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GENERAL (See Plan) VHF: Port Control listens on Channel 16 and works on Channels 12 and 14.
Port Control. Tel: +230 212 3041.
GEO-POLITICAL: i. 2,670 h.p. for deep-sea towage, firefighting
Capital City: Port Louis. ii. 2,620 h.p. for deep-sea towage, firefighting
Nationality: (noun) Mauritian, (adjective) Mauritian. iii. 3,600 h.p. for deep-sea towage, firefighting
Population: 1,274,189. iv. 3750 kW available for harbour work.
International Direct Dial Code: 230. Dredged
Number of Internal Airports: 2. Quay Length Depth Remarks
Major Languages Spoken: Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, (m.) (m.)
English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the population), other 3.7%, Terminal I:
unspecified 0.3% (2000 census). A 210 12.2 Passenger, general cargo
ECONOMY: D 170 12.2 Black oil, molasses, edible oil,
Currency: 1 Mauritius Rupee (MUR) of 100 Cents. general cargo, grain, cruise ships
Exchange: (as of May 2008) E 135 9.0 General cargo, passenger,
US$ 1.00 MUR 27.70 inter-island vessels
MUR 1.00 US$ 0.04 Trou Fanfaron
Exchange rates under licence from No. 1 150 5.5 Fishing vessels
Main Industries: Food processing (largely sugar milling), textiles, clothing, No. 2 165 7.0 Fishing vessels
mining, chemicals, metal products, transport equipment, nonelectrical Terminal II:
machinery and tourism. No. 1 123 12.2Bulk fertiliser, coal, white oils,
ENVIRONMENT: liquid ammonia, tallow
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m. No. 2 180 12.2General cargo containers, bulk
Other Maritime Claims: Continental Shelf: 200 n.m. or to the edge of the cement, coal
continental margin. Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m. No. 3 185 12.2 General cargo, containers
Coastline Extent: 177 km. No. 4 185 12.2 Containers, LPG, bitumen, coal
Climate: Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter Terminal III: (Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT))
(May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May). MCT 1 280 13.1 Containers
Natural Resources: Arable land and fish. MCT 2 280 13.1 Containers
Natural Hazards: Cyclones (November to April); almost completely
surrounded by reefs that may pose maritime hazards. Terminal I: Quay A and D: Quays A and D are realigned as a multi-purpose
Terrain: Small coastal plain rising to discontinuous mountains encircling quay, giving a total length of 380 m., max. draft 11.0 m. This is a multi-purpose
central plateau. berth for handling of edible oil, wheat, rice, molasses and fuel oil. The berth
Average Temperatures: can also be used for containers, general cargo and passenger vessels.
Month High Low Quay E: Length 135 m., max. draft 8.0 m. Vessels LOA 110 m. can be
January 30 C 23 C accommodated. This berth is used mainly for inter-island trade, passenger
June 25 C 18 C vessels, discharge of cattle, and also by fishing vessels.
September 26 C 18 C Moorings: Wire moorings will be accepted, but for the ease of handling,
fibre/synthetic tails are preferred.
Cautionary Advice:
PORT LOUIS: 20 09' S 057 30' E (See Plan) 1. The quay is of concrete construction protected with modern rubber
fendering. The fendering is not resilient and heavy landings must be
LOCATION: On the NW coast of Mauritius, the capital and only port on avoided.
the island. 2. The berth is little affected by passing traffic but fresh offshore winds
CHARTS: BA Chart No. 713. may be experienced, especially during the afternoon.
Quay C: Decommissioned.
PORT LIMITS: The commercial area of the port is the area inside the Buoy Berths: 1 berth LOA 195 m., draft 11.0 m.
port bounded by the entrance buoys and the shore line of the Inner Harbour.
Vessels at the outside anchorage lie within the limits of the port defined by 1 berth LOA 150 m., draft 11.0 m.
an imaginary line joining Pointe Aux Sables and Pointe Aux Piments. In this Vessels are berthed/unberthed at any state of tide. Tidal range is about
area commercial activities are restricted to bunkering, ship repair and the 0.8 m. maximum.
landing of passengers or personnel. Fishing Quay: Length 162 m., max. draft 5.0 m. Berth can take vessels of
up to LOA 70 m.
ISPS COMPLIANCE: Port is compliant. New Fish Quay Length 165 m., draft 5.5 m. Vessels of up to LOA 90 m. can
MAX. SIZE: Bulk: LOA 198 m., draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m. be accommodated.
Containers: Depth 13.1 m.
