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Port Overview

The port of Yap is operated through the State government Department of Transport and Public works who has responsibility for both the seaports and airports throughout Yap.

The port consists of a single main dock for international freight inside a security perimeter with two public accessible domestic dock close adjacent to the international dock 

Freight through the terminal is almost exclusively container freight with the exception of vehicles. No bulk break cargo is moved unless it is in an LCL containers bulk or bagged commodities are received or handled internationally. Bulk break goods are however handled on domestic shipping legs.

Main dock infrastructure is poor with cyclone damaged warehouses and structures in disrepair. Handling equipment is also in fair to poor condition. Terminal services are provided by a private company undertaking stevedoring and freight handling.

Port website: NA

Key port information can also be found at:


Port Location and Contact


Federated States Of Micronesia

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Colonia 1 Km

Port's Complete Name

Yap Colonia International Port


9.311593 N


138.73388 E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Dept of Transport and Public Works

Management Contact Person


Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Yap Airport

United Airlines

Caroline Islands Air


Port Picture

Port of Yap

  • Domestic Dock
  • Fisheries Dock
  • Gate
  • Stevedores
  • Transit warehouse
  • Container storage
  • Main dock
  • RoRo Ramp

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Yap Department of transport and Public works are responsible for the administration and regulations of Colonia Port. However all port operations are contracted out to private companies.

WAAP are the main contractors and are responsible for all terminal services and stevedoring. Piloting services are available through WAAP through a subcontracted pilot. 


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

Port Performance

The port handles approximately 3- 5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Yap. The dock is situated at Colonia. With the main dock 264m. The Dock can accommodate vessels up to 500ft

Containers must all be unloaded by gantry crane as no container cranes are available at the dock. Containers can generally be unloaded at 6-10 per hour. 

The port is not congested but the limited amount handling equipment used on the port could leave the port vulnerable in times of high need. Port handling equipment was in poor condition with only a small amount available with major equipment undergoing repairs

Transit warehouse facilities were also in poor condition with walls and ceiling exposed due to the damage caused in 2006 by Typhoon Ester. Apart from the removal of debris no further repair or reconstruction has been undertaken.  The minimal level and poor condition of large handling equipment is a potential bottleneck in the event of an emergency





Time Frame

Rainy Season


November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event

Major Import Campaigns



Other Comments



Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following table:

Terminal Handling Charges

Cost ISD














Bulk break



Handling and loading



Container delivery

20’  USD 148 (Colonia)

40’ USD 170 (Colonia)


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth



Container Berth



Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs



Water Barges



A concrete RoRo Berth is available at the eastern end of the port which is easily able to handle RoRo ramp vessel up to 500MT load capacity

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo

Vehicle imports

Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is owned and managed by WAAP - a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in poor condition with a single top loader available but under repair. Smaller forklifts for movement of palletised freight are available and in fair condition.

The top loader moves all containers from dockside to storage and loads all tractor trailers for delivery. consignees can also unload containers in the storage area in lieu of delivery 


There are no tug masters and all containers are stacked and loaded directly upon the delivery equipment (being trailer chassis) by the single top loader.  WAAP maintains a single prime mover/tractor for delivery. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane



Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes





 Not operational - poor condition awaiting parts for repair

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)



Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines








1 X 25 MT

2 X 3 MT



Top Loader under repair



25MT Forklift for container moving


WAAP Tractor unit for deliveries


Container chassis.

Container Facilities

While almost all freight moving through the port is in containers the port has no dedicated container facility and operates as a general port.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)


Refrigerated Container Stations


Other Capacity Details


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity

Dependent on vessel

Dependent on vessel

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Main Dock


Container Storage  area


Concrete Ramp for Ro Ro Vessels

Main Dock with fuelling point

Customs Guidance

As with all states in the FSM Customs is nationally controlled and regulated through the Department of Finance and Tax Administration. DFTA Customs officers are based in at the adjacent near the YCA building attend the port upon the arrival of each vessel. Attendance at the port is dependent on the schedule otherwise customs is located at the Government administration buildings between 8am-5pm M-F

Standard shipment documentation is required to clear customs and is processed at the port at state level. For tax and duty exemption the procedure is to obtain the exemption letter for humanitarian goods through DECEM and the Dept of Transport and Infrastructure in Palikir and for such an exemption letter to be provided with the clearance documentation at the port level ideally prior to the arrival of the shipment. 

Clearance time for consignment is 24-48 hours and humanitarian goods will be prioritised in an emergency provided correct documentation is complete


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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Yap port is essentially a general terminal and all vessel must be compatible and equipped with the ability to load and unload i.e. Gantry cranes for containers or bulk break or bagged or ramped vessels for vehicle loading on to the flat dock.

 There is one main general dock at 264 m by 20m wide. A concrete RoRo ramp is situated outside the main dock adjacent to the east end of Dock A for use with front ramp landing craft.

Grain and Bulk Handling


Main Storage Terminal

Storage at the terminal is poor and cannot be expected to be used in an emergency as it can only handle small amounts of freight. Damage to the building caused by cyclones has rendered the building exposed to the elements.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo


Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo

1 Poor condition200 m2


Transit warehouse with exposed sides

Transit warehouse


Former fishing coolstore. Leased to private entity for development


Former fishing coolstore not usable.


While the port operation falls under the Department of Public Works and Transport stevedoring services are provided by a single private company WAAP which undertakes all terminal services. WAPP also provide services as a shipping agent and local transport services. WAAP offices are located at the Dock in the transit warehouse

All ships operating at the port require gantry cranes to load/unload all container freight. The Kyowa line uses RoRo vessels for the shipment of vehicles which also fall under the responsibility of WAAP

Stevedoring services are mechanical as are terminal services and the labour component is for the unstuffing of containers. During an emergency additional labour can be provided by the Dept of Public Works and transport of needed.

Hinterland Information

The private Terminal services operator WAAP also provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 10 days after vessel departure to unload containers. WAAP own 1 x prime mover /tractor and 6 trailers. Matson Shipping owns 4 trailers which are also towed buy WAAP. There is only 1 x 40’ trailer available

Demurrage is charged after 10 days at the following rates

 20’ container USD4.50/day

40”container USD6.50/day

There are no side loading container chassis available so all container that require unloading at the site require forklifts to unload. The 25MT forklift can be hired at USD835/hour

Port Security

Micronesia is not signatory to the ISPS Code, however, the U.S. has invested resources to assist the Federated States of Micronesia build the capacity to implement the ISPS Code to increase merchant trade. 

Yap Port operates under ISPS guidelines and has recently undertaken an inspection (January 2018) While the results are unknown at the time of writing there was verbal acknowledgment from the Port Manager of some minor breaches.

Entry to the Port requires photo ID which is held by security during the visit. The port is only accessible to persons involved in the collection of freight. It is also common for containers to be unloaded in the port area onto private transport as such despite the small volume the port is open to traffic for such purposes.


ISPS Compliant

Yes with current breaches

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

No indication of level by Port Manager

Police Boats


Fire Engines

None observed on site. Fire services based at airport available




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