Male’ Commercial Harbor

MCH is the main port in the Maldives and the core international maritime gateway into the Maldives.

It is located at the North-West Corner of Malé Island, the Capital of the Maldives. The current port has a quay length of 102m with a depth of CD -9.25 meters. Additionally, the port has a barge quay on both the east and west-end of the port of approximately 75m in length, with a depth of -6.5m.
All port activities, from docking, clearing all the way to storage are provided from the MCH facility. The services and activities provided from the MCB are extensive, including the port yards, harbor basins, wharves, and anchorages.

Available Services

ApproachesExcept in very heavy rain in the S.W monsoon, the visibility is good and landfall can be made easily. The 25 story tower south west of Male’ in position: Lat 04 10.35N Long. 73 30.11 E. is visible at a distance of 30 nautical miles. The aerial tower of Vilingili island is also visible for approaching vessels. Vessels approaching Male’ port should contact Harbor control on VHF channel 10 two hours prior to arrival at Bodukalhi pilot boarding ground (Lat 04 16.0 N Long. 073.34.0 E). All vessels are required to keep their AIS (Automatic Identification System) on at all times.
Bodukalhi PassageBodukalhi passage, (approaches to Male’ from east) the best and widest entrance in to the lagoon of Male’ atoll lies between Kanduoigiri and Lankanfinolhu 1 ¾ miles NNE; the channel is about 1 ¼ miles wide between the reefs. There are depths of about 50 m in the deepest part of the fairway which lies 6 cables S of Lankanfinolhu and about 3 cables clear of its reef; a bank with depths of 10 m or less extends 5 cables into the entrance N from Furanafushi (2.252). Bodukalhi Passage is 8 cables wide at its outer end and has a depth of 40m in the fairway. Male Viligili passage (MAA THILA PASSAGE) is another safe passage for entrance to Male’ anchorage for vessel of draft less than 3.5 meters. Mariners should exercise with caution when using this channel as a shoal of 5.0m lies in the center of the channel.
Giraavaru East ChannelGiraavaru Irumathee Kandu (04.11.0N, 073.24.50E) is an easily discernible channel, with a least depth of 46 m in the middle of its fairway and can be used during daylight hours as there are no navigational light beacons in the channel.
Bodukalhi passage lightsNavigational Light beacons have been installed in Bandos maa gaa and Maagiri Reef, please refer BA chart 3323
Mooring3 Head line to shore Bollard 70t and 2 Astern Line to shore Bollard 70 t
Cruise VesselsPassenger vessels are handled at anchorage
Number of berths availableNone
Specialized Cargo FacilitiesNo Ro-Ro berths. Containers and conventional cargo are handled at Berth and at Anchorage.
Tanker FacilitiesTanker terminal is available at Funadhoo and Thilafushi Island. Vessels below 15000 tons displacement and draft of 8.0m can be handled at these berths. Tankers are also handled at anchorage, and ship-to-ship transfer is possible for large vessels.
LPG/LNG FacilitiesGas Tankers (LPG) terminal is available at Thilafushi Island two terminal one STO PLC Terminal and one Vila gas terminal. Vessels length 130m and draft 8 meters can be berthed in these two terminals.

Terminal Information

Berths –  Magathufaalan Length 101.3 meters, water draught 10.2 meters

– Eastern lighterage Berth: draught 3.5 meters – Western Lighterage Berth : draught 3.5 meters

Storage Area – Open storage of 21700 m2 – Covered warehouse of 2900 m2

Reefer plugs– 80 Plug points for Reefer containers Cargo – All types of cargo handled at berth except dry bulk cargo, liquefied petroleum and gases. Dock density 1026 maximum temperature 33 degrees C.

Cargo Working Hours–  24 Hours

Port Holidays

  1. 1st Day of Muhrram (Islamic New Year)
  2. 1st Day of Ramazaan (Islamic Calendar)
  3. Fithr Eid Day (Islamic Calendar)
  4. Hajj Day (Islamic Calendar)
  5. Al’h’aa Eid Day (Islamic Calendar)
  6. 1st Day of Rabee’ul Awwal (Islamic Calendar) National Day
  7. 12th Day of Rabee’ul Awwal (Islamic Calendar) Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  8. 26 July (Independence Day)
  9. 11 November (Republic Day)

Terminal Equipment’s:

Mobile CranesCapacityForkliftsCapacity
4 Units25 t3 Units3 t
5 Units30 t15 Units4 t
1 Unit40 t1 Unit12 t
1 Unit160 t1 Unit13t
2 Units25 t
Container Reach StackersCapacityContainer Barge HandlersCapacity
3 Units45t3 Units45t
Trailers and TractorsCapacityRTGCapacity
2 Trailers (20’)40 t2 Units40t
3 Trailers (40’)
4 Tractors40t

Marine Crafts

TugsCapacityHatch BargesCapacity
1 Tug VeeruBP 8t2 Units200 t
1 Tug Veeru-2BP 12t4 Units150 t
1 Tug OxBP 4 t
Flat Top BargesCapacityPilot BoatService Boats
4 Units300 t1 Unit1 Unit 400 hp
1 Unit600 t

Ballast and slops 

Ships are prohibited from discharging dirty ballast and slop.