Passengers: Draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m. Terminal II: Quay No. 1: Length 123 m., draft 11.0 m. at any state of tide,
Tankers: Draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m. vessels up to LOA 183 m. accommodated. Berth is designed mainly for
discharging petroleum products, ammonia, bulk fertiliser and coal. General
RESTRICTIONS: Vessels carrying highly inflammable products are only cargo vessels and passenger ships are occasionally berthed at the Quay.
berthed during daylight hours.
Maximum water displacement limited to 33,000 tons.
APPROACHES: The conventional port is approached from NW and Ships approaching the berth from seaward in daytime are swung to port
entered between Fort Williams and Fort George, about 5 cables NNE on the with the aid of tugs and berth starboard side to the quay. At night the berthing
alignment at 127(T) . Leading marks consist of two transit lights. The inner is always port side-to. The ship will be turned in daytime when leaving the
one is a PEL sector light. The lower is a red flashing light on Quay A. The port.
light on Monneron Hill has been discontinued. The light on the lower range
As winds are often fresh, and passing traffic can cause surging. Moorings
at Quay A has been raised to 39.0 m. Harbour entrance depth 12.8 36.3 m.,
should be carefully tended.
channel dredged to 12.2 m.
Also see Berths. Square synthetic rubber fenders on quay face.
Quays No. 2 3: Aligned quays having a total length of 365 m., max. draft
PILOTAGE: Compulsory for vessels over 100 n.r.t., available throughout 11.0 m., vessels up to LOA 195 m. accommodated. Berth No. 2 is used for
24 hours. Inward-bound vessels are met about 1 mile (1.6 km.) seaward of general cargo operations whereas Berth No. 3 will be restricted as far as
the entrance buoys though they may, in some circumstances have to be
possible to container operations.
boarded at a greater distance offshore.
Quay No. 4: Length 185 m., handles vessels up to LOA 220 m., draft 11.0 m.
Both anchors should be ready for use and ships lines prepared.
Anchors are often used to assist in turning vessels. Berth handles containers, LPG, bulk bitumen and coal. Park of 6.6 ha. is
available for stacking of containers.
ANCHORAGES: Open roadstead with anchorages for vessels of any
draft with depths ranging from 14.0 37.0 m. BULK FACILITIES:
PRATIQUE: Free pratique by radio. Applications should be submitted to Cement Terminal:
Port Health Inspector 48 hours prior to arrival of vessel by Agent. Operators: Lafarge (Mauritius) Cement Ltd. Tel: +230 216 9430.
Following information required: Fax: +230 240 3554. Email:
i. Ships name Holcim (Mauritius) Ltd. Tel: +230 217 8000. Fax: +230 216 5035.
ii. ETA Email: Web:
iii. First port of loading, i.e. port of departure Facilities: The unloading of cement is done by a pneumatic unloader, situated
iv. Last port of call between Quays No. 1 and 2, at 450 tonnes/hr., total silo storage
v. Has any case of contagious disease, or of sickness suspected to be 95,500 tonnes. There are two reception and processing plants, located near
of a contagious nature, occurred on board during the last 15 days? the quays. Vessels up to LOA 135 m. handled.
Indicate the number of cases of contagious disease(s) occurring
vi. Has any case of death from sickness due to contagious disease(s) Grain Terminal:
or otherwise occurred on board during the voyage? Operator: Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltd. Tel: +230 240 8180.
Indicate the number of deaths from sickness due to contagious Fax: +230 240 8171. Email:
disease(s) or otherwise occurring on board during the voyage Facilities: Bulk wheat discharged at Quay D by a mobile pneumatic ship
vii. Does the ship have a ships surgeon on board?
unloader and transferred by conveyors to the adjacent storage silos capacity
viii. Number of crew (including Master) and number of passengers
40,000 tonnes.
ix. Indicate the number of crew members or passengers disembarking
x. Does the ship have in its possession a Derat (Exemption) Certificate,
also mention the date of expiry. Fertiliser Terminal:
Operator: Mauritius Chemical & Fertiliser Industry Ltd. Tel: +230 216 3965.
PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION: The Port Master requires to be Fax: +230 240 9969. Email:
notified of the date of the vessels arrival, the length and draft and purpose Web:
of call, by radio as soon as it is possible for Master to communicate with Facilities: Import, processing and distribution of fertilisers. Storage facilities
Harbour either: for 4,600 tonnes of tallow and 1,000 tonnes of caustic soda are also available
By R/T transmission through Port Louis Harbour Radio Station (3 BB) on at Terminal II.
2182 kHz.

