Where is Port-Louis located?

On the NW coast of Mauritius; position Lat. 200 09’ S Long. 0570 30’ S

Which BA charts are required on board of vessels?

BA charts No. 711, 712, 713

How to contact Port Louis Harbour Radio while approaching to Port-Louis?

VHF channel 16 and channel 14

What is the Harbour entrance depth?

Harbour entrance depth is 12.8 – 36.3 m; channel dredged to 12.2 m

Are Off Port Limits operations permitted at Port-Louis?

For safety reasons, all vessels should be within the limits of the Port.  

What are the limits of the port?

In this area (click here) commercial activities are restricted to bunkering, ship repair, under water work (Class inspection, hull cleaning, propeller polishing, blanking sea inlets and renewal of cathodic protection) the landing of passengers or personnel, supplies of provisions, stores, fresh water and ships spares.

Is the port ISPS compliance?

Port is ISPS compliant and operates at security level 1.

What are the maximum sizes of vessels which can be accommodated alongside?


  • Bulk /Containers/Break Bulk (At Multi-Purpose berths)
    LOA 198 m., draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m.
  • Containers @ Mauritius Container Terminal
    Draft 13.30 m., depth 14.0 m.
  • Passengers (At Multi-Purpose berths)
    LOA 345 m., draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m.
  • Passengers (At Cruise Jetty)
    LOA 300m, draft 10.m, depth 10.8m
  • Tankers (At Multi-Purpose berths)
    LOA 228m, Draft 11.0 m., depth 12.2 m.
  • Tankers (At New Oil Jetty)
    LOA 228m, draft 13.0m, Depth (14.5m)


Is there any berth restrictions at Port-Louis?

Vessels carrying highly inflammable products in bulk are only berthed during daylight hours at the Multi-Purpose Terminal. As regards to vessels berthing at the New Oil Jetty, there are no restrictions

What is the tidal range at Port-Louis?

The range of tide in Port Louis is not considerably high with an average of 60 cm above mean sea level. The flood stream runs NNE and the ebb stream runs SSW reaching 2 to 3 knots.

What is the depth at anchorage?

Open roadstead with anchorages for vessels of any draft with depth ranging from 14 m to 70m

Is pilotage compulsory for all vessels?

Compulsory for all vessels over 100 GT, pilotage service is available on a 24-hour basis, except for White oil and LPG tankers, which are berthed during daytime only. Inward bound vessels are met about 15 n.m; seaward of the entrance beacons, though they may, in some circumstances, have to be boarded at a greater distance offshore. Both anchors should be ready for use and ship’s lines prepared.

Which types of bulk facilities are available at Port-Louis?

Terminal I, Quay D


Les Moulins de La Concorde Ltd


Use as a multipurpose quay; together with Quay A giving total length of 380 m. Bulk wheat discharged by mobile pneumatic ship unloader and transferred by conveyors to the adjacent storage silos, capacity 40,000 tonnes.

Terminal II, Cement 


  1. La Farge (Mauritius) Cement Ltd   
  2. Holcim (Mauritius) Ltd


Situated between Quays No. 1 and 2, unloading of cement is carried by pneumatic un-loader at 450 tonnes/hr. There are two reception and processing plants which are located near the quays. The total silos storage is 95,500 tonnes.

Terminal II, Quay No. 1  - Import, processing and distribution of fertilizers

  • Storage facilities for 4,600 tonnes of tallow and 1,000 tonnes of caustic soda are also available at Terminal II.
  • General cargo vessels and passenger ships are occasionally berthed at the quay. Maximum water displacement limited to 50,000 tonnes.
  • Ships approaching the berth from seaward in daytime are swung to port with the aid of tugs and berth starboard side to the quay; moorings should be carefully tended as winds are often fresh and passing traffic can cause surging.

Container facilities

Terminal I and II Facilities

1×42 ton, 4×40 ton, 1×22 ton, 1×12 ton and 2×10 ton forklifts, 12 tractor units, 15 trailers and 12 spreaders for ship's cranes (20–40 ft.).
The terminal has a total area of 68,000sqm. Ships’ gears are used.
Terminal II, Quay No. 4: Adjacent park of 6.6 ha. is available for stacking of containers.

Terminal III, MCT 1 and 2 Facilities

The Terminal has two berths with a total length of quay 560 m. Vessels may overhang the northern end of the jetty by about 60 m., if two vessels of LOA 300 m. each are berthed simultaneously.
3×40 tonnes and 2×41 tonnes post-panamax ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, 288 reefer points, total area 130,000 sqm. and storage for 6,000 TEU. 24×25 ton tractors, 31×40 ton trailers, 1×40 ton forklift, 8×42 tonnes reach-stackers and 4×40 tonnes RTG cranes.

Container Freight Station (CFS)


Associated Container Services Ltd.

