Strategically located on maritime routes
connecting Africa, Asia and Europe

Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, is well protected and sheltered from the South East Trade Winds by the mountain ranges.

Mauritius (Port-Louis) is advantageously located at the cross roads of the shipping routes connecting Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. Government’s promotion of the creation of a Marine Services Platform will be focused on growing the bunkering facilities and allied economic activities that are related to that trade such as ship chandling, repairs and maintenance of vessels, crew change and ship leasing.

To support investment in terms of bunkering and oil storage, bunker trade has being liberalised, which will lower the price of bunker fuel at Port-Louis. The Mauritius Ports Authority to further support this endeavour is offering incentive schemes as far as port charges is concerned to vessels calling Port-Louis for crew change, bunkering, supplies and repairs.

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Mauritius is situated in the south-west of the Indian Ocean, 2 000 km from the east coast of Africa. The island lies just within the Tropic of Capricorn 20° south of the Equator and 57° east of Greenwich. It is of volcanic origin and forms part of the group of islands commonly known as the Mascarenes, which comprise also the Reunion Island and Rodrigues Island.
The island of Mauritius which has an area of 1 864 sq. km is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. Within those reefs are peaceful lagoons, ringed by smooth beaches of white coral sand. There is a break in the coral reef only in the south where part of the coast is steep and rocky. Mauritius has a maritime climate, tropical during summer and sub-tropical during winter. The summer months extend from October to March and winter from June to September.
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Date Event
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
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  • 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.


  • 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


Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
A 210 12.20 Fuel oil, Edible oil, General cargo, Maize, Molasses, Soya-bean meal, Wheat, Passengers and Inter-island trade
D 170 12.20  
E 135 9 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
Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
No. 1 123 13.50 Fuel oil, Coal, Fertilizers, White oil
No. 2 180 12.50  Cement, Coal, Containers, General cargo
No. 3 185 12.50 Cement, General cargo and containers
No. 4 185 12.20 General cargo, Containers, LPG, Bitumen
Bulk Sugar Terminal 210 12.50 Bulk sugar, Fuel oil
Mauritius Freeport Development 118 7.0 Fish
Quay Length (m) Dredged depth(m) Type of traffic handled
MCT 1 400 16.50 Containers
MCT 2 400 16.50 Containers


  • 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


  • Alongside depth: - 16.00 m


  • A dedicated cruise jetty located at Les Salines is operational since 2009.  Statistics show that Cruise liners are showing a keen interest for the Indian Ocean destination.
Port Louis Shipping Agency Ltd
KL Centre 101
Abattoir Road
Tel: (+230) 217 66 00
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