

17 connections point owned by a private fishing company (Luenthai Fishing Venture building adjacent to yard)

Emergency Take-off Capacity

Dependent on vessel's capacity

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

25 15

Customs Guidance

As with all states in the FSM Customs is nationally controlled and regulated through the Department of Finance and Tax Administration. DFTA Customs officers are based in each state capital and attend the port upon the arrival of each vessel. Attendance at the port is dependent on the shipping arrivals schedule otherwise customs is located at the Government administration buildings between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday

Standard shipment documentation is required to clear customs and is processed at the port at state level. For tax and duty exemption the procedure is to obtain the exemption letter for humanitarian goods through DECEM and the Department of Transport and Infrastructure in Palikir and for such an exemption letter to be provided with the clearance documentation at the port level, ideally prior to the arrival of the shipment. 

Clearance time for consignment is 24-48 hours and humanitarian goods will be prioritized in an emergency provided correct documentation is complete

For more information on customs in the Federated States of Micronesia, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.  

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Pohnpei Port is essentially a general terminal and all vessels must be compatible and equipped with the ability to load and unload i.e. Gantry cranes for containers or bulk break or bagged or ramped vessels for vehicle loading on to the flat dock.

 There are three dock areas. International, Fishing Dock and the Domestic dock.

 The Marine Surveillance dock lies adjacent to and south of the Domestic dock.   

Grain and Bulk Handling


Main Storage Terminal

Pohnpei Port has two storage areas dock side. Two transit warehouses for bulk break freight and outside container storage

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

Pohnpei Port has two storage areas dock side. 2 transit warehouses for bulk break freight and outside container storage

570 m2

1,140 m2

Refrigerated Cargo

Reefer containers only. Private (fishing company) chillers adjacent to dock area

General Cargo

1.  Outside area container and vehicle storage

2. Warehouses as Dockside for Bulk break freight.

7,500 m2

7,500 m2


Storage and Transit Warehouses

Floor Storage


While the port operation falls under the Pohnpei Ports Authority, a single private company provides stevedoring services the Federated Shipping Company Ltd (FSCO). FSCO also undertakes all terminal services and local transport services. FSCO Offices are located adjacent to the dock area on the access road (refer map)

All ships operating at the port require gantry cranes to load/unload container freight. The Kyowa line uses RoRo vessels for the shipment of vehicles, which also fall under the responsibility of FSCO.

Stevedoring services are mechanical as are terminal services and the labour component is for the unstuffing of containers. During an emergency additional labour can be provided by FSCO.

Hinterland Information

FSCO provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 5 days after vessel departure to unload containers. FSCO own 3 x prime mover /tractor and 20 trailers.

Private companies also operate their own tractors and trailers for collection of containers. Due to the limit on FSCO trailer availability it is often the case that containers and trailers are only returned on the day of the next vessels arrival whether this is outside the free period of not. As such demurrage is often not charged to regular customers

Port Security

Micronesia is not signatory to the ISPS Code, however, the U.S. has invested resources to assist the Federated States of Micronesia build the capacity to implement the ISPS Code to increase merchant trade. 

Pohnpei Port operates under ISPS guidelines and has not recently undertaken an ISPS inspection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As for previous inspection, the results are unknown at the time of writing. There was verbal acknowledgment from the Port Manager of some minor breaches that are difficult to rectify. The main issue is the location of a multi-story hotel that is adjacent to and overlooks the fence into the Commercial Port. To meet ISPS requirements the removal of the hotel is required. This is in the planning process and the site will ultimately accommodate a dock extension for use by the fishing fleet and domestic shipping. Timeline for this is 2-3 years.


ISPS Compliant

Yes with current breaches

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes -2 Patrol boats operated by the FSM Maritime Surveillance and Border Control

Fire Engines

Aircraft, Fire Fighting & Rescue (ARFF) stationed at airport adjacent.

Fire Emergency stationed in town. 


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