MPA & Port Facilities

port-services-smallThe Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) as the landlord port authority owns most of the port facilities including the superstructure, the terminals, transit sheds, container parks and the cargo handling equipment. The MPA's primary objective as a corporate body is to be the sole national port authority to regulate and control the port sector and provide marine services.

Vessel and Cargo Fees: Information on Vessel and Cargo fees can be obtained on the web site of MPA (

The port’s various facilities comprise about twelve quays with the main ones having dredged depths varying from 9 metres to 13.1 metres below chart datum. For operational purposes, the port has been divided into three distinct zones, namely

  • Terminal I (comprises of Quays A/ D/ E and the Trou Fanfaron Fishing port)
  • Terminal II (comprises of Quays 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • Terminal III (is commonly known as the Mauritius Container Terminal, MCT)
Port Services
Service Description
  • Compulsory for all vessels over 100 GRT
  • Round the clock service on request, with exception to white oil and LPG tankers which are berthed between sunrise and sunset
Navigational Aids Automated lighthouses and navigational lights are situated at various locations in Mauritius, Rodrigues and on Flat Island to facilitate navigation
Port Louis Harbour Radio Port Louis Harbour Radio (call sign 3BB) is the official coast radio for radio communications, manned round the clock throughout the year.
Port Emergency and Environment Unit
  • Fire-watch during unloading of white oil products and other dangerous goods
  • Trained personnel operating on a 24-hour basis
  • Also equipped with anti-pollution equipment
Outer Anchorage Safe anchorage is available outside the harbour limits in depths varying from 14 metres to 70 metres.
Surveyors Lloyd's Registered Surveyors are available for marine and cargo surveys.
Cargo Handling Cargo handling services are provided by the Cargo Handling Corporation Ltd (CHCL)
Port Security
  • Port Louis Harbour is ISPS compliant since 1 July 2004
  • The port area is secured by a perimeter fencing system
  • Access control at various gate posts
  • CCTV control system (103 cameras), covering the perimeter, the harbour and other sensitive areas around the clock
  • Security officers work round the clock at the various facilities
  • Access passes are issued at the Central Pass Office
Other  services Other support services provided by the port and other operators include:
  • workshop facilities,
  • garbage removal,
  • provision of fresh water supply,
  • bunkering,
  • ship repairs,
  • ship chandlers,
  • transport and logistics,
  • bulk services, cold storage,
  • warehousing,
  • Freeport facilities.
  • Underwater cleaning