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Port Overview

The Port is a natural harbor and has improved shore facilities, modern plant and equipment and efficient port services coupled with fast shipping turnaround and cargo flow. Suva port has no length or draft limitation for conventional vessels entering the port. The largest vessel regularly entering is 42,000 tons. Suva port provides a wide range of services which include: pilotage, safe anchorage, and deep berths, stevedoring and general cargo handling, cargo, and container storage including freezer and cooler for both containers and loose cargo warehousing, fumigation and incineration and weighbridge facilities.

In July 2013 Fiji Ports Corporation Limited and prominent Aitken Spence PLC a Sri Lankan conglomerate, joined forces through FPCL’s subsidiary Ports Terminal Limited – to bring international best practice to the ports of Suva and Lautoka. Now known as Fiji ports Terminal Limited (FPTL)

The Port of Suva has the following berthing facilities for both overseas and local vessels:

Port website: Website of the Port of Suva

Port Location and Contacts

 

Country

Fiji Islands

Province or District

Central Suva

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Suva

 

km: 1.0

Port's Complete Name

Port of Suva

Latitude

-18.1134

Longitude

178.2331

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Fiji Port corporation Limited

Management Contact Person

+ 679 3312700

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to/from International Destinations

Airport Name: Nasori

Airlines: Fiji Airways

Air Vanuatu

Port Picture

 

The Port of Suva is in a protected harbor along the south coast of Viti Levu. There are two berths on King's Wharf, North, and South. The Wharf is 1614.3 ft (492 m) long and each berth is equal in length. A Fiji Naval Base lies north of Walu Bay. A gas terminal, consisting of two mooring buoys moored on the 10 m curve, is situated off Cliffy Point, about 0.7 nautical miles northwest of King's Wharf. Port Control maintains a 24-hour port control watch at Suva on Channel 16. The call is "Suva Harbor Control". Working channels for Pilots, tugs, and line boats are 12, 14, 17, 20, 69, 77, and 84. A Government Commercial Company, Ports Terminal Limited, provides port services for the Port of Suva.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.3 Fiji Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

PORT OF SUVA

JAN-DEC

Wheat

Clinker

Vehicles

2013

73,271

219,569

6,463

2014

142,375

186,800

8,895

PORT OF SUVA

JAN-DEC

Imports

Exports

Transshipment

Total

Total

Year

20'

40'

20'

40'

20'

40'

20'

40'

TEUS

2012

26,18

7,020

21,427

6,498

5,576

690

53,184

14,208

81,600

2013

26,260

7,289

21,951

7,098

8,525

1,241

56,736

15,628

87,992

2014

25,795

8,478

22,625

7,923

6,712

869

55,132

17,270

89,672

Variance

(465)

1,189

674

825

(1,813)

(372)

(1,604)

1,642

1,680

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Description of Fees and Charges

Unit of Measurement

Maximum Authorised Rates (VEP) ($)

Marine / Navigation Charges (Overseas Vessels)

Marine Service Charge

(includes port dues, in-port pilotage plus use of fines boat and linesmen services)

per GRT

Lautoka & Suva Ports: 0.286 X GRT + $1,048

per GRT

Outer Ports: 0.286 X GRT + $1,798

Pilotage -Out of Port (Compulsory)

per GRT

$0.1495 per GRT

Pilotage Shifting

per GRT

0.06 X GRT +  $325

Anchorage

(Applicable only to vessels using the anchorage as layup- does not apply to vessels awaiting berth)

 

per 100 GRT or part thereof

  • $5.00  per  100GRT  per day  for  the first 7

days,

  • $12.50 per 100GRT per day for the next 7 days,
  • $20.00  per100GRT  per day from day 15.

Ferry  Service   -  outside   port

limits

per nautical mile

$27.95

Ferry Services - within Port limit

per trip

$300

Lines boat Assisted Berthing

(fishing vessels)

per berth

$200

Pilot Standby Charge

per hour

$95

 

Mooring Buoy Charge

 

per 100 GRT or part thereof

•$7.50 per 100 GRT per day for the 1st 7 days,

•$18.75 per 100 GRT per day for the next 7 days,

  • $30.00 per 100 GRT per day from day 15

Description of Fees and Charges

Unit of Measurement

Maximum Authorised Rates (VEP) ($)

Wharfage Charges

Containers - Full

 

 

TEU - 20ft

per Container

$70.00

FEU - 40ft

per Container

$98.00

Containers - Empty

 

 

TEU  - 20ft

per Container

$14.00

FEU - 40ft

per Container

$19.60

Containers -Transhipment

 

 

TEU - 20N

per Container

$51.17

FEU - 40ft

per Container

$71.64

Bulk Cargo

 

 

 

