PLSA

Port-Louis Harbour

Mauritius

Location: Southern Africa, Island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Geographic co-ordinates: 20 17 S, 57 33 E
Area: 2040 sq km; land 2030 sq km; water 10 sq km; includes Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals (St Brandon) and Rodrigues
Maritime claims:
  • Territorial sea
  • EEZ
  • Continental shelf
Measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
12 nm
200 nm
200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

Mauritian Flag: flag

Economy Overview

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. For most of this period, annual growth has been on the order of 5% to 6%. This achievement has been reflected in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much-improved infrastructure. The economy rests on sugar, tourism, textiles and apparel, and financial services, and is expanding into fish processing, information and communications technology, and hospitality and property development. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 15% of export earnings. The government's development strategy centres on creating vertical and horizontal clusters of development in these sectors. Mauritius has attracted more than 32,000 offshore entities, many aimed at commerce in India, South Africa, and China. Investment in the banking sector alone has reached over $1 billion. Mauritius, with its strong textile sector, has been well poised to take advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Mauritius' sound economic policies and prudent banking practices helped to mitigate negative effects of the global financial crisis in 2008-09. GDP grew in the 3-4% per year range in 2010-12, and the country continues to expand its trade and investment outreach around the globe.

Mauritius Ports Authority

Time line

1980-1990 Transformation of Port-Louis from a lighterage port to new one with deep water alongside facilities
1990-2000 Major historical phase of port development; erecting of the Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT)
2000-2001 Port-Louis Harbour recorded growth in transhipment traffic
2010 The Mauritius Ports Authority was handed the coveted for ‘Most Improved Cruise Terminal Facility’ at the 26th Annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference and Exhibition
2011 The Mauritius Ports Authority was awarded ‘The Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port 2011

Port Services

Pilotage

  • 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

Port Facilities

TERMINAL I

Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
A 210 12.20 Black oil, Fuel oil, Edible oil, General cargo, Maize, Molasses, Soya-bean meal, Wheat, Passengers and Inter-island trade
D 170 12.20
E 135 9 Black oil, General cargo, Passengers and inter-island trade
Trou Fanfaron I 160 5.5 Fish
Trou Fanfaron II 185 6 Fish
Froid des Mascareignes 310 4.6-8.0 Fish

TERMINAL II

Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
No. 1 123 12.20 Black oil, Coal, Fertilizers, White oil
No. 2 180 12.20 Cement, Coal, Containers, General cargo
No. 3 185 12.20 General cargo and containers
No. 4 185 12.20 General cargo, Containers, LPG, Bitumen
Bulk Sugar Terminal 210 12.20 Bulk sugar, Black oil
Mauritius Freeport Development 118 7.0 Fish

TERMINAL III

Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
No. 1 123 12.20 Black oil, Coal, Fertilizers, White oil
No. 2 180 12.20 Cement, Coal, Containers, General cargo
No. 3 185 12.20 General cargo and containers
No. 4 185 12.20 General cargo, Containers, LPG, Bitumen
Bulk Sugar Terminal 210 12.20 Bulk sugar, Black oil
Mauritius Freeport Development 118 7.0 Fish

Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
MCT 1 280 14.00 Containers
MCT 2 280 14.00 Containers

Other specifications:

  • 5 Post-Panamax Gantry cranes
  • 8 Rubber Tyred Gantries
  • Turning circle of 450m diameter
  • Storage area of 15 hectares
  • 288 reefer points
  • Annual throughput capacity: 550,000 TEUs.
  • Container Scanner

OIL JETTY

  • Alongside depth: -14.50 m
  • 8 pipelines

CRUISE JETTY

  • In 2009, Port-Louis Harbour welcomed 25 cruise ships; 21500 passengers