The Port of Pohnpei is located on the Island of Pohnpei which houses the Capital of Palikir and the National Government of the Federate States of Micronesia (FSM). The Port is operated by the Pohnpei Ports Authority and along with all other ports in FSM is overseen by the Department of Transport and infrastructure.
The Port predominantly facilitates the import of goods for domestic use which is almost exclusively containerised freight.
The port is broken in to 4 separate areas. International, Fishing, Domestic and Marine Surveillance.
The main dock encompassing the International and fishing dock with the domestic and Marine surveillance dock adjacent to the main dock area.
Port website: http://www.ppa.fm
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
Pohnpei 5 km
Port's Complete Name
6° 58' 50" N
158° 12' 5" E
Managing Company or Port Authority
Pohnpei Port Authority
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
The port terminal services are handled by the Pohnpei Port Authority who also have overall responsibility for all ports, airports and airfields throughout Pohnpei State. Stevedoring Services are provided by Federated Shipping Company (FSCO) a private company who undertake all freight movements at the port as well as handling warehousing and storage of goods piloting services and the delivery of containers and goods to site.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Micronesia Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.
The port itself handles approximately 4-5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Pohnpei. The port also receives bulk fuel vessels once every 3 months. The port handles approximately 80 containers of freight per month. The dock is situated inside a lagoon on the North side of Kolonia.
The international dock itself is physically adjacent to the fishing and domestic dock separated by a security fence.
Containers must all be unloaded by vessel gantry crane as no container cranes or equipment are available at the dock.. Containers can generally be unloaded at 6-10 per hour
The international 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. Adjacent to the international dock is the fishing dock which is where tuna fishing vessels berth on the southern end of the dock.
Tuna fishing is the major export from FSM and in Pohnpei vessels unload directly at the dock into refrigerated containers. At the south end of the dock congestion is caused by the fishing vessels who berth 3 abreast at times. All tuna fishing activities are privately operated.
The domestic dock lays south of the fishing dock and is the home base of the two FSM government owned freight and passenger vessels the MV Caroline Voyager and the MV Micronesian Navigators. When both vessels are in port they must be birthed side by side
November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event
Major Import Campaigns
HANDLING FIGURES for 2017
|60 per year|
Container Traffic (TEUs)
|950 per year|
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
Break bulk (MT)
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following table:
Terminal Handling charges
Discharge/Load Container 20’ w/cargo
Discharge/Load Container 40’
20’ 24.26/ Movement
40’ 61.60 / Movement
Straddle Carrier/Fork Under hook to yard or vis a versa
20’ 15.40 /Movement
40’ 61.60 Movement
Stuffing and unstuffing containers
LCL Bulk break goods unloading/loading International
Bulk break goods Domestic shipping
Demurrage General freight
No free time
Demurrage charges Bulk break fright
1.50/W/M/Day Warehouse 1.00/W/M/Day outside unprotected
Deliver/return of containers to site
Empty USD 50.00
Full USD 69.00
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
The port equipment is owned and operated by Federated Shipping Company Ltd (FSCO) - a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in good condition with a top loader and large forklifts available.
Smaller forklift for movement of palletised freight are available and in good 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. FSC maintains two prime movers/tractor for container delivery.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
1 X 25 MT
2 X 5 MT
1 X 6 MT
While almost all freight moving through the port in containers the port has no dedicated container facility and operates as a general port.
Top loader moving unloaded containers
Container storage area
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Only located at fishing dock
for private use
Only located at fishing dock
for private use
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Dependent on vessel
Dependent on vessel
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
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 each state capital and 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 the Federated States of Micronesia, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.
Pohnpei Port is essentially a general terminal and all vessels 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 3 dock areas International, Fishing Dock and the Domestic dock.
The Marine Surveillance dock lies adjacent to and south of the Domestic dock.
Pohnpei Port has two storage areas dock side this a transit warehouse for Bulk break fright and outside container storage
Number of Storage Facilities
No specific areas for bagged cargo only 2x dock side transit
warehouses used for bulk break or bagged goods
None available on international dock only at fishing dock for private
1. Outside area container and vehicle storage
2. Warehouses as Dockside for Bulk break freight.
Storage and Transit Warehouses
While the port operation falls under the Pohnpei Ports Authority, stevedoring services are provided by a single private company the Federated Shipping Company Ltd (FSCO) FSCO also undertakes all terminal services and local transport services. FSCO 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 FSCO.
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 FSCO
FSCO provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 5 days after vessel departure to unload containers. Transco own 1 x prime mover /tractor and 8 trailers.
Private companies also operate their own tractors and trailers for collection of containers. Due to the limit on FSCO trailer availability it is often the case that containers and trailers are only returned on the day of the next vessels arrival whether this is outside the free period of not. As such demurrage is often not charged to regular customers
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.
Pohnpei Port operates under ISPS guidelines 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 difficult to rectify. One being the presence of a culturally sensitive tree and the second one being the location of a multi-story hotel which is adjacent to and look over the fence into the port. To meet ISPS requirements the removal of the hotel and tree are required.
Yes with current breaches
Current ISPS Level
No indication of level by Port Manager
Yes -3 Patrol boast operated my Maritime surveillance.
None observed on site. Fire services based at airport available or in Kolonia town