Break Bulk

per MT/M', whichever is greater

$5.00

Dry Bulk

per metric tonne

$2.10

Liquid Bulk (incl Gas)

per metric tonne

$2.10

Motor Vehicles (inc Transhipment)

per M'

$539

 

Fish Discharge

per metric tonne

$5.22

Dockage Charges

 

 

Dockage (all vessels excl. cruise)

per 100 GRT per hour

$2.72 per 100 GRT per hour (or part thereof)

Cruise Vessels only

per 100 GRT per hour

$2.34 per 100 GRT per hour (or part thereof)

Security Charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISPS Non-Compliant Vessels

per hour

$25.00

Cruise  Liners

per hour

$110.00

Bulk Vessel/Barge

per day

0 to 2 days: $40.00 per day

per day

3 to 4 days: $25.00 per day

per day

5 to 6 days: $10.00 per day

ISPS       Compliant          Vessels         at

Anchor

per hour

$100.00

(only if requested)

Local Vessels Tariff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Dues

(Charge per year or on pro-rata basis)

Inter-island

$1.O75perGRT

Passenger

$3.225 per GRT

Other

$3.225 per GRT

Fishing

$3.225 per GRT

Pilotage  (if required)

All Vessels

$500

Dockage

(per hour alongside) Minimum Charge of $10.00 applies)

Inter-island

$0.182 per 100 GRT

Passenger

$0.75 per 100 GRT

Other

$1.29 per 100 GRT

Fishing

$1.0138 per 100 GRT

Wharfage charges (Local)

 

 

 

Containers

(Local)

Full TEU

per unit

$18.275

 

Full FEU

per unit

$27.14

 

Empty TEU

per unit

$4.56

 

Empty FEU

per unit

$6.9875

 

Bonded TEU

per unit

$4.568

 

Bonded FEU

per unit

$6.9875

 

Inter port Barge Transfer

per TEU

$15.00

 

per FEU

$25.00

 

 

 

 

 

Per  metric tonne

$0.5375

 

Per  metric tonne

$0.5375

 

Per  metric tonne

$0.5375

 

Per metric tonne

$0.16125

 

Ancillary Charges

 

Special          Storage           (Non

dedicated storage area)

Per container per day

$64.50              20 FT

$129.00          40FT

 

Per MT/ M’per day

$2.50 per m'/ metric tonne whichever is greater

 

 

 

Electricity

Supply

At Domestic tariff

 

Single phase

connection

$12.00 (per connection)

 

Three phase

connection

$20.00 (per connection)

 

Incinerator

Per burn hour

$32.25

 

 

Water

Overseas

Supply per 1000 litre

$2.35 per 1000 litres (min charge $5)

 

Local

Supply per 1000 litre

$2.00 per 1000 litres (min charge $5)

 

Connection

Per service

$20.00

 

 

Description of Fees and Charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stevedoring Charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Container

TEU - 20ft Container

$150.00

FEU - 40ft Container

$225.00

Empty Container

TEU - 20ft Container

$80.00

FEU - 40ft Container

$120.00

 

 

TEU  20ft Container

$250.00

FEU - 40ft Container

$5o0.0o

Transhipments Containers per move

TEU - 20ft Container

$80.00

FEU - 40ft Container

$144.00

st«x/ unstuff

TEU - 20ft Container

$104.65

FEU - 40ft Container

$136.50

Timber or Master Pack

per unit

$73.10

Dry Bulk

per revenue tonne

$5375

General Cargo Standard Lift

per revenue tonne

$16.25

General Cargo Lift <30m3 **

per lift

$1o0.0o

General Cargo Lift >30 m5 up to 100m3 **

per lift

$250.00

Steel Produccs

per revenue tonne

$12.90

**Example of oversize lifts are water tanks, gas cylinders

Vehicle Discharge/ Loading charges

 

 

 

RORO

Cars

Per unit

$50

Truck/  Buses

Per unit

$80

Earth  Moving machines

with Tyres

Per unit

$100

Earth Moving Machines

with Tracks

Per unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOLO

Cars

per M’

$15.25

Truck/ Buses

per M’

$15.25

Earth Moving Machines

with Tracks

per M’

$15.25

Earth  Moving Machines

with Tyres

per M’

$15.25

Container Handling & Machine Hiring Charges

 

 

20FT

40FT

Handling

Lift on/ Lift off

Laden

$30.00

$60.00

Empty

$15.00

$30.00

 

Point to point shifting in the yard*

Containers

$120.00 per container.

Break bulk

$15.00 per MT or CBM whichever is

greater.

*Note: Applicable in the event the agents change, the status of the container/cargo (Local to Transhipment or vice versa), change of Port of Discharge, change of On-Carrier, whilst the container/cargo under the custody of Fiji Ports Terminal Limited.

