Micronesia, Federated States of
2.1.2 Micronesia Port of Kosrae

Port Overview

Port of Kosrae (Micronesia)

The port of Kosrae is operated through the Kosrae Port Authority who has responsibility for both the seaports and airports throughout Yap.

The port consists of a single main dock for international freight inside a security perimeter

 Kosrae is serviced by Matson and Kyowa shipping lines via Guam for general freight and Marianas Shipping lines who provide freight services to the tuna fishing industry

 Freight through the terminal is almost exclusively container freight with the exception of vehicles. No bulk break cargo is moved unless it is in an LCL containers bulk or bagged commodities are received or handled internationally. Bulk break goods are however handled on domestic shipping legs.

 Main dock infrastructure is in good condition with a solid warehouses facility. Handling equipment is also in fair to good condition. Terminal services are provided by Kosrae Terminal Services and Stevedoring Company KTSSC a private company undertaking stevedoring and freight handling.

Port website: NA

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

Tofol 10 Km

Port's Complete Name

Kosrae International Port


5.2101 N


162.5724 E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Kosrae Port Authority

Management Contact Person

Jesse Tulensru

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Kosrae Airport

United Airlines

Caroline Islands Air


Port Picture

Port of Kosrae

  • Gate
  • Stevedores
  • Transit Warehouse
  • Container storage
  • Main dock
  • Port Authority
  • Airport Terminal
  • Fishing Dock and Warehouse
  • FSMPC (FSM Petroleum Company

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Kosrae Port Authority are responsible for the administration and regulations for Kosrae Port.

However all port operations are contracted out to KTSC a private company who are responsible for all terminal services and stevedoring. Piloting services are available through a subcontracted pilot.

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 Kosrae. The dock is situated adjacent to the Aiport. With the main dock 170 m. The Dock can accommodate vessels up to 500ft

Containers must all be unloaded by gantry crane as no container cranes are available at the dock. Containers can generally be unloaded at 6-10 per hour. 

 The port is not congested but the limited amount handling equipment used on the port could leave the port vulnerable in times of high need. Port handling equipment was in good condition with only a small amount available.

Transit warehouse facilities were also in good condition with multiple doors



Time Frame

Rainy Season


November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event

Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments


Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

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

Terminal Handling Charges

Cost USD










Line Handling



Navigational Aid fee










Container unload of vessel

20’ 34.50

40’ 67.25


Container Empty unload of vessel

20’ 23.25

40’ 37.55



From Container to Container



Container to Freight Station



Shifting container

20’ 23.25/move



Bulk break Cargo handling



Container Loading onto truck

20’ 9.5/W/MT

40’ 14.22/W/MT


Container Loading onto truck-Empty

20’ 96.4/W/MT

40’ 8.15/W/MT


Container Delivery



Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth

1 165 9

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

vehicle imports

Other Imports

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is owned and managed by KTSC a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in Good condition with a single top loader available. A second Top loader has been purchased and KTSC is awaiting its arrival in February. Smaller forklifts for movement of palletised freight are available and in fair condition.

The top loader moves all containers from dockside to storage and loads all tractor trailers for delivery. consignees can also unload containers in the storage area in lieu of delivery 

There are no tug masters and all containers are stacked and loaded directly upon the delivery equipment (being trailer chassis) by the single top loader.  KTSC maintains 1 single prime mover/tractor for delivery. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes




1 X 35 MT Good Condition. A second reach staker is available and belongs to the fishing company occupying part of the Port

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines






1 X 35 MT

2 X 5 MT

1 X 3 MT


 Trailer chassis Top loader in rear

25MT Reach Stacker belonging to Fishing company



Container chassis.

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

Yes Yes

Other Capacity Details


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

80 80

Emergency Take-off Capacity

Dependent on vessel

Dependent on vessel

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)


Container Marshalling and Storage area


Reefer Station Domestic


Main Dock with fuelling point


Reefer stations Generator powered

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 at the adjacent near the YCA building attend the port upon the arrival of each vessel. Attendance at the port is dependent on the schedule otherwise customs is located at the Government administration buildings between 8am-5pm M-F

 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 Dept 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 prioritised in an emergency provided correct documentation is complete

For more information on customs in COUNTRY NAME, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.  

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Kosrae port is essentially a general terminal and all vessel 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 is one main general dock at 167 m by 20m wide.

A former fisheries coolstore has been marked for redevelopment is over the past 6 months there is an increase in the volume of containers of fish handled for export. This has seen container numbers increase however this is not part of the general port activates as the Fishing operations are handled independently of the Port Authority

Main Storage Terminal

Storage at the terminal is good with Transit warehouses available. These are operated and managed by KTSO

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

Refrigerated Cargo

No - containers only

General Cargo

1 in good condition 600 M2


Transit warehouse


KTSCO Transit warehouse


Former fishing coolstore. Leased to private entity for development


While the port operation falls under Kosrae Port Authorities the stevedoring services are provided by a single private company KTSCO which undertakes all terminal services. KTSCO also provide services as a shipping agent and local transport services. KTSCO offices are located at the Dock in the transit warehouse

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

 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 the Dept of Public Works and transport of needed.

Hinterland Information

The private Terminal services operator KTSCO also provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 10 days after vessel departure to unload containers. KTSCO owns 1 x prime mover /tractor and 7 trailers. Mariana shipping Lines and Matson shipping lines also privately own 2 and 5 trailers respectively

Demurrage is charged after 3 days at USD 2.75/MT/Day

There are no side loading container chassis available so all container that require unloading at the site require forklifts to unload.

Port Security


ISPS Compliant


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

No indication of level by Port Manager

Police Boats


Fire Engines

None observed on site. Fire services based at airport available


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