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Port Overview

Port of Acajutla is a modern industrial Pacific Ocean port located in the the municipal of Acajutla in the Department of Sonsonate, southwest of El Salvador, 85 km from the capital San Salvador. Acajutla has 3 piers with 8 total docs, with offshore, privately owned, moorings available.  The port tends to service an average of 49 ships per month, carrying containers, general cargo ships and fuel which are attended to at an offshore terminal.  Adverse weather conditions, strong ocean currents, affect the port from April to June sometimes requiring ships to leave their berths. This phenomenon mainly affects QUAY B.

PORT’s LOCATION & CONTACTS

Country

El Salvador

Province and District

Sonsonate Department

Town or City (Closest)

Acajutla

Port Name

Acajutla

Latitude

 13º 43' 30'' N       

Longitude

 89º 50' 00´W

Company / Port Authority

Acajutla Port

Management contact and Position

Roberto Mendoza (Port Manager)

Management contact and Position


Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com/ports/topports.php

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

Port Picture

Port Performance

The port is equipped with a system of conveyer belts for handling bulk grain shipments; there is only one berth that can service ships with the conveyer belt system at one time. Vessels should have no more than 10m of bathymetry if the conveyer is desired/foreseen. No priority is given to humanitarian cargo by the port and ships are attended to on a first-come first-serve basis. Storage capacity are as follows, Pier “A”, one covered warehouse 4,500 m², on land 4 covered facilities totaling 22,600 m². The conveyer belt system is run by two private companies, ALCASA and ALMAPAC. Bulk cargo is automatically transferred to their silos when the conveyer system is utilised.  The silos at ALCASA have capacities of 143,000 mt, 47,000 mt in silos and 96,000 mt of storage is available in horizontal warehouses. ALCASA has the capacity to bag and dispatch 500 mt of product per day. ALMAPAC has a capacity of 120,000 mt in horizontal warehouses and 16,000 mt in silos. Bagging charge for ALMAPAC is US $2.60 / MT.

PERFORMANCE FOR 1ST QUARTER (2019)

Vessels calls

N/A

Container traffic (TEUs)

62,429

Total cargo handling (m. tons)

512,560.88

Total annual capacity of the port

The port has a capacity to service 8 vessels simultaneously and can store 3,400 containers.

CAPACITY for 1ST QUARTER (2019):

Bulk

Container

Conventional

MT / 1 QTER

TEU’s / 1QTER

MT / 1 QTER

Export activity of the Port

262,007.02

31,731

130.32

Import activity of the port

540,751.73

30,698

122,743.35

Discharge Rates

Link to relevant tariff/rates web page: http://www.puertoacajutla.gob.sv/regimen.php

Pilotage fees

Link to relevant website (e.g. for updates): http://www.puertoacajutla.gob.sv/regimen.php.sectionVI

Tug Services

Link to relevant website (e.g. for updates): http://www.puertoacajutla.gob.sv/regimen.php


Mooring Services

Mooring Service (Rate per operation)

Charge (indicate currency)

Mooring, un-mooring or other similar service

Mooring service US $9/MT and the use of mooring US $105.00/calibrate/day or fraction


Port and harbour dues

Vessel Description (rate = 100 GRT or part thereof

Charge (indicate currency)

All vessels other than those exempted

US $0.31/GRT; Minimum to be charged US $195.50


Dockage, Buoy age and anchorage

Vessel Description (Rates = per meter/per hour)

Charge (indicate currency)

Vessels at piers, wharves or jetties

For each meter length per day or fraction US $2.92; Minimum charged US $148.75 /day or fraction

Vessels at buoys or Ro-Ro vessels berthed stern to quay

N/A

Vessels at anchorage; except at Port Convenience

N/A


Supply of Fresh water

Vessel Description (Rates = per ton)

Charge (indicate currency)

Via shore hydrants

US $1.64/MT

In stream (including towage of Barge)

