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Seaport Related Activities

An Emerging Maritime Hub

Strategically located along the key maritime trade route of the southern region of the Indian Ocean with an estimated traffic of 30,000 vessels plying annually in its maritime zone, Mauritius ambitions to emerge as a leading regional maritime hub.

Consequently, over MUR 6 billion are being invested in the modernisation and expansion of the port. Completed projects includes the extension of the container terminal to increase capacity to 750,000 TEUs, acquisition of new cranes by Cargo Handling Corporation, extension of the MCT quay by 240m, dredging of the navigational channel to 16.5m to accommodate for larger vessels and land reclamation for other port related projects.

The port master plan has been finalised and a further investment of over USD 700 million is forecasted over the coming years for the development of a cruise passenger terminal, breakwaters and an island terminal. To further optimise port infrastructure usage and increase port productivity, the establishment of a smart port system is underway.

Assets & offerings to enhance your competitive edge:

  • Strategic location
  • 24/7 operations
  • Competitive rates
  • Secure, reliable and timely operations
  • Wide range of service providers
  • Ease of doing business
  • Forecasted exponential traffic growth
  • Ideal to service growing demand for petroleum products of Eastern Africa
  • Freeport incentives

Legal Framework:

  • Ports Act 1998
  • Shipping-Related Instruments:
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), 1983
  • Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes, 1972 (London Convention)
  • and the 1996 Protocol
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990
  • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

Key Facts:






Container Transhipment

(‘000 TEUs)





Petroleum Hub Exports

(‘000 tonnes)





No. of vessel calls





  • Establishing regional transhipment base
  • Bunkering
  • Petroleum storage for re-export
  • Ship building, repairs and allied Services
  • Ship supply and chandling
  • Ballast water treatment
  • Ship waste treatment
  • Home porting for cruise lines
  • Ancillary services to vessels and the cruise industry