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Port Overview

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:

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact


Republic of Marshall Islands

Province or District


Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port


1 Km

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

Port Picture

Ebeye Dock

Ebeye Ramp

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.

Port Performance

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.  

Seasonal Constraints



Rainy Season


Major Import Campaigns


Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls

2 per month

Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016

Bulk (MT)

Estimate 8000MT

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: 


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)

Conventional Berth




Container Berth

As above


Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs




Water Barges




General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

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

Dockside Crane



Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes



No onsite belong to a local construction contractor

Reach stacker


1 x 40MT


RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)



Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines









Forklifts available off site

Container Facilities

Ebeye Port AuthorityContainers on Dock Edge
Ebeye Dock area-Site for future warehouseDockside containers
Entrance to Ebeye DockSide Dock used by landing craft and smaller vessels
Ebeye Public Dock- Dock for USAG Kwajalein FerryUSAG Ferry from Kwajalein arriving at public dock
Old Equipment Ebeye in process of being clearedJapanese donated Excavator-Clearing Ebetye Dock
Mobile CraneReach Loader
Gauguegue Ramp -damageGauguegue Ramp


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Reach stacker handling only

Reach stacker handling only

Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Customs Guidance

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.   

Terminal Information

Main Storage Terminal

Only basic open area storage exists. No covered storage available.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Bagged Cargo

No. All good remain in containers

Refrigerated Cargo

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)



Container lifting



Hinterland Information

No containers are delivered all goods must be collected directly from the port

Port Security


ISPS Compliant


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


Police Boats


Fire Engines


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