Port Watch Weekly

week # 11

Caribbean Updates

Saint Vincent and Grenadines

March 14th – National Heroes´ Day (public holiday)


March 18th – Saint Patrick’s Day (public holiday)

Puerto Rico

March 22nd – Emancipation Day (public holiday)

US Virgin Islands

March 28th – Holy Thursday

March 31st – Transfer Day

Trinidad & Tobago

March 30th – Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day


Good Friday and Easter Monday is held throughout much of the Caribbean. If you have questions about a specific territory and how it might affect the flow of operations, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The social situation remains unstable in Haiti’s territory with insecurity on the rise as kidnappings have increased considerably. We are currently operating at Port Cap Haitien, located north of Haiti and where the situation in the capital is not yet affected.


Central America

Puerto Cortes

Option to work on berth #4 is available again subject to approval from Terminal. Once they accept, vessel will be included on berthing plan.

This berth is only available for general cargo vessel. Please bear in mind that operations at this berth are subject to direct discharge only.

ENP terminal will charge USD2.50 per MT.

Acajutla, El Salvador

Project of dock repair continues at Pier A-1 / A-2 (Phase 1). Phases will be as follows:

  • Phase 1: will be for Pier A-1 with 110mts with estimated timing of 3 months on first stage, having about 200mts for docking vessels (towards Pier A-2)
  • Phase 2: will be for Pier A-2 with 100mts with estimated timing of 2.6 months repair. Having about 210mts for docking other vessels (towards Pier A-1)
  • Phase 3: will be 100mts in between piers A1 and A2, for this phase. No merchant vessels will be docked.


Note: this will affect congestion on other piers.

Line Ups & Industry news

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Acajutla, El Salvador

Port continues declared as “Congested”. Waiting time is around 8-10 days for breakbulk vessels.

Pier B-4, remains in maintenance, March 12 between 1500 and 1900 hrs.

At the moment, berthing is based on below priority list:

  1. Cruise vessel
  2. Sugar & molasses loading vessels.
  3. Containers
  4. Bulk carrier with food and perishable cargo
  5. RORO
  6. Cement/steel, etc.


  • Extra mooring lines onboard are suggested in case Terminal cannot supply as ACJ is at open sea and current swell conditions are affecting the piers.
  • Vessels that arrived with draft higher than 11.2m can only work at Pier C, which is dedicated to Containers vessels.


Due to unfavorable weather conditions and congestion, vessels can experience waiting times as follows:

Note: These waiting days are subject to weather condition, arrival drafts and type of cargo detailed as follows:

  • MPP and dry-bulk carriers are assigned for docking at berth #4 which has a max permissible draft of 12.3m SW.
  • Average water density in Caldera Port is 1.018
  • Main reason of delays is the current rain affecting turnaround time on vessel´s operating at berth.

Berth priorities:
1- Cruiser, 2- Perishable cargoes (reefer containers), 3- Ro-Ro (short time call), 4- grain vessels (at berth #4), 5- General cargo.

  • MPP and dry-bulk carriers may be assigned to dock other berths subject to priorities vessel type as follows:


  • Pier N° 1 length: 210 meters
    (Official DRAFT for General cargo Vessel 10.50 mts) | CONTAINER VESSEL´S HAVE PRIORITY

  • Pier N° 2 length: 150 meters
    (Official DRAFT for General cargo Vessel 9.50 mts)

  • Pier N° 3 length: 190 meters
    (Official DRAFT for General cargo Vessel 6.75 mts)

  • Pier N ° 4 length: 250 meters
    (Official DRAFT for General cargo Vessel 12.30 mts) | GRAIN VESSEL´S HAVE PRIORITY

Puerto Cortes, Honduras

Container ships have priority on following berths. Draft port restrictions as follows:

Pier 5: 478.5 meters length (Max allowed drafts 11 mts).

Pier 6: 350 meters length (Max allowed drafts 14 mts).

Rio Haina

Waiting time cannot be estimated at this point due to severe port congestion.

Current port restrictions:

LOA 760ft BEAM 105ft

  • Min depth 10.1m at pier #4 west.
  • Min depth 10.9m at pier #5 west.
  • Min depth 9.8m at pier #3 east.
  • Min depth 9.9m at pier #4 east.
  • Min depth 10.4m at pier #5 east.
  • Recommended UKC 0.3m.
  • Density BW varies between 1.016 and 1.025.

Puerto Plata

Berthing is subject to suitable marine/weather conditions and pilot criteria.

Forecasted conditions may be different to those actually experienced offshore.

Waiting time cannot be estimated but now both ports are congested.

LOA 700ft BEAM 100ft

  • Min depth 10.2m at pier #4 west
  • Min depth 10.2m at pier #5 west
  • Recommended UKC 0.3m
  • Density SW 1.025.

Puerto Quetzal

LOA restrictions: Berths: 1 – 4 -200 MT long each and accommodate as per LOA availability.

Berthing prospects at Puerto Quetzal are subject to various factor as:

  • Puerto Quetzal has 4 berths for discharge operations.
  • Regular and consistent liner traffic, two (2) of these berths are solely used for liner/container vessels.
  • These vessels include container ships with perishable cargo, passenger ships and military vessels.
  • The remaining two (2) berths to be used for all other types of cargo.
  • Container arriving on daily basis with priority.
  • Berthing prospects are based on a first come first served basis, except for liner (chartered) vessels.
  • Ships loading sugar have priority above all other vessels at port.
  • Currently no weather issues. BB times are approximately 15-20 days.

Weather Forecast

Forecasted conditions may be different to those experienced offshore.

Rio Haina

Puerto Plata

Puerto Cortés

Costa Rica

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Dry season goes from January to April and Rainy season from April to December.

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