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Port Overview

After TC Pam (2015), significant money has been invested to improve the wharf infrastructure in Port of Port Vila. JICA is funding the Lapetasi International Multipurpose Wharf Development project. The wharf is scheduled for completion at the end of 2017. Currently, port facilities in Vanuatu have limited capacity for handling the broader shipping sector, which includes tourist cruise liners, cargo ships, and fuel tankers. Cargo ships must give way to cruise liners, if they are calling into port simultaneously.

A new wharf and construct container yard and facilities at the Old Star Terminal site in Port Vila will mitigate high berth occupancy at the existing International Wharf. It will improve efficiency, delays and congestion, currently causing poor delivery capacity of FCL containers and LCL cargo to consignees. The International Wharf will be renamed Main Wharf and will be used for cruise ships and tankers. The Ports and Marine Department will manage this wharf and South See Shipping is the agent for the cruise ships. Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring will transition to the new Lapetasi Wharf from October 2017. The Old Star Wharf will become the new Lapetasi Wharf for cargo ships only (international and domestic). The Ports and Marine Department will manage the wharf pilot and regulatory requirements, Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring will manage the stevedoring and cargo handling.

 

Key port information can also be found here:

Website of the Maritime Database on Port Vila

Live Vessel Tracking


The port website can be found here

 Port Vila Boatyard

 

Port Locations and Contacts

Province or District

Port Vila, Shefa Province

Port's Complete Name

Port of Port Vila

The current wharf is the International Wharf and will change name to Main Wharf

Star Wharf was temporarily decommissioned and is the site for the new multipurpose wharf to be called Lapetasi Wharf. Star Wharf is currently being used as a container storage yard while the new terminal is being constructed.

Latitude

-17.4524

Longitude

168.17

Managing Company or Port Authority

Port Vila Port Authority

Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring

Management Contact Person

Port Vila Ports and Marine Department

Phone: +678 22339

Fax: +678 22475

Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring

Russell Mitchell

+678 25478

Mobile: +678 5567722

Fax: +678 25934

Email: gm@ifira.com.vu

Manu Laban

Mobile: +678 5552109

Email: opsuper@ifra.com.vu

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Bauerfield airport – Approx 12 km from port

  • Air Vanuatu
  • Air New Zealand
  • Virgin Australia
  • Fiji Airways
  • Solomon Airways

 

 

Port Picture

 

 

 Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For more information on port contacts, please see the following links: 

4.4 Vanuatu Port and Waterways Company Contact List

4.2.7 Vanuatu Transporter Contact List

Vanuatu Transport Contact Details and Fleet Information

Port Performance

For live port performance information on Port Vila, go to: https://www.fleetmon.com/ports/port-vila_vuvli_9840/?language=en

 

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

Nov - April

Major Import Campaigns

No

N/A

 

Handling Figures for 2016 on International wharf

Vessel Calls

N/A

Container Traffic (TEUs)

2,200 TEU’s/ annum

 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please contact Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring directly.

Berthing Specifications

Current International Wharf

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

1

280 m

10.5 along side

 Main wharf shears off to around 20m

Container Berth

1

280 m

10.5

 

Silo Berth

N/A

-

-

 

Berthing Tugs

1

  

 

Water Barges

N/A

 -

 -

 

New Lapetasi wharf (2018)

 

 

 

 

Conventional Berth

1

200 m

13m along side

 Salent features give capacity for ships 250 m LOA

Container Berth

1

200 m

13m along side

 

Silo Berth

N/A

-

-

 

Berthing Tugs

1

  

 

Water Barges

N/A

 -

 -

 

 

 NOTE: No infrastructure was built at the Lapetasi wharf to discharge fuel from tanker vessels. Tankers will continue to berth at the main wharf.

 Lapetasi will be able to handle approximately 4,500 containers on the wharf at any one time.

 The International stevedoring and handling equipment will be moved from the current wharf to the new Lapetasi wharf.

