The port of Weno is operated through the State government Department of Transport and Public works who has responsibility for both the seaports and airports throughout Chuuk.
The port consists of two main docks and hosts both Intentional and domestic shipping.
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.
Chuuk (formerly Truk) lagoon has a significant maritime history being the service port for Japanese fleet during WW2. As such the access and shelter provided to ships including aircraft carriers is historically easily accommodated.
Port website: http://www.ict.fm/transportation-marine.html
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Federated States Of Micronesia
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Weno 1 Km
Port's Complete Name
|Port of Chuuk|
Managing Company or Port Authority
Dept Transport and Public Works
Management Contact Person
|John Smith Port Manager|
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Chuuk International Airport
The port terminal services and stevedoring is handled by a private company Transco. Piloting services are handled by private operators.
Chuuk Department of transport and Public works are responsible for the administration and regulations of Weno Port. However all port operations are contracted out to private companies.
Transco are the main contractors and are responsible for all terminal services and stevedoring. Piloting services are available through Transco through a subcontracted pilot.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Micronesia Port and Waterways Companies Contact List
The port itself handles approximately 5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Chuuk. The dock is situated on Weno Island inside Truk lagoon and access is via channels through the outer reef. With 2 docks 190m and 185M long the largest vessel accommodated at the dock was 13000 tons. Larger ships may anchor in the lagoon.
Containers must all be unloaded by Gantry crane as no container cranes are available at the dock. Depending on ships gantry crane capacity. 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 good condition but only a small number were available.
November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event
Major Import Campaigns
HANDLING FIGURES for 2017
|60 per year|
Container Traffic (TEUs)
|750 per year|
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
Break bulk (MT)
|Approx 150-200 MT/Year|
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following table:
Terminal Handling charges
4% of CIF
Demurrage after 10 days Dockside
20’ USD 62.10/day +5% state tax
40’ USD 124.20/day +5% state tax
Shipping Agent Handling charges for customs clearance only.
USD52.50 10% of 4% CIF
Bulk break freight
Shipping Agent handling charges for clearing containers
20’ USD 210
40’ USD 425
Delivery of containers to site
20’ USD 189
40’ USD 217
Demurrage is charged after 3 days at the following rates
Container moving/loading unloading to site outside dock
Tractor rental USD 175/hr
Trailer Rental USD50/hr
2 forklifts required to unload empty container USD183/hr
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
|2||180 and 190||9|
A concrete RoRo ramp available for front ramp vessels including landing craft.
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
The port equipment is owned and managed by Transco - a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in good condition although only single top loader is available. Smaller forklift 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. Transco maintains a single prime mover/tractor for delivery.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
1 X 2 MT
1 X 5 MT
1 X 6 MT
While almost all freight moving through the port in containers the port has no dedicated container facility and operates as a general port.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Dependent on vessel
Dependent on vessel
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
As will 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 each state capital and attend the airport 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 the Federated States of Micronesia, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.
Weno 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 are 2 general docks areas 180m and 190m long by 20m wide.
The Domestic RoRo ramp is situated outside the main dock adjacent to the east end of Dock A for use with front ramp landing craft.
Weno Port has two storage areas dock side this a transit warehouse for Bulk break fright and outside container storage Please see map above
Number of Storage Facilities
No specific areas for bagged cargo only dock side transit
warehouses used for bulk break or bagged goods
1 – Dockside for Bulk break freight2 Outside Dock area Containers and general (Public works)
Transit warehouse for LCL Bulk break freight
Warehouse adjacent to transit warehouse
While the port operation falls under the Department of Public Works and Transport stevedoring services are provided by a single private company Transco. Transco also undertakes terminal services. Transco also provide services as a shipping agent and local transport services. Transco Offices are located adjacent to the Dock area on the access road (refer map)
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 Transco.
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 owrks and transport of needed.
The private Terminal services operator Transco also provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 3 days after vessel departure to unload containers. Transco own 1 x prime mover /tractor and 8 trailers.
Demurrage is charged after 3 days at the following rates
20’ container USD65.21/day
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.
Weno Port operates under ISPS guidleines 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 which are rectifiable. Surveillance
Yes with current breaches
Current ISPS Level
No indication of level by Port Manager
None observed on site. Fire services based at airport available