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Port Overview

Neiafu is the second-largest town in Tonga with a population of about 6,000. The port of Refuge is a deep-water harbour on the southern coast of Vava'u, the main island of the Vava'u archipelago in northern Tonga. Neiafu is the administrative centre of the Vava'u group and has government offices, banks, schools, a police station and a hospital. It is also an important centre for tourism with many yachts anchoring in the Port of Refuge. Port of Neiafu (Vava’u) belongs to Ministry of Marine and Ports and it is Harbor. Port of Neiafu (Vava’u)'s size is small.

Port website

Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Website information on Tonga 

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Tonga

Province or District

 Vava'u

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name : Neiafu

Adjacent to port

Port's Complete Name

Port of Neiafu

Latitude

-18.65583

Longitude

-173.9844

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Tonga Port Authority

Management Contact Person

Sioeli Fifita

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: 

Lupepauʻu Airport (10 km)

 Airlines: Fiji

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Tonga Port Authority is responsible for managing the port facility and coordination with customs. There is only one stevedoring company and limited off loading and transport capacity.

For information on Tonga Port of Neiafu contact details, please see the following links: 

4.2.4 Tonga Port and Waterways Company Contact List

4.2.1 Tonga Government Contact List

 

Port Performance

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

Time frame

Rainy Season

No n/a

Major Import Campaigns

No n/a

Other

n/a

Small port with no handling facilities

Handling Figures 2015

Vessel Calls

n/a

Container Traffic (TEUs)

Nil international

 

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk 2015

Bulk and Break Bulk (MT)

Nil

Break bulk (MT) Nil

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

-

-

-

Pier depth 7.1 m – 9.1 m

Container Berth

1

65 m

6.6

 This is the only international berth in the port of Neiafu Pier depth 7.1 m – 9.1 m

Silo Berth

-

-

-

-

Berthing Tugs

-

-

-

-

Water Barges

-

-

-

-

The maximum draft for the channel is 6.6m but recommended times for vehicles with draft over 6m is 1 hour before of after high tide.  Pilot is compulsory and must be boarded outside of the harbour limit, which is an imaginary line crossing from Lotuma Island to Teleki (part of Tu’anuku village).

For vessel with captains that have not been to Vava’u, it is recommended that pilot board at Faihava passage between Tu’ungasika and Luafatu Island if weather permitted.

Average time from pilot boarding to berthing is 1 hour.

 

 

Additional information sources: 

Ports.com

World Port Source

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

No

Exports - Bagged Cargo

No

Imports and Exports – RoRo

No

 

Other Imports

No

Port Handling Equipment

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

n/a

n/a

Container Gantries

No

n/a

n/a

Mobile Cranes

No

n/a

n/a

Reachstacker

No

n/a n/a

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)

No

n/a

n/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

No

n/a

n/a

Transtrainer

n/a

n/a

n/a

Forklifts

Yes

1 3 - 5 mt

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft.

40 ft.

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes
Container Freight Station (CFS) No No

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes
Other Capacity Details

n/a

n/a
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day) n/a n/a
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points) 1 1
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication) n/a n/a
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift) n/a n/a

Customs Guidance

Customs are on hand for all arrivals as notified prior by TPA. They are generally efficient and effective in executing their duties. For information on Tonga Port of Nuku’alofa customs details, please see the following link:

1.3 Tonga Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

There are no multipurpose terminal facilities.

Grain and Bulk Handling

There are no grain and bulk handling facilities.

Main Storage Terminal

There are no storage facilities Customs may be able to provide minimal short term storage in their shed. (100 m2)).

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)
Refrigerated Cargo Nil Nil

General Cargo

Nil

 Nil

Bagged Cargo

Nil

 Nil

Stevedoring

One company (Gutenbeil) supplies stevedoring facilities as required. On board to dockside using ship’s crane and forklift.

Hinterland Information

There is one operator available by arrangement with PAL of stevedoring company. There is one flat bed (15 MT) and one flatbed with container side-lifter.

Port Security

Port is fenced with 24/7 gatehouse security. No history of security issues.

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

Yes

Current ISPS Level

1

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

1

Fire Engines

No