The port of Moroni is under the supervision of the APC (Port Authority of Comoros). Despite the fact that it serves the capital and the most populous island of the Comoros archipelago, the ports of Moroni is the second in terms of attendance and volume. This is due to the shallow draft (5m) at the dock which limits berthing to boats under 70m. Larger vessels must not exceed 150m and must remain in one of the two mooring areas which are 20m deep. Ships that cannot dock at the port unload their goods with their on-board cranes on barges that are then towed to the port. Moroni Terminal is in poor condition and suffers from a lack of investment.
All types of goods pass through the port: vehicles, food, general goods, and construction equipment. Exports are virtually non-existent apart from some cash crops such as cloves and ylang-ylang.
Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Information on Port of Moroni
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Port de Moroni
Managing Company or Port Authority
APC (Autorité Portuaire des Comores)
Management Contact Person
Mr Bacha CHEFOU
Commandant du port
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Moroni Prince Saïd Ibrahim International Airport
Regular flight to Mayotte, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Réunion, Seychelles, and Turkey.
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Handling of containerized goods or big bags
Director of Operations
+269 369 93 66
Collectif de Représentants Maritimes (COREMA)
Handling of goods in bulk and bag
Mr Adam MOEVA
Head of Brigade
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.
The port of Moroni is divided into two zones, an international scheduled to handle containers and seized big-bags that another regional through which bulk goods transit and which also serves as a boat dock for passengers traveling from / to nearby islands.
The port is undersized for day-to-day operations, international ships are waiting on average 48 hours before they can unload their goods. Due to the low draft, boats over 70 meters cannot dock and must unload their goods on barges with on-board cranes.
In fact, when the weather becomes rainy or there is swell, the operations are stopped while the weather becomes lighter.
The regional wharf is also congested, unloading operations are done by hand and take several days to unload ships from Madagascar or Tanzania. These boats do not usually stay at anchor and moor with each other while waiting for their unloading tower.
In case of emergency, berthing and unloading of ships carrying humanitarian aid will be prioritized.
December to April
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2018
Vessel Calls (International only)
Container Traffic (TEUs) imports
Container Traffic (TEUs) imports
Expedition of empty containers
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018
Bulk & Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Type of Berth
Regional wharf (goods / passengers)
Can be moored on the 2 wharfs
Can be moored on the 2 wharfs
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Petroleum products (pipeline)
Port Handling Equipment
Handling equipment are managed and owned by the private company Moroni Terminal.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
3 x 20`
3 x 40`
2 x 60t
2 x 40t
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
2 x 3 MT
3 x 5 MT
1 x 12 MT
1 Pusher / tug 400 HP
3 barges: 1 x150 MT (12 TEU)
2 x 300 MT (24TEU)
5 truck tractors
5 flatbed trailers
Container Facilities Available
Hazardous material storage area
General merchandise container storage area
Empty container area
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Between 60 and 200 containers per day depending on the weather
Number of Reefer Stations
Up to 50 connection points
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
2 shifts of 40 people
Between 30 and 100 per shifts depending on the weather
Customs are present on the port and are open from 7:30 to 14:30 (except Sunday) at the exit of the port. If the documents are up to date it is possible to clear a container in the day. If, after 15 days, a person has failed to submit the necessary documents for customs clearance, the customs officers will make financial penalties.
For more information on customs in Comoros, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.
The multipurpose terminal is the small wharf or regional wharf. This pier is used for the handling of all non-containerized goods. There is a 18-meter-wide sloping dock designed for the Ro-Ro, but it is currently out of service because of the shallow draft.
Moroni Terminal shows very little interest in it, the handling of non-containerized goods is provided by COREMA, a group of docker who unload the goods by hand. COREMA has 72 dockers and can rent handling on lifting equipment if necessary. The handling of bagged goods such as rice, sugar, cement, etc. is 3000 KMF / MT.
Grain and Bulk Handling
Main Storage Terminal
There are large warehouses managed by the APC within the port, they are usually used for temporary storage pending clearance of goods.
In the event of a health emergency or natural disaster, some of these warehouses could be made available to the humanitarian community.
Number of Storage Facilities
Bagged Cargo & General Cargo
Stowage activities are managed by Moroni Terminal for containerized goods or big-bags and by COREMA for bulk goods or bagged goods. Both are private companies.
The goods leave the port on the trucks of commercial companies coming to pick up their cargo or with small trucks of 3 to 10 MT rented to private individuals. Any vehicle can access the port, there is no need for special authorization.
The port is secured by a fenced perimeter. Security of access and warehouses is the responsibility of the PCA, which has its own security guards. Sécuricom was contracted by Moroni Terminal, which is responsible for the safety of solid land and container storage areas.
As of today, the port of Moroni does not comply with international safety rules, this has an impact on the price of the goods because the boats calling the port must take on more expensive insurance.
Current ISPS Level