Dominican Republic
2.1.2 Dominican Republic Port of Haina

Port Overview 

The Western Haina Port is located on the Haina River, Haina, Dominican Republic. This port is only used for regional shipping movements. The Port of Río Haina is located about 14 miles from Punta Palenque and 9 miles from the Port of Santo Domingo, at the mouth of the Río Haina. From the vicinity of the pilot boarding position the white sector (347-352o) of the directional light leads through the entrance channel marked by light buoys. Silting is seasonal and occurs during the rainy season from May to September. The terminal and the local agency should be consulted for the latest depths in the port. This port is the main general port for cargo, containers and petroleum products in the Dominican Republic.

It is a multipurpose port, which receives containers, general cargo, vehicles, fuels and grains. Import / export focuses on national and regional lines and feeders. It handles 38% of the containers and 60% of the total load inside and outside the country. The port of Haina has two terminals, which are located on both sides of the Haina River. The oldest Terminal is called Haina Occidental Terminal (which is the current name of the Port), and the most recent terminal is called Haina Oriental Terminal. The port is 6 miles from the National District of Santo Domingo.

Tidal Variation: 0.50 meters

Dock length: 2,880 meters of berth

Port depth: 33 feet

Docking Depth: 28 -35 feet

Inlet Channel: 60 linear meters wide

Inlet Channel Depth: 35 feet

Maneuvering circle: 300 meters

Terminals: East Haina / West Haina

Berths: 9 on the eastern bank / 6 on the western bank

Loading yard: 250,000 Mts2

Parking capacity: 2,000 imported vehicles

Silos: Warehouses for grains, oil, cement, chemical products, ...

Beaconing: 4 buoys (2 green, 2 red)

Leading: 3490

Security: ISPS Code for the Protection of Ships and Port Facilities

Operation: Loading and unloading

Ship reception: freighter, bulk carrier, tanker, tugboat, barge

Import / Export

  • Loose General Cargo
    • Containerized General Cargo
    • Solid General Cargo
    • General Liquid Cargo

 Web page: 

Key port information can also be found on the following link:

Port Location and Contact


Dominican Republic

Province or District

Santo Domingo

Nearest city or town with distance from the port

Distrito Nacional De Santo Domingo (9.7 km)

Port full name

Puerto Haina Occidental





Management of the Company or Port Authority

Haina International Terminals

Management contact person

Cristyan Peralta, Commercial Director

Nearest airport and airlines with frequent international arrivals / departures

Aeropuerto Internacional Las Americas Jose Francisco Peña-Gomez (SDQ)

Antillas Aereas, Aire Caraibes, Aerolineas De Aserca, Condor, Cubana, Insel Air, Intercaribbean Airways, Jetair, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Jetblu Airways, Laser Airlines, Seaborne Airlines, Pawa Dominicana, United Airlines, Venezolana, Spirit Airlines, Copa Airlines, Iberia, Air France, Air Europa, Avianca

Port Images


Description and contacts of key companies

Security Officer of the Port Facilities of Río Haina (PFSO)

Name: Arismendy Espinal

Office: (809) 537-6154

Cel.: (809) 8820114

Fax.: (809) 740-0028


Port and Traffic Control of the Port of Rio Haina Manager

Name: Luis Ricardo De León

Office: (809) 537-6154

Cel.: (829) 908–2473

Fax.: (809) 740-0028


Port of Río Haina

Office: Jorge A. De Cárdenas Sánchez (Maestro Mariner)

Oficina: (809) 537-6154

Cel.: (829) 921–4519

Fax.: (809) 740-0028


For more information on port contact details, see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

  • Maximum LOA: 705 feet. (215 meters)
  • Maximum beam: 105 feet. (32.01 meters)
  • Maximum draft on approach: 35 feet. (10.67 meters)
  • Maximum output current next to the berth: 33 feet. (10.06 meters)
  • Airdraft: No restrictions.
  • Water density: 1,017 (brackish water inside the port)


Website link to the relevant tariffs / tariffs:

Seasonal restrictions



Time frame



From June to November

Main import campaigns



Other comments


Management figures for 2018

Ship calls


Container traffic (TEUs)


Handling of figures in bulk and breakage in bulk for 2018

Bulk (MT)


Breaking volume (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, see the following link:

Berthing Specifications

Bunk type



Maximum Draft


Conventional Berth


190 m

10 m

Container Berth


215 m

Silo Berth




Warehouses for grains, oil, cement, chemical products

Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


West Berth Installations
Berth No. 1 West This is the closest berth to the jetty, used by Multiquimica to discharge liquid chemicals in bulk. This berth is 190 m (623 ft)
Berth No. 2 West 190 m (623 ft.) long and the apron is about 8 m (26 ft) wide. The pier is approximately 2.75 m (9 ft) above the water line at low tide both.
Berth No. 3 West This berth is 181 m (593 ft) long, of which only 110 m (370 ft) is usable, due to the poor condition of the apron pavement. This pavement is 1.75 m (5.7 ft) above the water line. This berth is currently serving as a bulk asphalt terminal dispenser, with the barge Asphalt Lion 110 m (360 ft.) if asphalt storage and asphalt tankers dock daily, for direct unloading.
Berth No. 4 West This berth is 264 m (866 ft) long and approximately 1.75 m above the water line. Berth is used for homogeneous bulk and bulk cargoes, such as grain and coal, using portable hoppers and bagging machines.
Berth No. 5 West The berth is 194 m (636 ft) long. The pier is approximately 1.75 m to the water line. Docking can be used for homogeneous break-bulk and bulk cargoes.
Berth No.6 West This berth is 134 m (440 ft) long and the apron is about 8 m (26.2 ft) wide. The dock is approximately 1.75 m above the water line. This berth is used by oil tankers unloading fuels.
East Berth Installations
Berth No. 1 East (Mercasid) This berth is the outermost dock of Rio Haina East Bank. This berth is privately operated by MERCASID S.A. and is used to download vegetables, edible oils and fats in bulk. The berth consists of a central platform jetty that supports a 6-in. ASA two-tube collector. 150, discharge rate of 2 x 450 tons / h., 9 bar, at 2.7 m (8.8 ft) above water. This central form ples 16.5 m (54 ft) long, with two large tire fenders and connected to a 4500-square-meter concrete shore platform, two dolphins in line with the berthing jetty line are separated 170 m (557 ft).
Berth No. 2 East (FERSAN) This facility is called FERSAN Berth, it is controlled by the fertilizer company Fertilizantes Santo Domingo (FERSAN) and is mainly used for its own bulk components importing operations and exporting bagged fertilizers. Another main user is Interquimica, it takes ivy from bulk liquid chemicals. This pier is 202.9 m (665 ft.) long and the apron is about 8 m. (26 feet) wide. The pier is approximately 1.7 m (5.6 ft) above the water line.
Berth No. 3 East (Falconbridge) This berth is 189.4 m (621 ft) long and the apron is about 10 m. (33 ft.) Wide. The pier is approximately 1.8 m. above the water line. The Falconbridge Dominicana Terminal is adjacent, and the cargo carriers for this company have preference in the use of this berth. Falconbridge receives bulk crude oil and other petroleum products. This berth can also be used by other ships, when Falconbridge and the ships are not occupying it.
Berth No. 4 East This berth is 215.9 m (708 ft.) long and the apron is about 12 m (39 ft.) wide. The dock is approximately 1.8m above the waterline. This berth is frequently used by RO-RO ships, because there are three ramps available; one at each end and one in the center. When one of the regularly scheduled RO-RO coating services is not used, berthing is used to unload bulk or homogeneous loads of general breakage.
Berth No. 5 East This berth is 215 m (708 ft) long and has a 12 m (39 ft.) apron. The pier is about 1.8 m. above the water line and is mainly used for container handling and general bulk cargo breakage.
Berth No. 6 East (Container Terminal) This berth is 704 m. (2,311 ft.) long and the apron 17 m. (55 ft.) wide. The pier is approximately 2.0m. (6.5 feet) above the water line. This berth is intended to handle containers only, but due to the frequent congestion of other berths, this dock is sometimes used for bulk cargo, steel products, wood, project cargo, etc. and almost any other ship with deep drafts.

