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Port Overview

Arutanga Harbour is the only mainstream operation port that serves Aitutaki internationally. It is managed by the Cook Islands Ports Authority, they also own and manage the equipment used dock-side and the barges.

It is a small harbour inside the reef with a narrow pass (about 30m wide) and shallow (about 1.6m)

Large ships anchor off and all cargo is shipped to dock by barge.

 A concept proposal for the Port of Aitutaki involving the enlargement and deepening of the Aitutaki main entrance channel to accommodate local inter-Island ships and visiting yachts, and deepening the area in front of the existing fishing club for use as a marina, is to be undertaken as a long term project. No dates have been set for this work.

Port website: No port website

Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Cook Islands 

Province or District

Aitutaki

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Arutanga 

Adjacent 

Port's Complete Name

Arutanga Port 

Latitude

 18.51S  

Longitude

159.49W,  

Managing Company or Port Authority

Cook Islands Ports Authority 

Management Contact Person

Nooroa (Bim) Tou
General Manager

Phone: +682 21921
Mob: +682 55750
nooroa.tou@cookislands.gov.ck 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Rarotonga International Airport 

Air NZ, Jetstar, Virgin Australia 

Port Picture


1 CIPO office and storage          2 Container stacking area 

 

3 Barge berth and container unloading area

 

4 Container stacking area


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The port is is managed by the Cook Islands Ports Authority, they also own and manage the equipment used dockside and the barges used to transfer from larger ships to wharf. Stevedoring services are supplied by Baxter Boys Seana B Ltd.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List here.

Port Performance

The port links Aitutaki to the main Island Rarotonga and New Zealand. The port is not congested and receives ships on average every 6 weeks. The shallow channel draft means all shipping anchors off and cargo is transferred to wharf by barge. General turnaround time is 20 containers per day (2/barge trip/hour) however in rough or windy weather unloading may be restricted or not possible at all.

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

No

 

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Other Comments

 

Handling Figures for 2018

Vessel Calls

12

Container Traffic (TEUs)

470

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for  

Bulk (MT)

N/a

Break bulk (MT)

67MT

 

 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:  www.ports.co.ck

 

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

N/a

N/a

N/a

A 1.6 m draft at harbour entrance means no ships enter.

Container Berth

N/a

N/a

N/a

 

Silo Berth

N/a

N/a

N/a

 

Berthing Tugs

N/a

N/a

N/a

 

Water Barges

N/a

N/a

N/a

 

 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

N/a

Exports - Bagged Cargo

N/a

Imports and Exports - RoRo

N/a

Other Imports

N/a

Port Handling Equipment

The port handling equipment, including barges, is owned and operated by the Ports Authority

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

 

N/a

Container Gantries

No

 

N/a

Mobile Cranes

Yes

20T

Maintained

Reachstacker

No

 

N/a

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

 

N/a

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

 

N/a

Transtainer

No

 

N/a

Forklifts

Yes


2 x 3T
   1 x 3.5T
1 x 6T
  1 X 32T

Maintained

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Uncovered stacking areas dockside for approximately 60 TEU

 

Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/a

N/a

Refrigerated Container Stations

N/a

N/a

Other Capacity Details

N/a

N/a

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

N/a

N/a

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

N/a

N/a

Emergency Take-off Capacity

20/day

10/day

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

20/day

10/day

Customs Guidance

 Customs have an officer based full time on the island who will be available to clear any shipping arrivals. Generally ships pass through the Port of Avatiu (Rarotonga) en route so customs clearance will have taken place there. They are capable of immigration and quarantine duties as necessary.

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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

There are no multipurpose terminals available. Large ships are anchored off and unloaded to wharf via barge 2 x 20’ containers maximum load at a time.

Grain and Bulk Handling

There is no bagged or bulk grain handling facilities.

Main Storage Terminal

There is a covered and secure storage building that also houses the Port Authority offices on a mezzanine floor.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

1

300

Refrigerated Cargo

There are no refrigerated container points

N/a

General Cargo

1 (same as for bagged above)

Stevedoring

Stevedoring services are supplied by Baxter Boys Seana B Ltd. a local firm. Local labour is sourced. They are responsible for operating shipboard cranes used to load cargo onto the barges. The Ports Authority employees are responsible for stacking and marshalling container and break bulk cargo once it has been unloaded from the ship to the barge and then wharf. No unloading can occur on a Sunday due to religious beliefs.

Hinterland Information

There is one side lifter truck available for transportation of 20’ containers around the island. Generally cargo is unloaded from containers in the dock area and transferred to small trucks for distribution.

Port Security

Whilst security is not heavy at the port, due to the isolated and compact nature of the island and its population it is not overly required. However the Ports Authority have ensured it is ISP compliant.

 

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

1

Police Boats

No

Fire Engines

 No

 

 

 

 

 

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