The port of Antsiranana (or Diego Suarez) has long time been the third busiest port of Madagascar and the centre of social activity of the citizen.
Today, it is specialized on container handling and most of the fishing companies have stop their activities decreasing consequently the vitality of the port.
- Water depth of 8.5 m at the berth is sufficient for relevant vessel / feeder traffic
- RoRo operation is possible with side- and quarter-ramp vessels
- Passage into the bay for larger vessels may be critical
- Road connections to the South in bad condition
- Berth is feasible for both breakbulk and RoRo operations (upon vessel acceptance)
- Ships gear mandatory, no berth cranes
- 2 very small operational tug for berthing assistance
- Small coaster and landing craft can also be found alongside in the tugs docking area
Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information on Madagascar
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Port of Antsiranana
Managing Company or Port Authority
APMF (Agence Portuaire Maritime et Fluviale)
Management Contact Person
APMF Regional Director:
Mr Jaona RAMANANSOA
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Antsiranana Arrachart Airport
Ewa Air : Dzaoudzi
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
CMDMD: Stevedoring for MSC container line
COMADIE: Stevedoring for CGA-CGM container line
SMOI PT: Steering / boatage
SOMAPOR: Manufacture of metal cans
PFOI: Fishing and storage
CSM: Salt Company
GASY NET: Scanner control
LPSA: Setting up pipe line
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Madagascar Port and Waterways Companies Contact List
Going in line with a further containerization of ports, the Port of Antsiranana was converted from a multipurpose facility to an almost exclusive container terminal. Sheds and warehouses on the berth have been demolished in favour of storage area for containers.
Two container lines (MSC and CMA/CGM) are serving the port, the cargo mainly transhipped in Port Louis / Mauritius. The terminal is in a good condition and the storage of the containers is handled in a proper manner.
From December to June
Major Import Campaigns
Cyclonic season from February to May
Handling Figures for 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Total port traffic (in metric ton)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Container handling productivity is between 12 and 18 containers / hour with two cranes.
Type of Berth
Port Handling Equipment
No fixed cranes, gantries or transtainers are available; the stacking is done by reach-stackers only.
The mobile handling equipment is shared by the two stevedore companies COMADIE and CMDMD.
For loading / unloading of containers vessels ship’s gear is mandatory. The feeder vessels calling the Madagascan ports are normally equipped with two cranes, limited in size in order to fit into other ports apart from Antsiranana, too. Container handling productivity is between 12 and 18 containers / hour with two cranes.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
6 x 2.5 tons
2 x 15 tons
2 x 10 tons
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 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
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
1 x 2,700
1 x 2,800
CMDMD : 3,500
CO.MA.DIE : 3,200
There are two stevedore companies COMADIE and CMDMD for the two container lines (MSC and CMA/CGM) which are serving the port.
Both stevedore companies charge the same rates to their customers.
CMDMD – MSC containers
COMADIE – CGA CGM containers
Current ISPS Level
Yes, from the BANA
(Base Navale de la