Port Overview

The port of Moroni is under the supervision of the APC (Port Authority of Comoros). Despite the fact that it serves the capital and the most populous island of the Comoros archipelago, the ports of Moroni is the second in terms of attendance and volume. This is due to the shallow draft (5m) at the dock which limits berthing to boats under 70m. Larger vessels must not exceed 150m and must remain in one of the two mooring areas which are 20m deep. Ships that cannot dock at the port unload their goods with their on-board cranes on barges that are then towed to the port. Moroni Terminal is in poor condition and suffers from a lack of investment.

All types of goods pass through the port: vehicles, food, general goods, and construction equipment. Exports are virtually non-existent apart from some cash crops such as cloves and ylang-ylang.

Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Information on Port of Moroni

Port Location and Contact

Country

Comores

Province or District

Grande Comore

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Moroni

N/A

Port's Complete Name

Port de Moroni

Latitude

11°42'12.12"S

Longitude

43°14'53.00"E

Managing Company or Port Authority

APC (Autorité Portuaire des Comores)

Management Contact Person

Mr Bacha CHEFOU

Commandant du port

+269 3395929

chefouport@yahoo.fr

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Moroni Prince Saïd Ibrahim International Airport

Regular flight to  Mayotte, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Réunion, Seychelles, and Turkey.


Port Picture


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Moroni Terminal

Handling of containerized goods or big bags

David SPEE

Director of Operations

+269 369 93 66

David.spee@bolore.com


Collectif de Représentants Maritimes (COREMA)

Handling of goods in bulk and bag

Ahmed MOUSTALI

Manager

+269 332243

moustalliahmed@yahoo.com


Customs

Mr Adam MOEVA

Head of Brigade

+269 3342317


For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.


Port Performance

The port of Moroni is divided into two zones, an international scheduled to handle containers and seized big-bags that another regional through which bulk goods transit and which also serves as a boat dock for passengers traveling from / to nearby islands.

The port is undersized for day-to-day operations, international ships are waiting on average 48 hours before they can unload their goods. Due to the low draft, boats over 70 meters cannot dock and must unload their goods on barges with on-board cranes.

In fact, when the weather becomes rainy or there is swell, the operations are stopped while the weather becomes lighter.

The regional wharf is also congested, unloading operations are done by hand and take several days to unload ships from Madagascar or Tanzania. These boats do not usually stay at anchor and moor with each other while waiting for their unloading tower.

In case of emergency, berthing and unloading of ships carrying humanitarian aid will be prioritized.


Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

December to April

Major Import Campaigns

No

N/A

Other Comments

N/A

Handling Figures for 2018

Vessel Calls (International only)

80

Container Traffic (TEUs) imports

1500

Container Traffic (TEUs) imports

12

Expedition of empty containers

1200

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018

Bulk & Break bulk (MT)

No figures


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Port of Moroni handling rates.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

1

1x 50m

2,5m

Regional wharf (goods / passengers)

Container Berth

1

1x 80m

5m

International wharf

Silo Berth

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Berthing Tugs

N/A

N/A

N/A

Can be moored on the 2 wharfs

Water Barges

N/A

N/A

N/A

Can be moored on the 2 wharfs


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Regional wharf

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Regional wharf

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Regional wharf

Other Imports

Petroleum products (pipeline)

Port Handling Equipment

Handling equipment are managed and owned by the private company Moroni Terminal.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

N/A

N/A

Container Gantries

Yes

3 x 20`

3 x 40`

Good condition

Mobile Cranes

Yes

2 x 60t

Good condition

Reachstacker

Yes

2 x 40t

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

2 x 3 MT

3 x 5 MT

1 x 12 MT

Good condition

Autres équipements

1 Pusher / tug 400 HP

3 barges: 1 x150 MT (12 TEU)

                   2 x 300 MT (24TEU)

5 truck tractors

5 flatbed trailers

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

Container Facilities Available

Hazardous material storage area

General merchandise container storage area

Reefer Zone

Clearing area

Empty container area

Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/A

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Other Capacity Details

 N/A

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

Between 60 and 200 containers per day depending on the weather

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

Up to 50 connection points

Emergency Take-off Capacity

No

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

2 shifts of 40 people

Between 30 and 100 per shifts depending on the weather

Customs Guidance

Customs are present on the port and are open from 7:30 to 14:30 (except Sunday) at the exit of the port. If the documents are up to date it is possible to clear a container in the day. If, after 15 days, a person has failed to submit the necessary documents for customs clearance, the customs officers will make financial penalties.

 

For more information on customs in Comoros, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The multipurpose terminal is the small wharf or regional wharf. This pier is used for the handling of all non-containerized goods. There is a 18-meter-wide sloping dock designed for the Ro-Ro, but it is currently out of service because of the shallow draft.

Moroni Terminal shows very little interest in it, the handling of non-containerized goods is provided by COREMA, a group of docker who unload the goods by hand. COREMA has 72 dockers and can rent handling on lifting equipment if necessary. The handling of bagged goods such as rice, sugar, cement, etc. is 3000 KMF / MT.

Grain and Bulk Handling

Not available.

Main Storage Terminal

There are large warehouses managed by the APC within the port, they are usually used for temporary storage pending clearance of goods.

In the event of a health emergency or natural disaster, some of these warehouses could be made available to the humanitarian community.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo & General Cargo

4

1200 m2

Refrigerated Cargo

n/a

n/a

Stevedoring

Stowage activities are managed by Moroni Terminal for containerized goods or big-bags and by COREMA for bulk goods or bagged goods. Both are private companies.


Hinterland Information

The goods leave the port on the trucks of commercial companies coming to pick up their cargo or with small trucks of 3 to 10 MT rented to private individuals. Any vehicle can access the port, there is no need for special authorization.


Port Security

The port is secured by a fenced perimeter. Security of access and warehouses is the responsibility of the PCA, which has its own security guards. Sécuricom was contracted by Moroni Terminal, which is responsible for the safety of solid land and container storage areas.

As of today, the port of Moroni does not comply with international safety rules, this has an impact on the price of the goods because the boats calling the port must take on more expensive insurance.

Security

ISPS Compliant

No

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

N/A

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

No