 

Forklift Hire (per hour)

Up to 3 ton

$32.00 per hour or part thereof

Up to 6 ton

$40.00 per hour or part thereof

Up to 25 ton

$115.00 per hour or part thereof

Up to 32 ton

$150.00 per hour or part thereof

Trailer Hire

Up to 60 ton

$51.50 per hour or part thereof

Shore/ Mobile Crane Hire

< 8 hrs (per hour)

$500.00

from 9ch hour(per hour)

$400.00

*any external machines/vehicle used on FTPL premises will be charged an additional 15% surcharge.

The surcharge will be applicable only when the external machines are requested by the customer when the FPTL machines are readily available and operational with greater efficiency.

This will not be applicable for external machines/ vehicles used to transport goods and/or cargo in and out of the port.

Storage/ Demurrage Charges

 

 

 

 

Full Container

(TEU/ FEU)

Day 1 to 3

Free

Free

Day 4 to 7

$35.00 per day

$70.00 per day

Day 8 to 14

$70.00 per day

$140.00  per day

>14 Days

S100.o0 per

day

$180.00 per day

Empty Container (TEU/ FEU)

Day 1 to 3

Free

Free

Day 4 to 7

S10.00 per day

520.00 per day

Day 8 to 1

$20.00 per day

$40.00 per day

>14 Days

$30.00 per day

560.00 per day

Break Bulk

Day 1 to 3

Free

Day 4 to 7

53.80/ton or cm3per day

Day 8 to 14

57.00/ton or cm3 per day

>14 Days

510.00/ton or cm3 per day

Vehicles

Day 1 to 3

Free

Day 4 to 7

$5.00/cm3 per day

Day 8 to 14

$10.00/cm3 per day

>14 Days

$15.00/cm3 per day

Unit of Measurement

Maximum Authorised Rates (VEP)

Day 4 to 7

$5.00/cm3 per day

Day 8 to 14

$10.00/cm3 per day

>14 Days

$15.00/cm3 per day

Description of Fees and Charges

Unit of Measurement

Maximum Authorised Rates (VEP)

Pre -Arranged Storage*

Containers (per TEU/FEU) per week

$64.50 per TEU/FEU per week

 

Break Bulk (per tonne)

$2.418 per revenue tonne per week

*Pre-Arranged storage is only provided for domestic import containers/cargo, on request of the agents, made prior to the vessel’s arrival.

Transhipment Cargo (Containers after free-time)

1 to 21 days

Free

›21 days

$64.50 per TEU/FEU per week or part thereof

Transhipment Cargo

(Break Bulk)

 

1 to 21 days

Free

>21 days

$2.418 per revenue tonne per week or part thereof

Long Term Storage (after free time)

 

Containers

Per TEU/FEU  per week

$120.00 per TEU/FEU

Break Bulk

Per revenue tonne/ M3per/ week

$20.00

Note:

  • Import

Storage is provided free of charge for 3 days. The free period commences from the time of the last discharge of container or cargo and  completes on the third day  (3") at 2400hrs.

  • Export

Storage is provided free of charge for 3 days. The free period commences from the  time of  the receiving of container ] cargo and completes on the third day (3”) at 2400hrs. To avoid possible storage charges, vessels are required to commence the operation within the aforementioned mentioned timeframe.

  • Sundays and public holidays are not included in the Free storage period. A free period of 24 hours is granted to bonded cargo land-bridged under bond to another port in Fiji.

Ancillary Tariff Charges

Fumigation of Containers and special storage     

 

 

20FT

40FT

Containers

Per Day

$64.50

129.00

Break Bulk

Per day per ton / CBM

$2.50

*Note: Fumigation and special storage space is provided subject to yard space availability taken on first in first out principle.

Reefer Monitoring

Per plug/day (provision of plug and lead, etc)

$80.00

$160.00

Berthing Specifications

All berths in the Port are vulnerable to wind and wave damage but are protected from open ocean waves. The Port of Suva is susceptible to storm surge.

There are two berths on King's Wharf, North, and South. The Wharf is 1614.3 ft (492 m) long and each berth is equal in length. The North Berth is used predominantly for bunkering and typically Naval ships are shifted after taking on fuel. The South Berth is recommended since fuel can also be taken on at that berth. The largest Navy or USNS ship to tie up at King's Wharf was 14,000 GRT. Princess Wharf is on the south side adjacent to King's Wharf and is used by small coastal vessels. Walu Bay, north of King's Wharf, contains wharves as far as the bridge. Walu Bay Wharf on the north side adjacent to King's Wharf is primarily used for merchant ships.

King's Wharf is at its shallowest (41 ft (12.5 m)) alongside the North End, 38.4 ft (11.7 m) at the Center, and 34.5 ft (10.5 m) at the South End. Walu Bay Wharf is 600.4 ft (183 m) in length with the least depth alongside 29.5 ft (9 m). Princes Wharf is 505.3 ft (154 m) in length with the least depth of 19.7 ft (6 m). The deck height for all wharves is about 12 ft (3.7 m). The extreme tidal range for the Port of Suva is 6.2 ft (1.9 m).

