2.1.6 Haiti Port of Gonaives (public port)

Port Overview

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

The Ports of Gonaives and Sedren/Terminal Gonaives both lie withing the Baie de Gonaives. They are separate facilities. Both are managed by APN, but Sedren/Terminal Gonaives is reputed to have private ownership. The port in the centre of the town of Gonaives is largely derelict. Sedren/Terminal Gonaives is the more developed port, it was originally constructed as a port to export bauxite mined in the area. Ownership of Sedren/Terminal Gonaives is contested and there is no regular vessel schedule.

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

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Artibonite Department

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Port-au-Prince (142 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Gonaives





Managing Company or Port Authority

Autorite Portuaire Nationale (APN)

Management Contact Person

Directrice - Mme Fleurette + 509 3220 4514

Technical – Pierre Michel St-Armand +509 3323 7337

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Toussaint Louverture

Port-au-Prince International Airport

Cap Haitian Airport

The APN office is in this port. The wharf is dilapidated and unmaintained. There is a pile of boulders in the middle of the quay making it almost impossible to be used. The port area is small and there are no storage facilities. The presence of numerous wrecks makes the approach to the berth treacherous. There is a derelict vessel blocking the potentially most useable berth. This port is used by very small coastal traders, sailing cargo boats and fishing boats. APN ports are free for use by humanitarian organisations carrying cargo that has customs exemption.

Port Pictures


Berth used by small coastal vessels. There are many submerged wrecks on the approach.

End of the pier in ruins. Large pile of boulders blocks the access. Derelict vessel in only potentially useable berth.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth



Height of berth from sea level

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth/ Ro-Ro


50 m

1.0 m


Many wrecks in area. Silting is likely. Depth unknown

The dog-leg pier is oriented East-West and is well protected deep inside the Baie des Gonaives. There is a very small cement apron littered with boulders. The berth is about 50 m long. The entire wharf is in extremely poor condition The height of the wharf above sea-level is 1.0 m.

Port Handling Equipment

There is no handling cargo equipment in the port.

Storage Facilities

There are no storage facilities.


Security officers are present. The port has a high perimeter wall at the gate but can be easily accessed along the shore.

Port Access

The port is in the centre of town and there is reasonable road access. Traffic congestion might cause some issues at the port entrance at times.

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