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Madagascar: A cabotage service from coast to coast

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Improved cabotage service in Madagascar can reduce shipping costs around the island.

The challenge

Only a small share of the coastal population in Madagascar has access to a formal maritime transportation system – a cabotage service. Even so, those fortunate enough to use the service still have to contend with unpredictable schedules and safety hazards. 

Considering that Madagascar has the longest coastline among all countries in Africa, this is less than ideal. 

This led InfraCo Africa to ask CPCS to make the cabotage service more effective, reliable and safer for the island’s businesses and communities. 

What we’re doing  

CPCS began with the identification of several suitable ports around the island. 

“Next is to consult partners such as local transport firms and international shippers that are willing to develop and operate the service,” says Jan Grabowiecki, a CPCS expert.  

A key factor for this project is to target areas with the highest commercial potential and development impact.

“Underserved ports are our priority,” adds Jan. “But first, a due diligence study will guide us from point A to B.”

CPCS will look at potential upgrades to existing ports and warehouse facilities. It will also conduct financial and market studies on the size of freight traffic in ports.


With a revamped cabotage service in operation, Madagascar can expect the following changes:

  • A more dependable sea transit
  • Lower price for imported goods in poorer areas
  • Increased accessibility around the island
  • Improve export options for littoral communities