Ebeye port in RMI is a secondary international port in Kwajalein Atoll currently handles 400 TEUs annually however it predominantly handles domestic. Ebeye dock consists of an ‘L’-shaped jetty and longer side berth, plus a 120m wharf adjacent to the main dock. The Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utilities Resources (KAJUR) office is located at the main dock and the wharf includes a container yard and port office building with offices for the Ebeye Port Commission and the Marshall Islands Shipping and Terminal Company.
Passenger ferry services to and from Kwajalein Island operated by the US Army run six days per week about 10 times per day. The ferry service is open and free of charge to the public.
The main Ebeye dock is basic and open with handling equipment consisting of a recently donated reach stacker. While currently operating it is old and in need a substantial mechanical refitting. Without this no containers can be moved easily. Recently donated earth moving equipment may be used to pull empty containers but this will be limited.
The dock area is cluttered and congested with old plant and equipment chassis laying in rusting piles. There is however currently a program of clearing to remove the scrap and to clear and improve the area. There are also plans to construct a warehouse for use as transit storage and equipment parking.
Ebeye recently completed the construction of a RORO landing 1 Km from Ebeye Dock. This will enable Landing craft and RORO vessels to load/unload. Primarily this is currently used for heavy equipment.
Gauguegue 8 Km from Ebeye also has a Ramp however it is unusable for this purpose and will require significant investment to repair. It is however adjacent to a possible MSU/Emergency logistics Staging area in an emergency.
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
Managing Company or Port Authority
Marshall Islands Port Authority
Management Contact Person
Ben Jerry Jacklick
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
United Airlines Air Marshall Islands
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Marshall Islands Port Authority
The Marshall Islands Port Authority (RMEPA) is the controlling agency for all ports in RMI and is based in Majuro with an office in Ebeye. The Port Authority is a state owned enterprise and is responsible for the development, maintenance and operations of all sea ports. 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.
Majuro Stevedoring Company MSTCO
MSTCO is also a state owned enterprise and operated by an independent board and have a representative in Ebeye located at the dock. MSTCO undertakes all Ebeye 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 here.
Ebeye dock currently handles around 400TEUs per year (source MSTCO) The dock is approximately 120m long and currently services international cargo vessels enroute from Majuro and Guam as well as domestic shipping vessels that deliver a wide variety of imported food and household items, construction equipment and materials, and diesel fuel. Local stevedores Stevedore & Terminal Company process the loading and unloading on Ebeye Dock.
There are 2 scheduled freight vessel services per month increasing to 4 in 2018. All containers are unloaded directly by the vessel. There is very limited container handling capability and subsequently containers are unloaded at the dock edge in situ due to the inability to move containers about the dock area.
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
2 per month
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016
Break bulk (MT)
Yes domestic vessels tonnage unknown
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:
Type of Berth
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
The port handling equipping is operated by MISCO. Both the Port Authority and MISCO are state owned enterprises. In 2017 an operational reach loader was donated by USAG but it is in poor condition and will require major maintenance and repairs within 3-6 months for it to continue to be regularly usable.
Ebeye dock area itself is far from 100% space utilisation, 50% of the usable are is littered with old machinery and equipment that is rusted and piled in heaps. This significantly reduces the ability of the dock to function in an open planned space. However in 2017 The Japanese Government donated earth moving equipment which has been as a priority used to clear the dock area.
It is intended that a new warehouse be constructed in the dock area to not only store transit goods but to park loading and unloading equipment for protection.
The handling equipment will be the bottleneck in an emergency given that there is limited and low quality plant available. Container unloading or breakbulk good if sent will require the services of a mobile crane that may be available from a local contractor.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
No onsite belong to a local construction contractor
1 x 40MT
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Forklifts available off site
|Ebeye Port Authority||Containers on Dock Edge|
|Ebeye Dock area-Site for future warehouse||Dockside containers|
|Entrance to Ebeye Dock||Side Dock used by landing craft and smaller vessels|
|Ebeye Public Dock- Dock for USAG Kwajalein Ferry||USAG Ferry from Kwajalein arriving at public dock|
|Old Equipment Ebeye in process of being cleared||Japanese donated Excavator-Clearing Ebetye Dock|
|Mobile Crane||Reach Loader|
|Gauguegue Ramp -damage||Gauguegue Ramp|
Container Facilities Available
Reach stacker handling only
Reach stacker handling only
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
There is a customs officer based at the local government offices. Customs and goods clearance normally takes 24- 48 hours. There are 2 schedules vessel arrivals per month which will increase to 4 in February 2018 with a new bi monthly service direct from Hawaii possibly via Majuro.
For more information on customs in Marshall Islands please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information here.
Main Storage Terminal
Only basic open area storage exists. No covered storage available.
Number of Storage Facilities
No. All good remain in containers
Yes very limited for supply to local super market
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
Handling charges (USD)
No containers are delivered all goods must be collected directly from the port
Current ISPS Level