Pre-Arrival Information

Vessels arriving Male’ port should report Harbour Control on VHF Ch 10 Two hours prior to arrival at the pilot boarding ground for their arrival information. The Harbour Control will provide all the information regarding vessel’s arrival

Notice of ETA must be sent to the following authorities 12 hours prior to arrival through the local Agents.

  1. Maldives Ports Limited (MPL)
  2. Maldives Customs Service
  3. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)
  4. Port Health Section.
  5. Department of Immigration and Emigration

The following particulars shall be notified to the concerned authorities:

  1. Name of vessel:
  2. IMO No.
  3. Call sign
  4. Flag
  5. Name of Master and nationality:
  6. Name of the local agent:
  7. Name of vessel owner:
  8. Last port of call and next port of call:
  9. Type of vessel /Call sign
  10. Port of Registry and number:
  11. DWT/ GT / NT:
  12. LOA and max draft:
  13. Details of dangerous cargo on board for Male:
  14. ETA Male:
  15. Cargo for the discharge:
  16. Air draft:
  17. Validity of International Ship Security Certificate:

Documents required :

Maldives Ports Limited

  • 1 Copy of Arrival Departure form
  • 1 Copy of Crew and Passenger List
  • 3 Sets of cargo manifest with 2 sets of B/L copies (including Transit cargo if any)
  • 2 Stowage Plans
  • Dangerous cargo list (if any)
  • Container Bay plan
  • Container list for Unloading / Loading  (if any)
  • Container loading Bay plan

 Maldives Customs Service

  • Last Port Clearance Certificate
  • 1 Copy of Bonded Store List
  • 1 Copy of   Cargo Manifest
  • 1 Crew and Passenger List
  • 1 Copy of  “Nil” Declaration of Animals, Plants, Arms, etc

Port health

  • 1 Copy of Maritime Declaration of Health
  • 1 Copy of Crew & Passenger List
  • 1 Copy of Manifest for vessels arriving from India and Sri Lanka
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination list (Only if the vessel called at a yellow fever area during last 30 days

Department of Immigration and Emigration

  • 1 Copy of Crew and passenger List
  • Pass Ports or Seaman’s Books (crew CDC) of each person.

Coast Guard

  • Copy of Crew & passenger list
  • Cargo manifest including Transit Cargo
  • 1 Arms and ammunition List
  • * Any Arms and Ammunition should be declared and handed over to Coast Guard which will be placed on board before sailing
Harbour Control10+960-332 9330+960-332 8624
Pilot Vessel10
Pilots10+960-777 5397 – Cap. Ali Rasheed
+960-777 6862 – Cap. Shahid
+960-778 2247 – Cap. Hussain Faisal
+960-793 1032 – Cap.Hussain Ali
Coastguard16+960-332 3431+960-331 5244
Tugs & Towage11+960-330 7668+960-330 9949
Terminal Operators11+960-332 7102+960-332 5237
Stevedores11+960-331 7482+960-332 5237
Port Health Section+960-332 3963+960-332 1924

Customs and Immigration

Maldives Customs and Port Immigration are located within close proximately to Male’ Commercial Harbour.

The following is a notification issued by Maldives Customs Service to vessels calling at Male’ Commercial Harbour.
– All ships are requested to submit a port clearance, cargo manifests, passenger and crew lists and any other relevant documents.
– Departure time should be notified and Port Clearance should be obtained before leaving the Male’ Commercial Harbour.
– All visitors, ships officers, crew, and passengers are requested to use the jetty at Male’ Commercial Harbour when embarking or disembarking the island of Male’

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES: Items of total value not exceeding MRF. 6000.00 will be exempted, excluding wine, spirits, etc. for each crew member.

Prohibited Items 

Following is a list of items that are prohibited to bring to Maldives (except for the use of the state):
– Any type of gunpowder
– Weapons of War
– Intoxicants and other illegal drugs

Articles carried by foreign distinguished personnel signifying their ranks, titles or honors and other items carried in connection with such ranks, titles or honors by those who accompany such distinguished guests shall be exception to this rule.

Following are prohibited to import without a permit from the concerned Authorities (except for the use of the state):
– All forms of poisons and sulfuric acid
– Nitrates
– Dangerous animals
– Alcoholic drinks
– Dogs
– Pigs and pork
– Statues used for worship

Following are totally prohibited items to import to Maldives. 
– Phonograph materials

Note: In addition to items stipulated in this regulation the Head of Maldives Customs Service can withhold any items, the import of which in his opinion shall be prohibited and bring the matter to the notice of the Ministry of Trade and Industries. The final settlement will be in accordance with the decisions of the Ministry of Trade and Industries.