Micronesia, Federated States of
2.1.3 Micronesia Port of Chuuk

Port Overview

The port of Weno is operated through the State government Department of Transport and Public works who has responsibility for both the seaports and airports throughout Chuuk.

The port consists of two main docks and hosts both Intentional and domestic shipping.

 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.

 Chuuk (formerly Truk) lagoon has a significant maritime history being the service port for Japanese fleet during WW2. As such the access and shelter provided to ships including aircraft carriers is historically easily accommodated.

Port website:  http://www.ict.fm/transportation-marine.html

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

Weno 1 Km

Port's Complete Name

Port of Chuuk


72645.52 N


1515023.61 E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Dept Transport and Public Works

Management Contact Person

John Smith Port Manager

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Chuuk International Airport

Air Nugini

United Airlines


Port Picture

Port of Weno (Chuuk)

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The port terminal services and stevedoring is handled by a private company Transco. Piloting services are handled by private operators. 

Chuuk Department of transport and Public works are responsible for the administration and regulations of Weno Port. However all port operations are contracted out to private companies.

Transco are the main contractors and are responsible for all terminal services and stevedoring. Piloting services are available through Transco 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 itself handles approximately 5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Chuuk. The dock is situated on Weno Island inside Truk lagoon and access is via channels through the outer reef. With 2 docks 190m and 185M long the largest vessel accommodated at the dock was 13000 tons. Larger ships may anchor in the lagoon.

Containers must all be unloaded by Gantry crane as no container cranes are available at the dock. Depending on ships gantry crane capacity. 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 but only a small number were available.  



Time Frame

Rainy Season


November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event

Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments


Vessel Calls

60 per year

Container Traffic (TEUs)

750 per year

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)

Approx 150-200 MT/Year

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

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

Terminal Handling charges


Comments/ source








USD 0.7cGRT/24hrs


Wharfage Load/Unload



Bulk break

USD 1.75/m3



4% of CIF


Demurrage after 10 days Dockside

20’ USD 62.10/day +5% state tax

40’ USD 124.20/day +5% state tax



Shipping Agent Handling charges for customs clearance only.

USD52.50 10% of 4% CIF



Bulk break freight

USD 2.30/m3


Shipping Agent handling charges for clearing containers

20’ USD 210

40’ USD 425



Delivery of containers to site

20’ USD 189

40’ USD 217


Demurrage is charged after 3 days at the following rates

20’ USD65.21/day

40’ USD130.41.20/day


Container moving/loading unloading to site outside dock

Tractor rental USD 175/hr

Trailer Rental USD50/hr

2 forklifts required to unload empty container USD183/hr


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth

2 180 and 190 9

Container Berth


Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges

A concrete RoRo ramp available for front ramp vessels including landing craft.

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 managed by Transco - a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in good condition although only single top loader is available. Smaller forklift 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.  Transco maintains a single prime mover/tractor for delivery.  



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes




30 MT good

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines






1 X 2 MT

1 X 5 MT

1 X 6 MT

Container Facilities

While almost all freight moving through the port 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


Other Capacity Details


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity

Dependent on vessel

Dependent on vessel

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

Customs Guidance

As will 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 airport 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 the Federated States of Micronesia, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.  

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Weno 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 are 2 general docks areas 180m and 190m long by 20m wide.

The Domestic RoRo ramp is situated outside the main dock adjacent to the east end of Dock A for use with front ramp landing craft.

Main Storage Terminal

Weno Port has two storage areas dock side this a transit warehouse for Bulk break fright and outside container storage Please see map above

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

No specific areas for bagged cargo only dock side transit

warehouses used for bulk break or bagged goods 

700 m2

Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo

1 – Dockside for Bulk break freight

2 Outside Dock area Containers and general (Public works)

700 m2

6000 m2


Transit warehouse for LCL Bulk break freight

Warehouse adjacent to transit warehouse


While the port operation falls under the Department of Public Works and Transport stevedoring services are provided by a single private company Transco. Transco also undertakes terminal services. Transco also provide services as a shipping agent and local transport services. Transco 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 all container freight. The Kyowa line uses RoRo vessels for the shipment of vehicles which also fall under the responsibility of Transco.

 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 owrks and transport of needed.

Hinterland Information

The private Terminal services operator Transco also provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 3 days after vessel departure to unload containers. Transco own 1 x prime mover /tractor and 8 trailers.

Demurrage is charged after 3 days at the following rates

20’ container USD65.21/day

40”container USD130.41.20/day

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. 

 Weno Port operates under ISPS guidleines and has recently undertaken an inspection (January 2018) While the results are unknown at the time of writing there was verbal acknowledgment from the Port Manager of some minor breaches which are rectifiable. Surveillance


ISPS Compliant

Yes with current breaches

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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