There are two CFSs located in close proximity to the port with a total area of 52,000 cu.m., covered areas and reefer points.

Passenger facilities


Port Authority


Dedicated jetty for cruise vessels at Les Salines area; Length 124 m, depth 12.2m for vessels LOA 300 m.
A new cruise terminal is also in operation at Terminal I, Quay E.

Other facilities


Trou Fanfaron, No. 1 and No. 2 quays (Old Fish Quay and New Fish Quay); Terminal I  Lataniers Basin, FDM (Froids de Mascareignes) quays 1–6; Terminal II, MFD (Mauritius Freeport Development) quay, located in Lataniers Basin.

Tankers facilities

Terminal III, Oil Jetty


Port Authority.


A dedicated oil jetty, in the English Channel, has been constructed to accommodate petroleum products and LPG tankers up to 55,000 DWT. The jetty comprises two berthing dolphins and four mooring dolphins; a 200 m long approach trestle connecting the service platform to shore with inter-connecting walkways and electrical fire fighting works. 

Commercial Operators

  • Engen
  • Cargoes Handled: Import of lube oil and petroleum products.
  • Vivo Energy
  • Cargoes Handled: Petroleum products, LPG.
  • The Mauritius Molasses Co Ltd.
  • Cargoes Handled: Export of molasses.
  • Stonewin
  • Cargoes Handled: Petroleum products.
  • Indian Oil (Mauritius) Ltd.
  • Cargoes Handled: Petroleum products.

Terminal I (Quay A and D)

  • 1×6 in. gas oil and 1×10 in. fuel oil pipeline runs under the quay and connected to the oil depot. These are used for bunkering and unloading of fuel oil from vessels. In total there are five outlets for bunkering/reception of fuel oil/gas oil.
  • 2×14 in. pipelines handling molasses with four loading points and 2×6 in. pipelines handling edible oil with four unloading points.

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; maximum handling rate for gas oil 700 t.p.h., mogas 600 t.p.h. , maximum rail pressure for both 100 p.s.i.

Terminal II MST

Fuel oil discharged via 1×8 in. ASA flange hose. Ships' derrick should be plumbed mid-manifold for lifting the hose; Weight approx. 2 tons.

Who manages port handling operations at Port-Louis?

Operator: Cargo Handling Corporation Ltd

Manages port handling operations at the multipurpose terminal (Terminal I and Terminal II) and Terminal III MCT.

Working Hours (SHIFT)

  • Monday to Friday: 0700hours–1500hours, 1500hours–2300hours and 2300hours–0700hours.
  • Saturday: 0700hours–1500hours, 1500hours-2300hours
  • Sundays and public holidays: 0700hours–1500hours , 1500hours–2300hours,2300hours–0700hours
  • Operates extended hours if and when required up to 2200

Freeport : BPML Freeport

Is there any garbage disposal facility at Port-Louis?

Garbage collection service is available. Collection time is normally from 0700–1100 hrs.

Is there any slops disposal?

Service available via agent.

How is fresh water delivery carried at Port-Louis?

Fresh water is supply by barge at any berth from 0700–1600 hrs. Arrangements can be made for supply before 0700 hours and after 1600 hours; on payment of overtime. The loading rate is about 25–30 t.p.h. Delivery is also carried at anchorage at one mile off the fairway buoy during daylight only.

Which types of fuels are available at Port-Louis?

  • Gas oil, marine diesel and furnace oil are obtainable (arrangements must be made in advance between owners and oil companies).
  • The pumping capacity of the installations at Port Louis for furnace oil is from 150–200 t.p.h., and for marine diesel oil and gas oil 50 t.p.h. Furnace oil is supplied at Terminal I, Quays A, D and E, gas oil at Terminal I, Quays A, B, D, E and Trou Fanfaron Fishing Port, marine diesel at Terminal I, Quays A, D and E.
  • Three bunkering barges of 1000-1500 tonnes are available to supply vessels in Harbour and outer anchorage with blended marine diesel and fuel oil.
  • Facilities for fuel and diesel oil by Indian Oil Co at Terminal III MCT.


What is the name of the airport and its distance from seaport?

There is only one airport in Mauritius, SSR International Airport; about 40 km from seaport. Regular international air services available from SSR International Airport (MRU); direct services available to Asia, Australasia and Europe.

What is the contact detail of the Seafarer’s Centre at Port-Louis?

Mer Rouge, Roche Bois, Port Louis. Tel: +230 2174330. Fax: 230 2174329.

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Terminal II, Cement   Operator      La Farge (Mauritius) Cement Ltd        Holcim (Mauritius) Ltd  Facilities  Situated between Quays No. 1 and 2, unloading of cement is carried by pneumatic un-loader at 450 tonnes/hr. There are two reception and processing plants which are located near the quays. The total silos storage is 95,500 tonnes.