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Sugar Terminal: MEDICAL: Arrangements for medical attendance should be made through
Operator: Mauritius Sugar Corporation. ships Agent. Private clinics available.
Facilities: Vessels up to LOA 198 m. accommodated. Max. draft for vessels FRESH WATER: Supplied by barge at any berth from 0700 1600 hrs.
loading sugar is 11.0 m. Two sheds each handling 175,000 tons. Max. loading Arrangements can be made for supply before 0700 hrs. and after 1600 hrs.
rate 1,450 t.p.h. on payment of overtime. The loading rate is about 25 30 t.p.h. One barge
Facilities are also available on this quay for fuel oil discharge, which is of 260 tons capacity available.
connected by pipeline to storage tanks for the power station.
Ships approaching the berth from seaward are swung to starboard with
FUEL: Gas oil, marine diesel and furnace oil obtainable (arrangements must
be made in advance between owners and oil companies). The pumping
the aid of tugs and berth head out.
capacity of the installations at Port Louis for furnace oil is from 150 200 t.p.h.,
Winds are often fresh and passing traffic can cause surging so moorings
and for marine diesel oil and gas oil 50 t.p.h. Furnace oil is supplied at Quays
and anchors, if used, should be carefully tended.
A, D and E, gas oil at Quays A, B, D, E and Trou Fanfaron Fishing Port,
marine diesel at Quays A, D and E.
CONTAINER FACILITIES: Terminal I and II: Terminal I has one A 400 ton bunkering barge is available to supply vessels in harbour and
berth handling containers. outside anchorage with blended marine diesel.
Facilities: 112 tonne multi-purpose crane, 47 tonne mobile cranes,
133 tonne RTG, 842 tonne reachstackers, 18 front-end handlers, CHANDLERY: Provisions readily available.
16 forklifts, 19 tractor units and 23 trailers. DRY DOCK: There is a new dry dock (CNO1) near to Terminal No. I.
The terminal has a total area of 68,000 sq.m. Largest vessel that can be docked 100 m. 15 m., with a max. draft of
There are also two CFSs located in close proximity to the port with a total 5.0 m.; vessels of LOA 109 m. 15.3 m. can also be docked, but at least
area of 52,000 cu.m., covered areas and reefer points. 15 days notice should be given.
Ships gear used. REPAIRS: Almost any type of repair can be undertaken in Port Louis.
Mauritius Container Terminal (Terminal III): POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Police Tel: 999. Fire
Operator: MCT. Tel: +230 241 1943, 241 1965. Fax: +230 241 2087, Tel: +230 240 3741.
240 0223. Email: TIME: Local time GMT plus 4 hours.
Location: Lat. 20 08.27' S, Long. 57 28.51' E.
Facilities: Terminal has two berths for geared vessels, total length of quay
LOCAL HOLIDAYS: 1 January (New Year); 2 January (New Year);
12 March (National Day); 1 May (Labour Day); 1 November (All Saints Day);
560 m.
25 December (Christmas Day).
340 tonne (post-Panamax) container gantry cranes, 144 reefer points,
List of other public holidays is official only around the month of October
total area of 130,000 sq.m. and storage for 6,000 TEU.
every year.
Container Freight Station (CFS): Operator: Associated Container
Services Ltd. Tel: +230 206 1060, 206 1063. Fax: +230 206 1069. WEATHER/TIDES: Tidal Range: 0.8 m.
Email: CONSULS: Consulates: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,
Activity: Located in the port with a total area of 18,000 sq.m. handling Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
1,200 TEU. Embassies: Egypt, France, Malagasy, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of
Container freight station, container transport, repairs and refurbishing. China, Russia and USA.
Also see Berths. High Commissions: India and Great Britain.
PASSENGER FACILITIES: A new cruise terminal is in operation at SEAMANS CLUBS: New Seamans Mission in Roche le Bois port area
Quay E. Contact Port Authority. under construction 2005.
Also see Berths. GENERAL: Useful Contacts: Mauritius Freeport Authority, Deramann
OTHER FACILITIES: The following types of bulk cargo are provided Tower, Sir William Newton Street, Port Louis, Mauritius. Tel: +230 212 9627.
with specialised handling facilities: Petroleum products, fertiliser, sugar, Fax: +230 212 9626. Email:
bitumen, tallow/caustic soda, maize, cement, LPG, liquid SHIPMASTERS REPORT: October 1983 (Updated 1990).
