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Port Overview

 

Dominica’s Port of Woodbridge Bay requires heavy reinvestment in infrastructure. The main pier, constructed in 1976, is supported over water using iron tube pilings that now show advanced rust and other damage from wear and tear, and hurricanes. It does not feature onshore cranes, and only ships with their own cranes (“geared” vessels) can call on these ports. Ship owners prefer using shore cranes over vessel cranes, since the number of containers that can be loaded and unloaded per hour is much higher using onshore cranes, and fewer crew gang members are needed. 

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

 

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Dominica

Province or District

Saint George

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Roseau

2 km

Port's Complete Name

Woodbridge Bay

Latitude

15.31666667

Longitude

61.38861111

Managing Company or Port Authority

Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA)

Management Contact Person

Mr. Benoit Bardouille

+1 767 448 4009 / +1 767 235 4009

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Canefield Airport (Distance 3.6 Km from Roseau). 

Douglas–Charles Airport (Main), formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, is an airport located on the northeast coast of Dominica (Distance 44.2 km from Roseau).


 

Port Picture


Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) 

DASPA is a public authority under the Ministry of Public Works and Ports. The CEO of the port is appointed by the Minister. All decisions by the board of DASPA require approval of the Minister. After board approval, decisions must be approved by the Minister. DASPA Authority was established by Act No.8 of 2006. It is a merger of the air and sea port services. DASPA oversees the port in Portsmouth, the cruise terminal, the ferry terminal and the port terminal in Roseau. There is no private sector involvement in the port operations. 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:  4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List

Port Performance

The Port of Woodbridge Bay faces several bottlenecks due to limited storage capacity and heavy handling equipment. The lack of mobile harbour cranes makes the berth productivity susceptible to wave conditions. With higher waves, the vessel move more, making loading/unloading with board cranes even more difficult.   

Dominica employs the Free-Alongside-System, which implies that any additional costs because of slow seaside operations are charged to consignees, not the shipping lines. The liners calling Dominica are Tropical Shipping, CMA CGM, King Ocean, and Geest Line.

 

SEASONAL CONSTRAINTS

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

No

N/A

Major Import Campaigns

No

N/A

Other Comments

 

HANDLING FIGURES for 2017

Vessel Calls

1000

Container Traffic (TEUs)

15000

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)

N/A

Break bulk (MT)

300000 (estimated)

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

In 2007 Dominica introduced the so-called FAS system and proceeded with workforce reforms to increase port performance. The FAS principle establishes a flat box rate per container; the shipping lines only incur charges related to ship handling, and the consignees assume all charges related to cargo handling.

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

Port FSA Rates

Port Charges


 

20’ container

(usd)

40’ container

(usd)

Transhipment

(usd)

General Cargo (usd/tonne)

Tariff

412

924

69

89


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

2

200

11

Maximum length vessels: 200 m

Container Berth

2

200

11

Maximum length vessels: 200 m

Silo Berth

None

  

 

Berthing Tugs

None

  

Open roadstead

Water Barges

None

  

Open roadstead



General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

1st /2nd Berth

Exports - Bagged Cargo

1st /2nd Berth

Imports and Exports - RoRo

1st /2nd Berth

Other Imports

N/A

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately?  DASPA manages the assets, equipment, resources, and functions of the port.

 

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity

Capacity Available

Comments

Dockside Crane

No

  

Container Gantries

No

  

Mobile Cranes

Yes

3

Lorain Crane – 10 tons, American Crane – 35 tons, Grove Crane – 30 tons

Reach stacker

Yes

3

(2) Taylors, (1) Fantuzzi

all capable of lifting 40 tons

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Yes

3

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

  

Transtainer

No

  

Forklifts

Yes

11

(3-12 MT)

Mobile Lights

Yes

9

(3) Solar lights (6) diesel operated

 

Additional equipment

Equipment

Total Quantity

Capacity Available

Comments

Diesel Tanker

1

7400 Gals

Underground Gasoline Tank

1

1000 Gals

LPG Tank (to be installed)

1

350 Gals

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

43000 m2

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes

Yes

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Other Capacity Details

Terminal can store 1500 TEUs

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

140

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

12

Emergency Take-off Capacity

Unknown

Unknown

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

Unknown

Unknown


Customs Guidance 

The Customs and Excise Division of the Ministry of Finance is responsible for the control and the management of the customs clearance of goods. Once the declaration is assessed, the importer may pay the fees at any authorized Customs office. With the introduction of the prepayment account facility in December 2011, assessment and payment may be done simultaneously, and there may be no need to go to a Customs cashier. An examining officer then assesses the risk and assigns the goods to one of the selectivity lanes. Goods assigned to the Blue/Green Lane can be released without further check. Goods in the Yellow Lane are subject only to a documentary examination. In the Red Lane, a physical examination is executed in addition to the documentary check. The importer is notified when goods are ready for release, or if any further documents are required. There is a customs office based at the port. Customs and goods clearance normally take 48 hours.

 

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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The wharf at Woodbridge Bay is multipurpose. All types of general cargo can be handled at the port as: general merchandise, electrical equipment, steel, cement, fertilizers, logs, sawn timber, containers, heavy lifts, refrigerated goods. Break Bulk Cargo - Rice, wheat, maize, coal, gypsum, clinker, fertilizer, chemical products, vegetable oils, etc. There is no equipment and facilities for Bulk Cargo.

Grain and Bulk Handling 

Break bulk cargo is discharged by using vessel cranes. DASPA conducts all loading/unloading and handling operations. There are no bulk handling equipment and facilities in Dominica. 

Main Storage Terminal 

The port of Woodbridge Bay has a storage capacity of around 1.500 TEU

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

 

Area (m2)

General Cargo

5

Shed 1 (408 m2), Shed 2 (265 m2), Shed 3 (960 m2), Shed 4 (current 1000m2, to be increased capacity), Shed 5 (330 m2).  Total roof covered area 2963 m2

Refrigerated Cargo

12 refeer stations

 

N/A


 

Stevedoring 

DASPA conducts all loading/unloading and handling of containers and bulk break good including container storage and delivery to customers. 

Hinterland Information

Containers are loaded on trucks chassis/flatbeds by container reach stackers in order to move them out. There is a lack of side loader trucks in the island which implies a reduction of efficiency for the port.


Port Security 

The Port of Woodbridge Bay counts with security personnel 24 hours, security cameras are being installed as they were damaged after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Perimeter fences and security cameras need to be fixed and nstalled. General public needs to be provided with security helmets and vest in order to enter to port facilities.  

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

1

Police Boats

Yes,

Coast Guard Base

next to the port

Fire Engines

No

 

 

 

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