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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

Country

Madagascar

Province or District

Antsiranana

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Antsiranana

N/A

Port's Complete Name

Port of Antsiranana

Latitude

-12.268972°

Longitude

49.288464°

Managing Company or Port Authority

APMF (Agence Portuaire Maritime et Fluviale)

Management Contact Person

APMF Regional Director:

Mr Jaona RAMANANSOA

0321125765

jaona@apmf.mg

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Antsiranana Arrachart Airport

Air Madagascar: DzaoudziLa Réunion, Antananarivo, Mahajanga, Sambava

Ewa Air : Dzaoudzi

Port Picture 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

CMDMD: Stevedoring for MSC container line

COMADIE: Stevedoring for CGA-CGM container line

SGTPSM: Towing

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

Port Performance

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.

 

 

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From December to June

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Other Comments

Cyclonic season from February to May

Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls

315

Container Traffic (TEUs)

7,800 (CMDMD/MSC)

Total port traffic  (in metric ton)

2012

277’043

2013

310’10

2014

257’794

2015

271’749

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Container handling productivity is between 12 and 18 containers / hour with two cranes.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

1

300

8.5

N/A

 

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.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

 n/a

 n/a

Container Gantries

No

 n/a

 n/a

Mobile Cranes

No

 n/a

 n/a

Reach-stacker

Yes

2

Good condition

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

 n/a

 n/a

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

 n/a

 n/a

Transtainer

No

 n/a

 n/a

Forklifts

Yes

6 x 2.5 tons

2 x 15 tons

2 x 10 tons

Good condition

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 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

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Refrigerated Cargo

2

1 x 2,700

1 x 2,800

General Cargo

CMDMD : 3,500

CO.MA.DIE : 3,200

Stevedoring

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

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes, from the BANA

(Base Navale de la

Marine Nationale)

Fire Engines

No