Mauritius Ports Authority
African Port Evolution
Development at Port Louis Harbour
Location 2,400 km off east-coast of Africa
Exclusive Economic Zone 2.3 (1.9 + 0.4) Million km2
Land Area 1,865 km2
Population 1,3 Million
Life Expectancy 72.5 yrs
Literacy rate 85%
Languages English & French
Currency Mauritian Rupee (Rs.)
The Republic of Mauritius
The objectives under the Ocean Economy is to
transform Port Louis Harbour into a Regional Hub
for Container Transhipment, Bunkering and
petroleum products, cruise activities and Port
Ocean Economy Objectives
Ocean Economy- the Next Wave of Prosperity
• Port Louis Harbour
• Container transshipment
• Bunkering and Petroleum
• Cruise Activities
• Ship repairs and ship building
Port Trade 2011-2014
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Traffic 6.477 MT 7.075 MT 6.761 MT 6.896 MT( 2%)
462,747 TEUs 576,383 TEUs 517,768 TEUs 556,355 TEUS (7.5%)
Captive Container Traffic 235,040 TEUs 259,163 TEUs 248,948 TEUs 251,798 TEUs (1.1 %)
227,707 TEUs 317,220 TEUs 268,820 TEUs 304,557 TEUs(13 %)
Total Fish Traffic 140,928 T 134,763 T 148,297 T 143,410 T
Total Bunker 268,212 T 283,644 T 269,324 T 287,546 T
• The present Container Terminal has a capacity of 550,000 TEUs
• The objective is to position Port Louis a Hub for transhipment .
• The Target is to attain a Container Transshipment throughput
of 500,000 TEUs by 2020 and 800,000 TEUs by 2025.
• Growth in Captive Container Traffic will follow the trend of the
• Total Container Throughput will reach about 800,000 TEUs by
2020 and over 1 million by 2025.
Throughput v/s Infrastructure Requirement
Extension of the Container Terminal-Phase I
• Extension of the existing 560 m long berth by 240m and designed for a dredged depth of 18m.
• The existing rails will be replaced by one capable to accommodate larger cranes having reach of 22
• Container yard will be extended by 7.5 ha increasing stacking capacity to 750,000 TEUs.
• Existing Quay will be strengthened to enable deepening alongside berth to 18m.
• Contract for the Works have been awarded in August 2014.
• Completion of the 240m length berth extension and the
expansion of the container stacking area is expected to be
completed by March 2016.
• The strengthening of the existing quay is expected to be
completed by May 2017.
• Upon Completion, the 800m long quay will be capable to
accommodate two large vessels of 9,000 TEUs at any one time.
• The capacity of the terminal will increase to 750,000 TEUs.
EXTENSION OF CONTAINER TERMINAL
Dredging to -16.5m
November 6, 2015
•The area shaded in blue will be dredged to -16.5m ACD and
will generate some 1.5 million M3 of Dredged material.
•Bids from three prequalified contractors namely Jan de Nul, Van Oord
and Dredging International were received on 10 March 2015.
•The prices received exceeded the cost estimate of Rs 1.2 billion
by about 80 %.
• The Bidding exercise has been cancelled and new bidding exercise
is being launched with a view to completing the dredging works by
End 2016 .
• The dredging of the navigation channels will generate some 1.5
million tonnes of material which will be used for land reclamation at
Fort William and Fort George.
• In order to minimise Environmental Impact in the lagoon, the
consultants recommended the construction of Bund Walls to
contain the dredged materials and to subsequently protect the
• The Contract for Bund Construction to enable the land reclamation
was awarded in July 2013 and have been completed in November
• After the dredging works, some 35 ha (50 ha including existing
land) will be reclaimed at Fort William and 4 ha at Fort George.
Extension of the Container Terminal- Phase II
• Phase II-
• Extension of the 800m long berth by a further 160 m to
obtain a quay length of 960m as recommended in the Port
• The Berth Capacity will be increased from 750,000 to almost
1 million Teus.
• Subject to the actual growth in transhipment traffic, it is
planned to start the phase II extension as from 2017/18.
• The project is expected to be completed by 2020.
