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Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Honiara

Port Overview

The seaport of Point Cruz is the main port of entry into Solomon Islands. A number of international shipping companies operate as the port has facility to handle containers Passenger ferry services operate from Honiara's main wharf at Point Cruz, the Notable operators are the ferry operations MV Pelican Express and MV Solomon Express, offering services once a week to Malaita and the western provincial cities of Mbunikalo, Seghe, Noro, and Gizo. Fuel is imported through a single buoy mooring system and pumped ashore through to the tanks farms belonging to Shell and those of Markworth Oil Ltd, Honiara Bulk Fuel. Larger vessels requiring bunkers up to 100,000 litres can be bunkered at the main port using trucks. Dump barges can be engaged for bunkers greater than 100,000 litres provided at least two weeks notice is given (South Pacific Oils).  


Port Location and Contact


Solomon Islands

Province or District


Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port


Adjacent to port

Port's Complete Name

Port Of Honiara





Managing Company or Port Authority

 Solomon Islands Ports Authority

Management Contact Person

Hugo Bugoro

Nearest Airport and Airlineswith Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

AIRPORT NAME: Honiara International (8 km)

LIST OF INTERNATIONAL CARRIERS: Solomon Airlines, Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airlines, Pacific Blue Airlines, Virgin Blue, Qantas

Port Picture

1          Container berth 1                    5. Shell Fuel Storage facility                                       


4          Container storage area           8. Patrol boat berths

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The Management of the port is under Solomon Islands Port Authority (SIFA). They are responsible for all administrative matters and development. SIFA also manage all stevedoring operations. Tug boat services are contracted to 2 companies Pacific Towing (a Papua New Guinea company) and Dalgros (local). Port security is organised by the Government appointed Director Of Corporate Service There are several local shipping agents, Tradco, Sullivans and IDC Shipping Agencies, who handle the bulk of the port business. Transport ex-port by road is mainly done by owner operators or onward shipped on ferries and small boats to other islands.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:  4.2.3 Soloman Islands Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The only limitations to vessel size are the depth of the berths. There are no bottlenecks. Pilotage and Tugs are compulsory for vessels above 40m LOA. The port is rarely congested and consequently there is no waiting time. If necessary, humanitarian cargo will be given priority, with prior approval from the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs. This is a formality.


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2015

(Includes Container volume)

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges


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


Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth

2 x multi -use

#1. 130

8 - 10


Container Berth

#2. 150


Also RoRo capable

Silo Berth




Berthing Tugs



2 x tugs berthed at domestic Ferry jetties or anchored

Water Barges



May be berthed at domestic ferry jetties


Honiara has a deepwater international berth 120 meters (m) long, with a maximum depth of 10.5m alongside. Vessels up to 200 m long can be handled. In addition, Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) operates a 85-m wharf, with a depth of 3.4 m alongside, as well as a barge ramp. Adjacent to the international Port of Honiara, there are 7 small jetties for local cargo/passenger and fishing vessels. Fuel is discharged through a submarine cable and deposited into tanks on the wharf, run by the two fuel importers.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Berths 1 & 2

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Berths 1 & 2

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Berth  2

Other Imports

Berths 1 & 2

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port handling equipment is operated and managed by SIPA, the Port Management entity


Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Container Facilities

The port is accustomed to large volumes of containerised cargo, however it relies on shipboard cranes to unload containers to wharf. Containers can be unloaded by other means on Berth 2. Provided the ship is RoRo capable.


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


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)


Customs Guidance

 Customs officers at the port are available 24/7. Their offices are located adjacent to the wharf. There is no waiting time for customs on arrival and clearance of a vessel generally takes about 1 hour. There are no special protocols to follow, customs officials are generally honest and straightforward to deal with.

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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Berth #2 (see table ‘Berthing Specifications” above) is a multipurpose and can accommodate  

Grain and Bulk Handling

There is no specialised bulk grain handling facilities. Bulk grain is received containerised and trucked to the local mill in  container. There are no bagging companies in the Solomon Islands.

Main Storage Terminal

There are 2 covered warehouses in the wharf compound area owned by SIFA. They are generally 40% utilised climbing to 60% utilization over the peak period Dec-Jan


Total floor spaceQuantityFloor Area (m2)
Main Quay Transit Sheds
Back of Port Transit Sheds
Lighterage Area Transit Sheds
Customs Warehouses


Stevedoring is provided 7 days a week, 24 hours a day as required. It is managed by SIPA, they run 3 x 8 hour shifts with a 4th gang on standby.

Hinterland Information

There are 30-40 side-lifter trucks owned by companies and individual operators that move containerised goods from the port. This is adequate for current demand and will also be sufficient to meet surge requirements. There is ample supply of smaller trucks owned by individual operators for shifting break bulk goods.

Port Security

The Director Of Corporate Services is responsible for the management of the Port Security. Security is good and there have been no reported issues. Port is patrolled 24/7