Ports and Terminals

Clarification of Port Moresby Cargo Terminal & International Port Code

Dear Valued Customers,


As some of you are already aware, there have been two International Cargo Terminals operating within Port Moresby’s Fairfax Harbour for some years – Container Terminal 4A in downtown Port Moresby, and Motukea International Wharf on Motukea Island, across the harbour from the city centre.

Initially a private facility built to accommodate project cargo flows for the major ExxonMobil PNGLNG construction project, at the conclusion of that project the Motukea facility was purchased by the Government of Papua New Guinea and ear-marked for further expansion so that the existing port facilities in downtown Port Moresby could be freed up for other commercial and retail opportunities.

The Government of Papua New Guinea has recently announced that Container Terminal 4A will close from 18 February 2018 and that all international vessels will transfer to Motukea Island, which will become the sole International Cargo Terminal servicing the city of Port Moresby.

Sofrana ANL’s vessels have called at both terminals in recent times, and we have previously referred to both terminals as generic “Port Moresby”, “PGPOM” or simply “POM” on our various documentation.

However, with the closure of Container Terminal 4A, effective immediately Sofrana ANL will commence using the correct International Port Code for Motukea Island which is PGMTK. All shipping documentation for cargo booked to Port Moresby will state Port of Discharge as “Motukea Island” effective from Sofrana Surville V239 onwards.

Please contact your nearest Sofrana ANL representative in case any further clarification or information is required.


Sofrana ANL Pte Limited.