Approaches: Except 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 passage, Bodukalhi 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 Channel: Giraavaru 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 lights: Navigational Light beacons have been installed in Bandos maa gaa and Maagiri Reef, please refer BA chart 3323.
Mooring: 3 Head line to shore Bollard 70t and 2 Astern Line to shore Bollard 70 t
Cruise Vessels: Passenger vessels are handled at anchorage. Number of berths available: None
Specialised Cargo Facilities: No Ro-Ro berths. Containers and conventional cargo are handled at Berth and at Anchorage.
Tanker Facilities: Tanker 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 Facilities: Gas Tankers (LPG) terminal is available at Thilafushi Island two terminal one STO PLC Terminal and one Vila gas terminal. Vessels length 130m draft 8meters can be berthed in these two terminals.
Hoses: International connection can be used.
Cargo Operations: Vessels are handled on first come first serve basis.
Stevedores: The Maldives Ports Limited is the sole stevedoring company. Average load/discharge rate is 2,500 f/t per day, depending on type of commodities, ship’s gear and port situation. Overtime is possible, Saturday to Wednesday for 2 hours after midnight, if the vessel is expected to complete its loading or unloading within 2 hours and on Thursday from 2400-0800 hrs. if the vessel can complete within the additional 8 hours.
Fresh Water: Fresh water is available on request in any quantity. Average supply rate 15 m/t per hour.
Fuel: MGO/available at berths by bunker barges and small Tanker ships at anchorage.
Chandlery: Ship supply service can be arranged through ship’s Agent.
Services: Radar/Gyro and communications equipment repairs possible from Maldives Electronic Service Company (MESCO) Tel: +960 -332 3536. Fax: +960 3316741
Repairs: Workshops are available for mechanical repairs. Limited fabrication/steel work is available.
Opening / Closing Hatches: Normally done by ships crew. However port stevedores can open and close hatches on request.
Shore Leave: Possible after inward clearance is granted.
Repatriation: Facilities exist for effecting crew changes and arranging necessary repatriation.
Identification Cards: Seaman’s book/Passport. Or ship ID card can be use while leaving and entering gates.
Ship Stores : Loading of ship store Customs permission required.