 

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

  

Container Gantries

No

  

Mobile Cranes

No

  

Reachstacker

Yes

4

2x 45 tonne reach stackers- 5 high over 3 rows. For 20 and 40 foot containers.

2 x 10 tonne reach stackers for empties that can stack 6 high.

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

  

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

  

Transtainer

No

  

Forklifts

Yes

8 forklifts various SWL

3 tonne maximum.

 

 

 Container Facilities

There is a small amount of space at the International Wharf. Star Wharf is currently being used as a container park while construction of the new multipurpose wharf is underway.

 

Construction of new Lepatasi International multipurpose wharf (old Star wharf) March 2017. Credits/ Daisy the Drone

International wharf Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/A

N/A

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes - 24 stations

Yes

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

320 in total for both 20’ and 40

 

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

20

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity

n/a

n/a

New Lapetasi wharf

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/A

N/A

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

320 in total for both 20’ and 40

 

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

34 stations

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity

n/a

n/a

 

The Lapetasi wharf container terminal will have the capacity to handle 30,000 TEU’s per annum with a 10-day dwell time.

Customs Guidance

Customs and Biosecurity have a small office located at the International wharf for container releases. All Customs and Biosecurity release paperwork and payment of storage and handling fees must be provided to Ifira Wharf and Stevedoring before containers movement bookings from the wharf can be made. The IWS office has been relocated in town following decommissioning of the Star Wharf for construction of the new multi-purpose wharf facility.

The Lapetasi Wharf will have an administration building, which will accommodate IWS and Customs. Biosecurity will remain on Main wharf.

For more information on customs in Vanuatu, please see the following link: 1.3 Vanuatu Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal  

There is currently one berth only in Port Vila for all cargo ships, cruise vessels and tankers.

In 2018:

  • The Main Wharf (old International wharf) will accommodate cruise vessels and tankers. The bonded warehouse will become a cruise ship terminal with Mama's Market.
  • The Lapetasi wharf (old Star wharf) will become a multipurpose cargo wharf for international and domestic shipping.  There will be large container storage facilities and 3.5 hectares for bonded, LCL and breakbulk cargo.

Diagram: Original Lapetasi wharf plan provided by IWS. Some slight modifications have been made to the size and layout of the buildings.

 

 


Grain and Bulk Handling 

The port is not equipped to handle bulk grain. There are no companies available for bagging and no silo storage facilities.

Main Storage Terminal 

The Lapetasi wharf will include a break bulk cargo warehouse. Overall, 3.5 hectares are allocated for cargo of all descriptions.

A 600 m2 bonded warehouse is being constructed on Lapetasi wharf for LCL cargo and bonded cargo. Customs will have a small office in the warehouse. 

The bonded warehouse at the International wharf (Main wharf) is likely to become a covered Mama's Market for cruise ship passengers in 2018.

Lapetasi Domestic shipping terminal

 The new multipurpose wharf includes a domestic shipping wharf. The wharf is approximately 130m across and 20m wide.  The area behind the wharf will be elevated as it is currently used to stock pile the dredged material.

 Contingency container storage

 It may be possible to store unsolicited containers in the space behind the domestic wharf to address the container storage shortage issues associated with TC Pam.

Stevedoring

IFIRA is the only company in Port Vila with any stevedoring capacity and has a long-term agreement with the Government of Vanuatu to manage the stevedoring and cargo handling. A new contract will be signed for 50 years from 2018. The opening of the new wharf at the end of 2017 should improve effectiveness over current operations.

Hinterland

IWS has two straddle trucks of 20 mt capacity for movement of 20 and 40 foot containers.

Port Security

International (Main) wharf Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

No

 

Lapetasi wharf Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

No

 

Security features for the new Lapetasi wharf include 14 CCTV cameras, a 3.5 m fence with barbed top and automated gates. The facility will be manned 24 hours seven days a week.

Firefighting equipment will be installed in the buildings including sprinkler system. There will be four stand-pipes in the terminal, and fire hydrants out the front of the wharf precinct.