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:

Additional Information


Port of Lea

Key port information can also be found at: <INSERT LINK TO RELAVENT COUNTRY SECTION OF WEBSITE>

Port Overview:
REPLACE THIS TEXT with a one or two paragraphs narrative describing the port and current situation. Please be concise.


Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


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



Port's Complete Name






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


Management Contact Person


Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: AIRPORT NAME


Port Picture

INSERT PORT PICTURE FILE of the picture of the port. Key areas should be clearly marked on the picture. Remember to label the file using the correct format "GLCSC_LCA_COUNTRY NAME_Port Picture _YYMMDD.xls. At a minimum, ensure you capture and identify the berths. Remember to insert the country name, port name and use the correct date format (e.g. 25 May 2013 is 130525)

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a list of the identified areas on the Port Picture.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a short narrative identifying key companies and their duties within the port.

INSERT PORT COMPANY CONTACT LIST. Create the contact list by completing the 'Annex 2.4: Port Company Contact List' template. Once saved in the appropriate annex section, copy and paste the link here.

Port Performance

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a short narrative describing the port performance. Key questions to guide your narrative: Be clear whether the Cargo Handling MTs includes or excludes container volume, What is the channel draft and are there other limitations relating to vessel size, Is the port currently congested, Is there an established priority for humanitarian cargo? What are the port bottlenecks, What is the average waiting time (this is the time between arrival and berthing).

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season



Major Import Campaigns






Handling Figures


Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk


Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

INSERT LINK to webpage which has relevant tariffs / rates.

REPLACE THIS TEXT, if no link available, with a description to any issues regarding discharge rates, or identify information sources which will have the most up-to-date information. Give indicators on expected cost for break bulk and bulk as well as terminal handling charges.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth




Container Berth




Silo Berth




Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


REPLACE THIS TEXT with any further narrative about berths available or with relevant links to supporting websites.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? INSERT ANSWER HERE

REPLACE THIS TEXT with 2 - 3 sentences describing the management of the port handling equipment.



(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries




Mobile Cranes








RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)




Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines












Container Facilities

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20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)


Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)


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



Customs Guidance

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a paragraph discussing customs clearance at the port. Give guidance on how long it normally takes, recommendations on working with custom officials at the port, and any other relevant issues. Ensure custom contact details are given and any relevant websites. Link to the CIG section of the LCA for more details.

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

REPLACE THIS TEXT with 1 - 2 sentences describing any multipurpose terminal fascilities if such facilities are available. Identify if RoRo facilities are availalbe, berths, square meters.

Grain and Bulk Handling

REPLACE THIS TEXT with 3 - 5 sentences describing grain and bulk handling facilities. Identify by name any companies responsible for bagging and ensure they are in contact list file. Identify if direct bagging from ship discharge is possible.Provide any further details on equipment and capacity not already covered.

Main Storage Terminal

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a 3 - 4 sentences describing the main storage facilities. Identify the number of warehouses available, square meters available, square meters available for storage of food supplies.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo



Refrigerated Cargo



General Cargo




REPLACE THIS TEXT with 2 - 4 paragraphs describing what comprises stevedoring activities, if they are provided by private or government entities, ensure contacts are on the contact list, amount of labor available, and if additional incentives are possible.

Hiterland Information

REPLACE THIS TEXT with a paragraph, no more than 6 sentences, which describes how items are moved out of the port. Identify the common modes of transport, capacity, and companies available. Ensure any identified companies have their contact details in the contact list.

Port Security

REPLACE THIS TEXT with one to two paragraphs narrating the current security and safety arrangements in place. Identify any gaps or areas of concern. Keep in mind considerations for stock security, personnel safety, insurance risk, etc... Identify any planned improvements to security infrastructure or processes and projected impact on the port. 


ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


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

Police Boats


Fire Engines