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Port Overview

Mahajanga is the third busiest port in Madagascar, but no rehabilitation has been taken place since many years. The port is mainly used for local traffic on Madagascar's West coast and neighboring islands, as well as by local operators. Big prawn farms are located South and North of Mahajanga and use the port to export their products.

 

Mahajanga port has no strategic importance for humanitarian activities, unless cyclones and floods result in major road cuts. In that case, humanitarian aid could be dispatched from Mahajanga to North (Antsohihy) or South (Maintirano, Morondava) using coasters or landing crafts (beachers).

 

Long haul vessels cannot berth at Mahajanga port and a transhipment to barges has to take place for any big or medium sized vessel. The barges are towed to the berth by the tugs of two stevedore companies, where the cargoes are handled and stored in warehouses or respectively stacked in the relevant container yards.

Only cargo for Comoros, fishing vessels and small crafts for national trades are operated directly at the berth. Long haul vessels or container ships may anchor in deeper waters at best position of the port. Draught at quay is 4.50 meters only and is calculated on high tide. Transhipment can result in more damages caused by double handling.

 

Service vessels, tugs, barges etc. fall dry, the small craft area (Quai d’Oranges/Quai des Boutres) used by wooden sailing vessels falls completely dry, too.

 

Same counts for the main anchorage area with a stated depth of 12 meters, according to international standards it should read 8 meters. Considering this, a maximum draft of 6.5 to 7 meters is the limit. The data for the fairway channel are from the end of the 1950s, more actual soundings have not been carried out. Sedimentation from the Betsiboka River increases the uncertainties. According to the Port Authority, new soundings are planned for the next years.

 

The draft restrictions for Mahajanga roads also limit the vessel size.

In average, 800 TEU vessels are in service.

 

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

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Madagascar

Province

Mahajanga

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Mahajanga

N/A

Port's Complete Name

Port of Mahajanga

Latitude

-15.727000°

Longitude

46.310955°

Managing Company or Port Authority

APMF

Agence Portuaire, Maritime et Fluviale

Management Contact Person

Regional Director

Mr Maurice TIANJARA

0321125708

maurice@apmf.mg

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Philibert Tsiranana : Airport 9km

Air Madagascar: Dzaoudzi-PamandziMoroni

Ewa Air: Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi

Int'Air Îles: AnjouanMoroni

Port Picture

 

 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

PORT SERVICE / DEALERS:

SMOI PT: Steering / boatage

SEMS: Stevedoring for MSC containers line

COMAMA: Stevedoring for CMA-CGM containers line

EUSTRATIOU: BAC Boeny operator

 

OPERATORS:

GASY NET: Scanner control

LPSA: Setting up fuel pipe line

VITOGAZ: Setting up fuel pipe line

SOMAPECHE: Fishing and Treatment Company

REFRIGEPECHE: Fishing and Treatment Company

COLAS: Logistics base

SEMS: Slipway and fairing

 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Madagascar Port and Waterways Companies Contact List

Port Performance

 

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From December to June

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Other Comments

Cyclonic season from February to May

 

 

Total port traffic  (in metric ton)

2012

267 831

2013

299 945

2014

339 121

2015

338 973

 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

To warehouse/trucks - Breakbulk: 200/gang/crane

Pilotage fees compulsory, request to be cabled 24 hours prior to arrival. A launching boat assists with the in and out manoeuvres.

28 containers per hour may be discharged to barges to transfer to the quay where there is another handling/lifting from barge to quay.

 

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

1

150

4.5

N/A



Port Handling Equipment

Equipment

 

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Dockside Crane

Yes

1 x 40 MT

Container Gantries

No

 

Mobile Cranes

Yes

2 x 10 MT

1 x 12 MT

2 x 30 MT

1 x 100 MT

Reachstacker

No

 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

 

Transtainer

No

 

Forklifts

No

 

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

Container Facilities Available

450 EVP

Refrigerated Container Stations

48

Customs Guidance

Customs are available on site at any time for any declaration/clearance and can process to visa delivery on arrival.

In emergency situations, the custom procedure can be streamlined. The cargo, which has been announced electronically prior vessel’s arrival (normal procedure), can be delivered after its discharge directly into the emergency area. The clearance-related administration and fees / duties can be settled afterwards.

 

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


Terminal Information

Main Storage Terminal

The SEMS warehouse is generally feasible to store bagged cargo / foodstuff.

Another warehouse used by COMAMA for the storage of cement is contaminated with cement dust and difficult to clean for the purpose of food storage.

 

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

1

2,300

Refrigerated Cargo

2

5,200

General Cargo

5

600

Stevedoring

The cargo handling activities in the port and for the barge operation are shared by two stevedore companies. COMAMA (blue equipment) operates CMA/CGM vessels; SEMS (red / green equipment) handles MSC. The stevedore companies have an agreement to share the equipment (pooling), which counts for reach-stackers, trucks and forklifts.

Mobile berth cranes to load / unload the barges are more dedicated to the relevant berth area adjacent to the container stacks of the two container shipping lines. Next to the equipment share of the stevedores, it can be estimated that the handling rates of both are similar or same. SEMS also operates a feeder vessel and a landing craft.

Hinterland Information

Despite the presence of an international airport, the port of Toliara is mainly connected to the hinterland destinations by road.

All types of truck can have access on the port and his berth for cargo off take but the majority are containers trucks (20ft and 40 ft).

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

No