The main port in RMI is the Port of Majuro Delap Dock which is the main International Cargo Port
Port website: http://rmipa.com/seaports/
Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Republic of Marshall Islands
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Port of Majuro
Managing Company or Port Authority
Marshall Islands Port Authority
Management Contact Person
Capt Joe Tiobech
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Amata Kabua International Airport Majuro
United Airlines Nauru Airlines
The Marshall Islands Port Authority (RMIPA) is the controlling agency for all ports in RMI and is based at Delap Dock. The Port Authority is a state owned enterprise and is responsible for the development, maintenance and operations of all sea ports, including Uliga and Delap in Majuro and the sole international airport, the Amata Kabua International Airport (AKIA or MAJ), located on Majuro Atoll. RMIPA reports to the Minister of Transportation and Communications and is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Cabinet. The day-to-day operations are managed by a Director and staff of 60.
MSTCO is also a state-owned enterprise and operated by an independent board. MSTCO undertakes all Delap port operations on behalf of the Port Authority.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.
Delap dock current handles around 2500TEUs per year (source MSTCO) The dock is approximately 300m.
Delap dock serves international cargo vessels that deliver a wide variety of imported food and household items, construction equipment and materials, diesel fuel, jet fuels, refined gasoline products and the offloading of copra and loading of coconut oil produced by Tobolar, a coconut processing operation located on the northeast side of Delap Dock. International fishing vessels also make occasional use of Delap Dock for purse seine net repairs, fuel resupplies and other maintenance.
Local stevedores from Majuro Stevedore & Terminal Company process the loading and unloading of imports and exports to and from Delap Dock. A cargo handling area, equipment repair shop, container freight station and RMIPA administrative offices support the processing and storage of containers and general cargo. The Marshalls Energy Company (MEC) occupies a significant portion of Delap Dock for its power plant and administrative offices.
Delap Dock consists of the Main Delap Dock, Delap East Dock, Delap West Dock and the Cargo Handling Area.
The Main Delap Dock is located on the southeast side of Majuro Lagoon, extending east to west about 308m.
The Delap East Dock is situated on the east side of Delap Dock and is primarily used by interisland cargo vessels for unloading copra to the Tobolar coconut processing operation. The east dock extends approximately 80m north to south.
The Delap West Dock is located on the west side of the main Delap Dock and extends approximately 58m north to south.
The Cargo Handling Area is adjacent to the main Delap Dock and is used for the movement and storage of dry and refrigerated containers, general palletized cargo and empty containers. The Cargo Handling Area has several structures that directly support the maintenance and repair of cargo handling equipment, as well as provide enclosed areas for stevedore operations.
The Calalin Channel is between 2.7-3.4km long, its width ranges between 350-450m and depth ranges from 23.5-45m. There is a lighthouse located on Eroj Island at the channel entrance to assist vessels in getting to the vicinity of the Calalin Channel. The channel itself is lined with six different lighted channel markers with day boards that mark the limits of the channel directing vessels safely into Majuro Lagoon.
Delap port handles 2500-2700TEU per annum with approximately 5 scheduled freight vessel services per month. All container unloading is directly done by the vessel and subsequent port handling is by reach loaders. Container delivery off the port site is by way of prime mover with chassis trailer which are left at the consignees site for 10 days. Bottlenecks occur when the number of trailer chassis and containers are not retrieved from consignees and containers are not able to be cleared from the port before the next vessel arrives.
Refrigerated containers of tuna for export have recently increased and will continue to do so. This will place increased strain on Reach Loader equipment due to the extra heavy handling movements required. Equipment reliability could potentially become an issue and subsequent bottle neck to operations. While the port is not considered congested the increase in Tuna export container traffic could very well push the port to capacity limits.
MSTCO have outlined that humanitarian cargo will be considered a priority in time of disaster as demonstrated during the recent drought holding containers for IOMs disaster response.
|Major Import Campaigns|
|Handling Figures for 2016|
|Container Traffic (TEUs)||2500|
|Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016|
|Bulk (MT)||Estimate 50000MT|
|Break bulk (MT)||none|
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:
Type of Berth
|Quantity||Length (m)|| Maximum |
|Container Berth||As above|
|Berthing Tugs||2||30||4||Operated byMT Ralik II & MT Ratak II 344 GRT 2000HP|
|Water Barges||various||Not part of port operations|
|Cargo Type||Berth Identification|
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
The port handling equipping is operated by MISCO. Both the Port Authority and MISCO are state owned enterprises. Delap is a general dock does not have any fixed container unloading equipment. All ships therefore unload themselves onto the dock. Port handling equipment is provided by the stevedore MISCO. Equipment is limited with only 1-2 Reach stacker with a capacity pf 40MT onsite.
|Equipment||Available||Total Quantity and Capacity Available||Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage|
|Reach stacker||Yes||1-2 x 40MT||Fair, Used daily|
|RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)||No|
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
2-7 MT capacity 4-6
|Fair used daily|
|Container Storage||Chassis for container delivery|
|Delap Dock looking toward Kobolar Coconut processors||Tuna boat and Chinese coast guard vessel docked|
|MISCO Warehouse||Reach Stacker|
|Refrigerated container storage- Tuna Exports||Refer container adjacent to Majuro power generation plant|
Container Facilities Available
Reach stacker handling only
Reach stacker handling only
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Area adjacent to MISCO warehouse.
Area adjacent to warehouse.
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Terminal can store 1000 TEUs
Daily Take Off Capacity
30/day - Take off rates are limited by the number of container frames are available
Number of Reefer Stations
34 connection points with additional generators available. Additional points being installed at time of writing
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
There is generally a customs officer based at the port. Customs and goods clearance normally take 48 hours. There are 5 schedules vessel arrivals per month which will increase to 7 in February 2018 with a new bi-monthly service direct from Hawaii.
For more information on customs in Marshall Islands please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information here.
Number of Storage Facilities
1 warehouse MSTCO
Outside refer storage
Marshall Islands Stevedoring Company (MISCO) is a State owned Enterprise and the only Stevedoring company available and handle all port activities. Coordinating loading and unloading of containers and bulk break goods on small vessels. MISCO also handles container storage as well as delivery to customers.
MISCO operate a 400m2 warehouse for all destuffed LCL goods.
Handling charges (USD)
Deliveries( Container remains on Trailer chassis)
MSTCO provides a delivery service for all containers to consignees on Majuro Atoll. Containers remain with consignees for 10 days and are in most cases not unloaded of the trailer. The container with chasis is left onsite. MSTCO has 30 operational and has ordered 30 new chasis for delivery operation. MSTCO has 2 side loader container trailers.
Current ISPS Level
1 class NK
Yes (Navy Patrol)