2.1.1 Haiti Port International de Port-au-Prince APN


Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com

The International Port of Port-au-Prince (known as APN) was to be the centrepiece of a nationwide port rebuilding programme however progress has stalled. The first phase of redevelopment for Quai Nord was completed in June 2016.  Port Lafito now competes as the premier container handling port for Port-au-Prince. Containerised cargo is handled at Quai Nord. Several container feeder services of global liner operators call at this port (MSC, CMA-CGM, ZIM, Maersk/Sealand, Antillean, DP World). The barges, which were temporary wharves during port reconstruction lie at the western end of Quai Nord and are still used for discharge of bulk commodities such as grain.

Quai Sud has not been developed and continues to be used by tugs, small craft and barges. There are no cargo operations at Quai Sud. There are small beach landings between Quai Nord and Quai Sud used for landing craft engaged in cabotage trade and ferry services. International container and bulk operations are managed by Caribbean Port Services who own the cargo handling equipment.

The International Port had a throughput of 180 000 TEUs in 2021. The port handled 277 vessel calls in 2021and 365 in 2020, with an average vessel call of seven hours.

Port website: Autorite Portuaire Nationale

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Ouest Department

Nearest Town or City Distance from Port

Within Port-au-Prince

Port's Complete Name

International Port of Port-au-Prince (known as APN)





Managing Company or Port Authority

Caribbean Port Services

Autorite Portuaire Nationale

Management Contact Person

General Director- Ken Lacoste +509 4039 4784

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Toussaint Louverture

Port-au-Prince International Airport

Berthing Specifications

There are 5 tugs available, 3 Svitzer + 2 APN. Tug service is mandatory. 1 tug for vessels up to 150m LOA, 2 tugs for vessels greater than 150m LOA. North Quay and the RoRo ramp have good fenders and bollards. The cement structures are in good condition. The Barges at the Western end of North Quay have adequate fenders and bollards.

The Southern Quay is in reasonable condition but is crowded with many small vessels and tugs.

North Quay and RoRo berth showing DP World Feeder service vessel alongside. Access to RoRo berth can be blocked when there are containerships in port.

South Quay. Congested with tugs, barges and small craft. Coast Guard vessels also moored here. No cargo operations at South Quay. 


There are three beach berths between North and South Quays which can be used by landing craft.




Ht above SL



North Quay


410 m

 2.7 m

11.5 m

Mainly for container ships



120 m each


11.5 m

Bulk only

RoRo Berth


30 m


6.6 m

Bloced at times by containership operations

South Quay


200 m

1.5 m

6.5 m

Congested. No cargo operations

Beach berths



For landing craft

Port Handling Equipment

Cargo handling equipment belongs to Caribbean Port Services (CPS). They manage the sizable container storage area in the northern section of the port. CPS has a separate entrance gate.





Mobile cranes


 Gottwald/ Konecrane

 650,000 TEUs

Reach -stackers



Top- loaders





Evacuators/ conveyors




Bagging machines




Tanker storage








Container storage area

 40 ha

 400,000 TEUs

Container reefer points


 400 PLUGS



Caribbean Grain Company


Mobile crane at North Quay

Storage Facilities

There is a 40-hectare container yard inside the port facility, in the northern section managed by CPS. The capacity is 400 000 TEUs and there are 400 reefer-points. The average container dwell time is 15 days and the facility is under Navis Octopi terminal operating system (TOS). The port reports 32 container movements per hour. There are warehouse facilities of 1850m2 which is projected to be expanded to 19,000 m2 in 2023. There are private silos on site which belong to Caribbean Grain company. They are used exclusively for rice. 

Security and Access

The port has 24/7 security guards on duty. The area is not covered by CCTV. There are active security patrols within the port by armed guards. The port is surrounded by a high perimeter fence. There are two distinct entrances. CPS gate (Waaf Jeremie) in the north-east and APN in the south-east. CPS has their own security company patrolling the CPS section of the port. APN are responsible for security in the southern section of the port. The PFSOs work in close cooperation. The entire facility is situated in a zone that is subject to gang activity and sporadic violence. Access is restricted at times. (July 2022)

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