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Manakara (MGWVK)

Manakara, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar

Port Code MGWVK Port Name Manakara
City Manakara Country/Region Madagascar
Port Type Feeder Port Category Port City
Latitude -22.140945 Longitude 48.022205
Manakara (Port Code:MGWVK) is a small commercial port off which vessels anchor to load and discharge situated at the mouth of the Manakara River, in Madagascar. The port of Manakara is situated inside a lagoon which is part of the Canal des Pangalanes. The entrance channel has presently a mere 0,5 metres of depth at low water. At high tide it would allow passage to embarkations drawing less than 1,5 metres. Of the port’s warehouses (offering a total storage space of 4,700 m²) three are in relatively good condition.
In 2013 the bridge connecting the two parts of Manakara town on both sides of the Canal des Pangalanes collapsed under a truck. Repair is ongoing. The provisional bridge substituting it cuts straight through the old port in the lagoon. Before the provisional bridge made a large part of the 380 meter long quay (reported to accommodate embarkations with up to 3 metres draft) inaccessible, operations were abandoned in 2009; the remaining 7 barges were sold, pilots retired and stevedoring companies closed down.

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