Wharf Suva

Length (Metres)

Depth Alongside (Metres)

Overseas

 

 

Kings

492

11.6

Walu Bay

184

9.0

Princes

156

5.0

LOCAL

 

 

Muaiwalu I

73

4.5

Muaiwalu II

46

4.0

 

All berths are multipurpose: passengers, conventional, containers

All types of cargo can be handled at the port:

  • General Cargo - Merchandise, electrical equipment, steel, cement, fertilizers, logs, sawn timber, container, heavy lifts, refrigerated goods.
  • Dry Bulk Cargo - Rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, coal, gypsum, clinker, fertilizer,
  • Liquid bulk - Petroleum products, chemical products, vegetable oils, coconut oils, liquid gas, tallow, bitumen

Port Handling Equipment

FPTL is able to provide the manpower that is required in all facets of stevedoring and cargo handling operations. This includes supervisors, foreman, bay planners, winchman and mobile crane operators, drivers, loggers, and riggers. The majority of the labour forces of FPTL are general purpose workers who are able to perform multi-skilled tasks.

FPTL owns and operates all equipment available at Fiji ports. Shipping companies, freight forwarders ensure a complete service, inclusive of transport, storage, clearance, operations and paperwork. Operations related costs are included in the global price of service.

A fleet of cargo handling equipment comprising heavy duty forklift trucks, tractors, mobile cranes, trailers etc, is owned and operated by FPCL for cargo handling in the port of Suva.

PTL’s current equipment fleet ranges from the 2.5-ton forklift to 40-ton Heavy container handler with telescopic spreaders. The yard tractor/trailers are also available to facilitate transfer of containers from ship side to transit area and vice versa,

At Suva Port, 2 Gottwald Mobile Harbour Cranes with a lift capacity of 15 TEU’s per hour are available, as well as a complete range of forklifts, Omega Spreaders, etc.. All gear is managed by Ports Terminal Limited.

 

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

n/a

n/a

n/a

Container Gantries

n/a

n/a

n/a

Mobile Cranes

Yes

2 - 50 ton

-

Reachstacker

Yes

7 - 40 ton (4 cranes), 38 ton (2 cranes)

and 12 ton (1 crane)

40 ton and 38-ton cranes are heavy container handlers with telescopic spreaders

12-ton crane is an empty container handler with telescopic spreader

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

n/a

-

-

Transtrainer

n/a

-

-

Forklifts

Yes

8 - 3 to 8 ton (6 forklifts) and 12 ton (2 fork trucks)

-

Tractors

Yes

7

-

Trailers

Yes

7

-

Container Facilities

Hire of Labour and Equipment

 Training is continuously undertaken so that the stevedores are kept abreast with any technological change associated with the industry. The Registered Relief Workers are only deployed when the need arises.

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

12,000 / year

n/a

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes

n/a

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

n/a

Other Capacity Details

 

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

360

 

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

60

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

Off-take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

n/a

n/a

Customs Guidance

1.3 Fiji Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

All wharfs in Suva are multipurpose.

All types of cargo can be handled at the port:

General Cargo - Merchandise, electrical equipment, steel, cement, fertilizers, logs, sawn timber, containers, heavy lifts, refrigerated goods. Dry Bulk Cargo - Rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, coal, gypsum, clinker, fertilizer,

Liquid bulk - Petroleum products, chemical products, vegetable oils, coconut oils, liquid gas, tallow, bitumen

Grain and Bulk Handling

Grain and Rice imported mostly done by Flour Mill Fiji (FMF). One ship is coming every 2 weeks. Types of bulk cargo handled at the port:

Dry Bulk Cargo - Rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, coal, gypsum, clinker, fertilizer,

Liquid bulk - Petroleum products, chemical products, vegetable oils, coconut oils, liquid gas, tallow, bitumen

Main Storage Terminal

In the port of Suva, there is a storage capacity of around 2.000 TEU. There are North of the Port 2 privately owned storage terminals. Capacity is around 5.000 TEU each.

Port Security

The Fiji Islands were able to meet the July 2004 ISPS deadline with financial support from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, coupled with training instituted by the Regional Maritime Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The country was fully compliant for all the major ports—Suva, Lautoka, Levuka, and Malau—by the deadline of July 2004 (Ministry of Finance and National Planning 2007, 60). Suva and Lautoka were successfully audited in July 2006, and additional audits of smaller secondary ports in the Fiji Islands were also carried out that year.

Security

 

ISPS Compliant

 

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

Current ISPS Level

1

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

n/a

 

Fire Engines

n/a


For further terminal information on the Port of Suva please select the following attachment:

Fiji Ports Handling Charges