• The facility will be capable to accommodate a mix of 3
vessels at any one time.
Breakwater and Container Terminal – Long Term
• Construction of 2 km breakwater
• Re aligned the Navigation Channel
• Dredging of the navigation Channel to 18 m
• Reclaimed land: 60 Ha
• Container Terminal
• Quay length: 1 km
• Container yard: 40 Ha
• Throughput capacity: >1 M TEUs
• EOI proposals to shortlist consultants to undertake a Techno-
Economic study has been received and are being evaluated.
• Funding of the study is by the African Development Bank.
MPA intends to invite proposals to implement the project on a PPP
or EPC-OM scheme.
• Bunker in the region is in the order of 1 million Tonnes and
may increase up to 8 million tonnes in the short term.
• Port Louis Harbour is capturing only some 280,000 MT.
• Out of 3,329 vessels calls in 2014, 1973 vessels took bunker
at Port Louis.
• Strategically located, Port Louis has the potential to
increase its share of this business activity
• The importation of petroleum products for bunker has
already been liberalised.
PORT LOUIS AS A BUNKER PORT
• Main constraint: lack of storage capacity.
– Mauritius Molasses Co. Ltd has converted one of its tanks (of
9,000 MT capacity) at Quay D for storage of Class B petroleum
products. The company will now upgrade two remaining
molasses tanks of 5,000 Mt each for storage of petroleum
– The Oil Industry is proceeding with the construction of storage
tanks of 25,000 MT capacity for Mogas and other products at
Mer Rouge. Releasing space within their existing storage area
for bunkering activity. MPA has already issued its in principle
approval and a letter of reservation for land allocation.
– Interest from 3 promoters to position floating storage at Port
• Two promoters namely Group 5 and Mac Quarie based in UAE and
Australia respectively have submitted proposals to operate floating tanks
for bunkering activities. Government has issued letter of Intent to both
promoters in March 2015.
• Group 5 and Mac Quarie intend to supply some 250,000MT and 800,000
MT of product in year 1 respectively.
• Some promoters namely Indian Oil, Mac Quarie and
Horizon Terminal have shown interest to develop
onshore tankage facilities of over 100,000 MT for re-
• It is planned to accommodate the three promoters on
the land to be reclaimed at Fort William. In the short
term, tankers will be accommodated at the Bulk Sugar
• The MPA commissioned the cruise Jetty in 2010.
• The cruise activity reached its peak in 2010/11 with 26,751 pax.
• 9 Costa cruise vessels homeported from Port Louis and 18 other
cruise vessels called to the port during that season.
• Unfortunately, Costa lost the Concordia and one of its cruise ships
(Alegra) caught fire near Seychelles. The company stopped its
homeporting activity at Port Louis since 2012/2013 has resumed its
activity as from January 2015.
• The itinerary is Port Louis – Mahé (Seychelles) - Nosy Be
(Madagascar) – Diego Suarez (Madagascar) - Tamatave
(Madagascar) – Pointe de Galets (Réunion Island) – Port Louis
Evolution of Total Cruise Vessels Calls
The Cruise Terminal Building
• MPA is proceeding with the construction of the Cruise Terminal
Building to accommodate both cruise and inter-island
• The facility will comprise the passenger terminal , commercial
areas, office space including parking facilities.
• Four shortlisted firms have submitted their consultancy
proposals which are being assessed.
• The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
PORT MASTER PLAN STUDY
• Port Louis Harbour requires Modern Infrastructure,
Efficient service, Security of cargo and Competitive port
• MPA has retained the services of Royal Haskoning for the
preparation of a Port Master Plan which will make
recommendation on port infrastructure to meet the
requirements of up to 2040, review the mode of
operation to make it more efficient, compare port tariff
with other ports and also the safety and security in the
• The study will be completed by mid of 2016.
Ship Building and Ship Repairs
• There is already two dry dock facilities for ship building
and maintenance at Port Louis.
• MPA has received proposals for the construction of a
third dry dock and ship building facility which could not
be considered due to lack of space.
• Within the land to be reclaimed at Fort William, an area
will be earmarked for a third dry dock.