ammonia/tallow/caustic soda, soya bean, coal and molasses. Documents: Documents required may be:
TANKER FACILITIES: There are no deballasting or slop facilities. 3 Crew Lists on arrival
Terminal Operators: 2 Crew Lists on departure (to show newly joined personnel)
Mauritius Oil Refineries Ltd. Tel: +230 240 2147, 240 3748. 1 Customs F16 (Crew Declaration although they may accept ships own
Fax: +230 240 8320. Email: form)
Cargoes handled: Importing, refining, marketing and sales of edible 1 Parcels List Customs F17
oils. 1 PF 102 (Certificate Finder Act No. 20 of 1973 for Immigration)
Caltex Oil Mauritius Limited. Tel: +230 206 6000. 2 Masters Report for Mercantile Marine Office, also an addendum in
Fax: +230 241 7140. Email: duplicate, and these forms are taken ashore by the Agent
Web: 1 Shipmasters Report Inwards for Customs.
Cargoes Handled: Import of lube oil. Immigration require international embarkation and disembarkation cards
Shell Mauritius Ltd. Tel: +230 212 2222. Fax: +230 208 8347. for all joining and departing personnel.
Email: Port Health require Marine Declaration of Health.
Web: All these papers are required, even though the vessel is only there from
Cargoes Handled: Petroleum products, LPG. 1 2 hours.
The Mauritius Molasses Co Ltd. Tel: +230 242 7318. Ships Spares: Any package for the vessel arriving from abroad should
Fax: +230 242 0286. Email: preferably be at the airport at least 2 days prior to the vessels arrival as it
Cargoes Handled: Export of molasses. takes time to clear such packages through Customs.
Total (Mauritius) Ltd. Tel: +230 210 6301. Fax: +230 212 2778.
Email: Web:
General: The Mauritius Sailors Home Society will exchange paperbacks,
Cargoes Handled: Petroleum products. arranged through Agents.
Bulk Sugar Terminal: Fuel oil discharged via 18 in. ASA flange hose. AUTHORITY: Mauritius Ports Authority, PO Box 379, Port
Ships derrick should be plumbed mid-manifold for lifting the hose. Weight Administration Building, Mer Rouge, Port Louis, Mauritius.
approximately 2 tons. Tel: +230 206 5400, 242 0458, 212 3041 (Port Control).
Quay A and D: 1150 mm. gas oil and 1250 mm. fuel oil pipeline runs FAX: +230 216 3253. Telex: 4238 MAUPORT IW.
under the quay and are connected to the oil depot. These are used for Email: Web: Contact: Captain
bunkering and unloading of fuel oil from vessels. In total there are 5 outlets Wong Chung Toi, Deputy Director General (Tel: +230 206 5412.
for bunkering/reception of fuel oil/gas oil. Email: Captain P Ponambalum, Port Master
There are 2350 mm. pipelines handling molasses with 4 loading points. (Tel: +230 216 3504. Fax: +230 242 8314. Email:
There are also 2150 mm. pipelines handling edible oil with 4 unloading H Kallee, Operations and Commercial Manager (Tel: +230 206 5468.
points. Fax: +230 240 1915. Email:
There is also an LPG line to Quay No. 4, the Shell Depot, Elf Antagaz and
Esso from near the end of the quay, but this is only used for very small ships.
Also see Bulk Facilities.
Terminal II: Quay No. 1: 8 in. hoses are carried to the quay when required
and connected to the 12 in. white oil pipeline which runs along the quay. No
water flush of the line is required between the products. Max. handling rate
for gas oil 700 t.p.h., mogas 600 t.p.h. Max. rail pressure for both 100 p.s.i.
Also see Berths and Bulk Facilities.
CRANES: 13 tonne mobile crane available.
See Container Facilities.
Operator: Cargo Handling Corporation: MCT. Tel: +230 241 1943,
241 1965. Fax: +230 241 2087, 240 0223. Email:
Multipurpose/Shed No. 3/Mer Rouge/SSR Terminal.
Tel: +230 240 7369 (Shed No. 3), 216 0218 (Container Park).
Fax: +230 240 4545 (Shed No. 3), 240 0678 (Container Park).
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 0700 1500, 1500 2300 and
2300 0700.
Saturday: 0700 1500, 1500 2300.
Sundays and public holidays 0700 1500, 1500 2300, 2300 0700.
Operates extended hours if and when required up to 2200.
WASTE DISPOSAL: Collection service is available. Drums or skips are
not provided on board or alongside. Port Louis Harbour Sanitary Services
Tel: +230 212 6710.
Charges are up to 6 cu.m. on normal days Rs2,000, on Sundays Rs4,000.
Collection time: Normally from 0700 1100 hrs.
SLOPS DISPOSAL: Not available.
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