The Ports Authority Tonga (PAT) plays a vital role at the heart of the Kingdom of Tonga’s maritime trade. The Ports Authority manages and maintains the operations and assets of the ports, encouraging the development of commercially viable and efficient ports in Tonga. The country is an archipelago in the south Pacific Ocean comprising 169 islands stretching over a distance of approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles).

At a glance

Port of Nuku’alofa — serving both domestic and international trade, the Port of Nuku’alofa’s facilities accommodate cruise ships, general cargo vessels, gas carriers, and tankers. There is one international container and general cargo terminal at Nuku’alofa and some domestic wharves serving inter-island ferries. The container terminal has the capacity for storage of up to 700 containers, including plugs for 63 reefer containers. Queen Salote Berths 1 & 2 are multi-purpose and can handle RoRo berthing vessels up to 110 meters with 11-meter drafts. There is one covered warehouse of approximately 3,500m2. There is generally space for short-term food storage. Vuna Wharf is Tonga’s main Cruise Terminal. The pier is 120 meters long and 10 meters and 320 meters long end-to-end of two offshore and two onshore mooring dolphins with a 10-meter maximum draft.

Port of Neiafu (Vava’u) is a deep-water harbor on the south coast of Vava’u, the main island of the Vava’u archipelago in northern Tonga. Anchorage depth is 23.2 meters and over with a cargo pier depth of 7.1 to 9.1 meters. Facilities include one container berth with a length of 65 meters and a 6.6-meter draft.

Port of Pangai is located on the Ha’apai group of islands in the center of the Tonga group. The Port is used by inter-island ferries and smaller inter-island shipping vessels. The wharf has one conventional berth with a length of 165 meters and a maximum draft of 1.5 meters.


PO Box 144, Vuna Road, Ma’ufanga
Nuku’alofa Kingdom of Tonga

Telephone: +(676)23168

Key staff:
CEO: Mr. Alo Maileseni (alo.mailseni@tongaports.to)
Manager, Operations Services: Mr. Halloween Kisina (halloween.kisina@tongaports.to)

Board members:
Chairman – Dr Ngongo Kioa
Deputy Chairman – Mr. Michael Bloomfield
Director – Mr. Toimoana Takataka
Director – Mr. Fakahau Valu
Director – Mr. Sione Havea Taione
Director – Mr. Soakai Motu’apuaka
Director – Mr. Etuate Sakalia