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Port Overview

The Port of Belize City was originally established in 1978. In 2002, the government of Belize agreed to sell the Port of Belize to Port of Belize Limited (PBL), including the license to operate, manage and provide port-related services. The license was granted for a duration of 30 years and sets out the specific responsibilities and duties of PBL. More recently , discussions between PBL and the government of Belize are ongoing to modernize the port facilities by constructing a new bulk terminal to serve the growing needs of the export sector.

Port website: Port of Belize Website

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

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Belize

Province or District

Belize

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Belize City (0.5 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Belize

Latitude

17.47368

Longitude

-88.20073

Managing Company or Port Authority

Port of Belize Limited

Management Contact Person

Kenrick M. Rirchards /Cargo Operations Manager

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Airport Name: Philip Goldson International Airport Belize

Airlines: United, American, Delta, Southwest and Avianca


Port Picture

-       Port Entrance from Belize City

-       Puma Fuel Storage Facilities (Fuel Supplier for Belize) - 189,270 litre (50,000 gallons) storage capacity

-       Storage Warehouse 1,950 m2

-       Loading/Unloading Areas 2,400 m2  and 790 m2

-       Pier Length to Dock (+/- 700 meters)

-       Containers Yards 9,290 m2 and 5,850 m2

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For more information on key companies at the Port of Belize City, see the following link:4.4 Belize Port and Waterways Companies Contact List

Port Performance

The Port of Belize City faces several access constraints and bottlenecks. The one lane trestle and pier head create a severe bottleneck due to its small size and sharp turning angles. As a result, this leads to limited movement and activity on the pier head itself.  Likewise, the width of the pier head restricts vessel operations to one at a time, and restricts efficient use of either shore cranes or ship cranes. This adds significant costs to the port's operations.

The shallow depths in the channel, turning basin and pier head restrict the size of vessels that can operate at the port, while restricting the possibility of economies of scale, in particular for bulk commodities. The substandard design and condition of crane equipment at the pier head causes bottlenecks and additional costs, in particular with wider and larger vessels, resulting in excessive re-shifting and sorting of containers.

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

June to November

Major Import Campaigns

Yes

March to December

Other Comments

N/A

Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls

201

Container Traffic (TEUs)

46,040

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016

Bulk (MT)

910,805

Break bulk (MT)

730,300


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

1

25

8

Container Berth

1

25

8

Silo Berth

N/A  

Berthing Tugs

1

 

8

Water Barges

1

 

8

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

1st Berth

Exports - Bagged Cargo

1st Berth

Imports and Exports - RoRo

N/A

Other Imports

N/A

Port Handling Equipment

In 2002, the port of Belize was privatized and has been managed by Port of Belize Limited since then.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

150 mt, 155 mt

Operational

Container Gantries

Yes

 

Operational

Mobile Cranes

Yes

55 mt, 60 mt

Operational

Reachstacker

Yes

49.5 mt

Operational

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

  

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

  

Transtainer

No

50 mt, 25 mt

Operational

Forklifts

Yes

5 mt

Operational

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

9290 m²

5850 m²

Container Freight Station (CFS)

1

1

Refrigerated Container Stations

 

72

Other Capacity Details

N/A

N/A

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

N/A

N/A

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

12

12

Emergency Take-off Capacity

N/A

N/A

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

N/A

N/A

Customs Guidance

All documentation needs to be put online which can be done from anywhere in the country. All duties are paid to the Bank Care of Government of Belize. Customs declaration are then taken to the customs office. It takes about one hour to complete the procedures. Working hours of customs offices are from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 17:00. On weekends, appointments need to be coordinated individually.

For more information on customs in Belize, please see the following link: 1.3 Belize Customs Information 

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Quay of 67 m and RoRo Berth of 25 m. Pier (230 m² (2,500 ft²)) is currently not in use. The RoRo ramp was never operational due to design flaws and due to a lack of water depth for RoRo vessels on the windward side of the pier head.

 

Grain And Bulk Handling

Break bulk cargo is being discharged by using vessel cranes. The Port of Belize Limited conducts all these operations. There is no bulk handling facility in Belize to meet the growing need for bulk commodity movements.

 

Main Storage Terminal

The size of the working area of the port is 2,400 m² (25,800 ft²). The storage warehouses have a total capacity of 1,950 m² (21,000 ft²). Two container yards are available, one of 9,290 m² (100,000 ft²) and of 5,850 m² (63,000 ft²)

 

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

0

N/A

Refrigerated Cargo

1

72 Containers

General Cargo

1

 

 

Stevedoring

Port services provided by the Port of Belize Limited include the following:  

-       24-hour Port Operation

-       Pilotage

-       Heavy Lift (crane)

-       Storage

-       Loading and Unloading

-       Stripping of Containers

-       Re-stuffing of Containers

-       24 Reefer Plugs for Reefer Container

-       Warehouse for Cargo Consolidation

-       Receiving and Delivery of Cargo/Containers

-       Rental of Property (24-hour security)

Hinterland Information

Containers can be loaded on trucks chassis/flatbeds by container handles/crane to move cargo along the Belize road network.

Port Security

The port operates under ISPS level 1. Most of the port areas are kept under 24-hour surveillance by cameras. Additionally, all port facilities are watched by security guards.

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes (Belize Coast Guard)

Fire Engines

Yes

 

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