A port on the northwest coast of the Republic of Madagascar, near the channel of Mozambique. The maximum draught is 10.05m and the loading density of water is 1025. The average spring tide high tide range is 4.88 m, the average neap tide range is 3.66 m, and the average neap tide low tide range is 2.43 M. Prevailing east wind, no compulsory pilotage, the pilot boarded at Narcissus buoy. The communication is via Magas radio station, using VHF. See Tulear on port holidays. Working hours: 7:00-11:00 / 13:00-17:00 (Monday to Saturday). The port is located in bembatooka Bay on the northwest coast of Madagascar. We need to be careful when entering the bay. There are some sand bars in the bay. Port service facilities are: ship repair, dry dock, fueling, boats, medical, fresh water, supplies, repatriation, no pollution. The anchorage is 0.8km away from the coast and the water depth is 10.97m. The cargo is loaded and unloaded by barge. The northern part of the port is a straight wharf, 132 meters long and 8.5 meters deep. There are two mooring buoys with deep water wharf. The wharf is equipped with 6 cranes, with a maximum lifting capacity of 15 tons and a 25 ton crane. There are 6 tugs and 30 barges, and the covered warehouse covers an area of 17836.8 square meters.
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Manjunga port (Port Code:MGMJN), or Mahajanga port is a seaport, the second most important one in Madagascar after Toamasina. The marine terminal accommodates containerships and small (150 gross ton) general cargo freighters. Because of limited water depth at the wharf, only small ships can call at the terminal. Deeper-draft ships anchor off the terminal and transfer cargoes to and from barges, which move it to and from the terminal. Mahajanga is the third busiest port in Madagascar, but no rehabilitation has been taken place since many years. 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. Transhipment can result in more damages caused by double handling.
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