2.1.9 Haiti Port of Saint Marc


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The Port of Saint-Marc was previously a regular port of call for RoRo vessels from Miami. It is now primarily a cabotage port, but customs service is available and some imports such as cement arrive in the port. Vessel calls are irregular. There is no port schedule. The port buildings are in good condition, but the wharf is dilapidated and unmaintained. The port area is small and crowded with derelict machinery. The port is very exposed and considerable swell makes it an uncomfortable dock to stay alongside. There are no navigational hazards on the port approach.

APN ports are free for use by humanitarian organisations carrying cargo that has customs exemption. There are limited warehouse facilities available inside the port.

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Ouest Department

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Port-au-Prince (88 km)

Gonaives (56 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Saint-Marc





Managing Company or Port Authority

Autorite Portuaire Nationale (APN)

Management Contact Person

Director: Nola Marius (+509 3800-8157)

Security: M Crescent (+509 3686-9239)

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Toussaint Louverture

Port-au-Prince International Airport

Berthing Specifications

The pier is oriented North/South and is extremely exposed. There is a basic cement apron very cluttered with derelict machinery. The berth is about 60m long with a single bollard at either end. The pier wall is broken with exposed reinforcing bar and no fenders. The height of the wharf above sea-level is 1.7m and is used frequently by RoRo vessels.

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Height of berth from sea level

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth/ Ro-Ro


60 m

1.7 m

10 m reported

Solid cement apron. Berth is in poor condition with no fenders

Container Berth



Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs



Water Barges



Port Handling Equipment

There is no handling cargo equipment in the port. Stevedoring can be organised.

Storage Facilities

There is a well-maintained warehouse facility. It is a substantial cement building with a tin roof. It has a smooth cement floor. There are small, locked steel doors. Dimensions: 15 m x 20 m. The is no parking area and the derelict machinery throughout the port make it difficult to manoeuvre long trucks.


The port has 24/7 security guards on duty. The port is surrounded by a 2.5m high wire fence topped with coiled barbed wire. There is one entrance though a sliding steel gate. There are solar powered lights throughout the port complex. Which provide weak lighting most of the night.

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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