Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=1600
The International wharf is owned by the Vanuatu Government, its currently under renovation and is scheduled for completion in 2017. Two container ships, or one large cruise ship, will be able to berth at the same time. A large cruise ship terminal is also being built to accommodate large cruise vessels. Copra is a major trading commodity for Santo and two large warehouses have been built on the wharf to store copra from the weather. Pilot is compulsory for >60m ships. Simonsen is the domestic wharf owned by the Vanuatu Government and located next door.
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Santo, Sanma Province
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority
Port Authority- Ports and Harbour Department
Wharf managed by Northern Islands Stevedoring Company Limited. (NISCOL)
Management Contact Person
Port Authority - +678 36033
Harbour Master-Terry Ngwele
+678 33790; +678 7783338/ 5728816
NISCOL – 36084; firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO -Phillip Ryan +678 36084; +678 7777121
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Pekoa Aiport, Luganville
IMAGE 1: International wharf on the left. Simonsen domestic wharf on the right.
Live port performance can be found at the following link: https://www.fleetmon.com/ports/luganville-santo_vusan_9837/?language=en
The Berth is 360 m, depth 22 m.
Multipurpose for cargo and cruise. Oil, fuel ship discharge on wharf and pump to terminal. Cruise terminal under development.
The old International wharf is currently being upgraded which is due for completion in 2017. The wharf capabilities at the Simonsen wharf are small and currently can only serve on cargo vessel at a time. The refurbished NISCOL wharf will see a greater capacity for cargo ships and also allow the berthing of cruise vessels which will improve the supply chain and economic growth of the Northern islands.
Nov - April
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Type of Berth
20 m wide apron.
The port is the deepest in the Pacific at 20m with approximately 12m at the wharf front.
General Cargo Handling Berths
The wharf can handle 40 mt per m3 loading of wharf.
Port Handling Equipment
The management and handling of the port is contracted to the Northern Islands Stevedoring Company Limited (NISCOL).
There are no cranes or gantrys available. Ships arrived must be geared with own crane at a capacity of 38 mt minimum. No tined machines
2 x Top loader trucks 38 mt. Will handle 20ft and 40 ft.
There is one crane for hire, 70 mt grove, owned by a Chinese company at Velit bay.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
2 x 16 mt tined machine
3.5 mt forklifts for loading containers
The wharf has capacity for about 1000 TEU’s
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
There is a Customs office at the wharf
For more information on customs in Vanuatu, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information here.
The Port of Luganville is managed by NISCOL. The port has one berth that is shared by cargo ships and cruise vessels.
Pacific Petroleum Company has their own port installation for unloading fuel tankers directly into their storage facilities
Grain and Bulk Handling
No grain or bulk handing handling facilities
Main Storage Terminal
The main storage is located on the wharf and is about 1,000 m² in size and is the custom and quarantine warehouse.
It has capacity for approximately 500 bulker bags at 1.2m squared (stacked 3 high).
There are two new large copra warehouses on the wharf but these are generally full.
A large cruise ship terminal is being built. In time of disaster this could be used for relief supplies.
Number of Storage Facilities
NISCOL is the only stevedoring company in Santo. They handle
- export and import containers,
- transit of containers and handling,
- transhipment of containers.
- transportation of 20 and 40 ft containers.
NISCOL has two 38 mt top loader trucks for container movements
Current ISPS Level