Ports of Madagascar

A master plan to structure actions

For the island of Madagascar, the port system is obviously strategic. It is a crucial logistics hub for both foreign and domestic trade, which has to cope with limited road and rail infrastructure. The Malagasy government, through its port, maritime and river agency (APMF), has undertaken a review of the development of its ports and has called on Artelia to support it in this process.


Madagascar has 17 ports classified as Ports of National Interest (PIN) and Ports of Regional Interest (PIR), handling some 14,000 ships a year. APMF is responsible for the direction of this port system, and has made it a priority to rehabilitate damaged infrastructure and bring it up to international ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) standards. It also plans to carry out institutional reforms and draw up a master plan for the ports to structure its actions. The APMF chose Artelia to help it draw up this strategic document, which defines the modifications and new constructions required for the port system, proposing a technical and financial programme that takes into account the socio-economic dimensions of these transformations.

Artelia’s study covered all activities directly linked to the port sector (commercial freight and passenger traffic, port and maritime safety and security, logistics, city-port relations, etc.). Our teams carried out an in-depth diagnosis of the port sector (infrastructure, services, connectivity, capacity, performance, environment, etc.) and assessed the traffic outlook for 2023, 2030 and 2040, identifying investment requirements. They then proposed various scenarios and drew up the National Port Development Master Plan (SNDP) itself, setting out action plans and proposing follow-up and monitoring tools.