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is administered by Haina International. The terminals (H.I.T.) operate three overhead gantry cranes on rails:

Gantry Crane No. 1

Maximum load-Lift 40 t.    

Maximum load-spreader 30 t.          

Maximum. Coast coast of disclosure 35 m.  12 rows   

Air outlet allowed 29 m.    

Gantry Crane No. 2 Panamax Aerial Gantry

Maximum load-Lift 50 t.    

Maximum load-spreader 40 t.          

Maximum. Coastal coast 43 m.   17 TEU        

Air eraser allowed 35.6m  

Gantry Crane No. 3

Maximum load-Lift 48 t.    

Maximum load-spreader 38 t.          

Maximum. Coast coast of disclosure 35 m.  12 rows   

Air outlet allowed 29 m.    

There are also several large hoppers available at the dock used to unload bulk loads into trucks.



Total quantity and available capacity

Comments on current condition and actual use

Dockside Crane



Gantries Container


3 units

Consult the specifications above.

Mobile cranes


2 units - 100 MT capacity each

Mobile Gottwalt cranes




RoRo Tugmaster (withTrailer)



Grain lift with bagging machines







For cargo handling

Container facilities


20 feet

40 feet

Container facilities available



Container Loading Station (CFS)



Refrigerated container stations



Other capacity details

Daily take-off capacity
(containers per day)


Number of Reefer stations
 (connection points)

150 distributed in 7 towers, for refrigerated containers.

Emergency take-off capability



Belt change capability
(per-turn containers)



Customs Orientation

For more information on customs in the Dominican Republic, see the following link: 1.3 Customs information.

Terminal information

Multipurpose Terminal

Grain and Bulk Handling

Main Storage Terminal

70,000 m2 for general load handling/storage.

Storage type

Number of storage facilities

Surface (m2)

Bagged cargo


Refrigerated cargo

150 Connectors

General load

4 Close multi-purpose WHs



This is granted to shipping lines.

Vessel Services


Fuel and diesel oil are available in tanker truck.  Arrangements that must be made in advance through the Local Agency. Trucks carry up to 37.8 m3 (10,000 U.S. gallons).

Fresh water

Supplied by tanker truck or by berthing place pipes lines upon arrangement through the agency.

Ship Repairs

The Calderas and Santo Domingo are available in dry berthing and workshops. Ciramar International Trading in Las Calderas is operating three floating docks and thus any boat under 173 m x 33 m.  x 5 m, you can dock dry there. Legus Enterprises has a three-tier graving pier on the east bank of the Santo Domingo Ozama River; 156 m.  x 16 m.  x 5 m. The internationally recognized machinery representative and class company surveyors are authorized to serve customers at the above-mentioned facilities.


At least four tugs are available throughout the day and towagees are mandatory. Tugboats are between 2000 and 3800 H.P.

Hinterland Information

You can hire transport companies from Santo Domingo.  The port also has a transport union, but they are more lenient in terms of other transporters. Entry and departure are allowed 24 hours a day, but the movement of tanker trucks and car carriers is restricted only to daylight hours.

Port Security

Security has improved significantly as the port of Rio Haina is ISPS compliant and certified. Stowaways incidents have been kept to a minimum, however, preventive measures must be taken and the PFSO will board the vessel upon arrival to coordinate protection measures with the ship's SSO and to sign DOS if necessary. Code I.S.P.S. was certified by Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM) from 26/01/2006. The port is protected by armed guards from CESEP-Specialized Corps in Port Security-composed of non-personal armed forces. The terminal was certified with BASC on 20/05/2007 and was certified as a member at the C-TPAT on 06/01/2011.


Compatible with ISPS

Yes, ISO9001-2008

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 - Normal, Level 2 - High, Level 3 - Exceptional)


Police boats


Fire Engines



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