Papua New Guinea Port Assessment

Port Infrastructure - The port sector of Papua New Guinea (PNG) comprises 22 declared ports and many small wharves, jetties, and landing stages. Only the ports of Lae, Moresby, Madang, Kimbe, and Rabaul have appropriate port infrastructure and receive international as well as coastal traffic. Private organizations also establish and operate port facilities where government ports do not exist or where there are greater benefits. This is particularly the case for forestry, petroleum, mining companies, and some agricultural firms.

The fully state-owned PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PPCL) operates 16 of the 22 declared ports, including two ports operated by its agents. The other six declared ports are either being run by private entities or not operating. The PPCL-operated ports handle about 90% of international ships calling at PNG ports and 80% of PNG’s international and domestic cargo. The ports of Lae and Port Moresby alone account for more than 70% of the throughput of the declared ports.

Generic information on shipping services, cargo troughput and performance indicators for the port sector can be found in the following document:

Papua New Guinea Port Assessment Additional Information

Port of Lae

Key port information can also be found at:

Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Lea

Port Overview:
The Port of Lae is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean on the mouth of the Markham River as it enters Huon Gulf in northeast Papua New Guinea. The Port of Lae is the capital of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Province and the second biggest city in the country. It is located at the beginning of the Highlands Highway, the main land transportation artery from the highlands to the coast. The Port of Lae is Papua New Guinea’s main cargo port and the marketing centre for agricultural produce from the region. The primary commercial activities in the Port of Lae are based on timber, coffee, and plywood exports. In 2004, the Port of Lae was home to almost 110 thousand people.

Port website: Website of the Port of Lae

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Papua New Guinea

Province or District

Morobe

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Lae

km: n/a

Port's Complete Name

n/a

Latitude

06° 44.0’ S

Longitude

146° 59.0’ E

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

PNG Ports Corporation Ltd

Management Contact Person

n/a

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.2.3 Papua New Guinea Port and Waterways Contact List

Port Performance

Handling Figures

Year 2005

Vessel Calls

n/a

Container Traffic (TEUs)

23,811 TEU

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Information on discharge rates can be found in the following document:

PNG Discharge Rates

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

5

see document below

see document below

Container Berth

5

see document below

see document below

Silo Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

Berthing Tugs

2*

Water Barges

n/a

*Two tugs operating • Privately owned and operated under license issued by the PNG Ports Corporation Limited • Arrangements can be made with Private Operators through the respective Shipping Agents.

The Port of Lae contains 619 m of berthing positions. Berths 1 and 2 at the Overseas Wharf are each 123 m long with alongside depth of 11 m. Berth 3 at the Overseas Wharf is 184 m long with alongside depth of 11 m. The Coastal Wharf contains Berths 4 and 5, both with alongside depth of 13 m. Berth 4 is 54 m long, and Berth 5 is 35 m long. The Tanker Berth is 100 m long with alongside depth of 10 m. The Barge Ramp is 12 m wide. Tidal range in the Port of Lae is 1.2 m.

Further information on Berthing Equipment & Specifications can be found in the following document: PNG Discharge Rates

Port Handling Equipment

The Port of Lae does not have wharf-mounted cranes; however, its mobile cranes have capacity for 20-ton containers. Heavier loads must be approved by the Port Authority before vessels enter the port. The Port of Lae’s Vigan Machine handles bulk cargoes of wheat and grain.
Following container service companies are operating in Lae seaport:

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

n/a

n/a

n/a

Container Gantries

n/a

n/a

n/a

Mobile Cranes

n/a

n/a

n/a

Reachstacker

n/a

n/a

n/a

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

Yes

n/a

Owned by private companies

Transtrainer

n/a

n/a

 

Forklifts

Yes

n/a

Forklifts are available and capable of lifting up to 20 tonne containers

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

n/a

n/a

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a

n/a

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

25 per hour

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

n/a

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

n/a

n/a

Further information on container facilities can be found in the following document:

PNG Discharge Rates

Customs Guidance

1.3 Papua New Guinea Customs Information

Terminal Information

Information on the oil handling terminal please select the following document:

Papua New Guinea Port Assessment Additional Information

Grain and Bulk Handling

The Port has a Vigan Machine and handles Bulk wheat and grain.

Bagging and grain handling capacities exist at private company level. Both Flour Mills have their own bagging system in place.

Main Storage Terminal

The Port of Lae offers over 53,500 m² of storage space. It contains over 14,200 m² of storage sheds. Sheds 1A and 1B each cover 1,330 m². Sheds 4, 6, and 7 are each 1,660 m². Shed 3 covers 4,850 m². Shed 5 is 660 m², and Shed 8 is 360 m². The Port of Lae also has 39,000 m² of open storage.

Under cover storage: 14,600 m², Open storage 39,000 m²

Stevedoring

Stevedoring is ensured by private companies (annual licensing) in all ports of PNG. The majority of them are sub-companies of Steamships. All companies insist on the confidentiality of their tariffs and rates. Most of the time, stevedoring operations costs are included in the global service costs ensured by the sea transport companies.

Further information on stevedoring rates can be found in the following document:

PNG Discharge Rates

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

Yes

Current ISPS Level

1

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

n/a

Fire Engines

n/a