Hellville, the chief town (so called after De Hell, governor of Reunion at the time of the French annexation), is a port of call for the Messageries Maritimes and a centre for the coasting trade along the western shores of Madagascar.
Depping, L'Histoire des expeditions maritimes des Normands (1843), a not very critical work, and E.
Regular monthly communication with Marseilles is maintained by the Messageries Maritimes steamers.
The islands are regularly visited by vessels of the Messageries Maritimes fleet, and a coaling station for the French navy has been established.
De Miltitz, Manuel des consuls (London and Berlin, 1837-1843); Baron Ferdinand de Cussy, Dictionndire du diplomate et du consul (Leipzig, 1846), and Reglements consulaires des principaux etats maritimes de l'Europe et de l'Amerique (ib., 1851); Tuson, British Consul's Manual (London, 1856); De Clercq, Guide pratique des consulats (1st ed., 1858, 5th ed.
The Messageries Maritimes Company use the port as a coaling station and provisioning depot for their South American trade.