Mahajunga, formerly known as marjanga, is the capital of mahazanga province of Madagascar. It is located in the northwest of Madagascar with a population of 135660 (2001). It is the largest port in Madagascar next to tuamasina.
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Mahajanga Port (Port Code: MGMAH) is a port located at East Africa, in Madagascar at coordinates South 15° 43' 19.04" - East 046° 18' 52.49". The port is mainly used for local traffic on Madagascar's West coast and neighboring islands, as well as by local operators. Big prawn farms are located South and North of Mahajanga and use the port to export their products.
Long haul vessels cannot berth at Mahajanga port and a transhipment to barges has to take place for any big or medium sized vessel. The barges are towed to the berth by the tugs of two stevedore companies, where the cargoes are handled and stored in warehouses or respectively stacked in the relevant container yards. Only cargo for Comoros, fishing vessels and small crafts for national trades are operated directly at the berth. Long haul vessels or container ships may anchor in deeper waters at best position of the port. Draught at quay is 4.50 meters only and is calculated on high tide.
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