N/A


Laying up of vessels

Vessel Description (Rates = per ton)

Charge (indicate currency)

Via shore hydrants

N/A

In stream (including towage of Barge)

N/A


Charges for general services - Hire of labour and equipment

Service (Per hour of part thereof)

Charge 

Floating Crane, incl. of minimum crew and exclusive of towage

N/A

Mobile Crane more than 35 tons inclusive of driver Pier B

US$/hour or fraction US $136.81

Load/unload unit Pier B

US$/hour or fraction US $222.07

VIP launch inclusive of crew

N/A

Pilot boat inclusive of crew

US $98.42/vessel

Fire appliance inclusive of minimum crew

N/A

Tipper truck or flatbed lorry inclusive of driver

Head terminal US $44.22/hour or fraction; Platform US$17.98/hour or fraction.

Forklift or Tractor more than 5 tons inclusive of driver

Up to 6,000 pounds US$/hour or fraction US $31.24.

Forklift or Tractor less than 5 tons or equal of inclusive of driver

More than 6000 pounds US $26.75.

Van, Pick-up or Saloon Car inclusive of driver

With capacity up to 30TM US$/hour or fraction US $4.62; with capacity more than 30TM US $9.98/hour or fraction

Management or supervisory staff

This service is included in the previous specified fee

Skilled staff: e.g. Crane or Forklift Driver, Artisan, Firemen or Clerk

Included  in the equipment renting fee

Semi-skilled staff: e.g. Laborer, Watchman

Included in the equipment renting fee

Berthing equipment specifications

PORT SPECIFICATIONS

TOTAL BERTHS:

Quantity

Length (m)

Draft (m)







Conventional Berths







8




Pier A: Front Berthing 321 m


Pier B: Front Berthing   North side: 348m, South side: 318m


Pier C: For Multipurpose, Front Berthing 280m

Pier A-1: FWD 8.84 m

               AFT 10.30 m

Pier A-2: FWD 10.30m

              AFT 11.00 m

Pier B-3: FWD 8.23 m

               AFT 10.70m

Pier B-4: FWD 10.70m

               AFT 11.5m

Pier B-5: FWD 7.01m

               AFT 9.2m

Pier B-6: FWD 9.2m

               AFT 9.5m

Pier C-7: WFD 11.89m

               AFT 12.5m

Pier C-8: WFD 10.5m

               AFT 14.39m

The above measures are taken during low tide.

Container Berths

There is no specific container berth



Bulk Oil Jetties

N/A

215

15

Cased Oil Jetties

N/A

n/a

n/a

Bulk Cement Berths

N/A

N/a

n/a

Lighter age & Dhow (other) Wharves

3

n/a

n/a

Explosives Jetty

N/A

n/a

n/a

Berthing Tugs & Mooring Boats

4



Pilot Boats

2



Water Barges

N/A



Police Boats

2



Anti-pollution Boats

N/A



Speed Boats

N/A




General services

Service (Per day of part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

Bagging plant operators, per unit of plant

Not available in port but services can be provided by a private company

Vacuvators, per unit of plant

N/A

Bunker Supplier

N/A

Bunkering Agent

US $500 - per ship

Barge operator, per barge

N/A

Fresh Water suppliers (road tankers)

US $1.32/MT

Ship Contractors

N/A

Ship Chandlers

N/A

Safety equipment supplier & service

N/A

Marine Contractors

N/A

Scrap Metal Dealers

N/A

Ship Watchmen Supplier

N/A

Marine Engineer

N/A

Marine Surveyor

US $1,500 - per day

Ship Surveyor

US $1,500 - per day

Cargo Surveyor

US $1,500 - per day

Sludge Collector

N/A

Small Boat Operator

N/A


Port cargo handling equipment

PORT CARGO EQUIPMENT (OPERATIONAL)

Appliance

Quantity

Capacity

Traveling cranes

No traveling cranes


Portal Electric cranes

No portal electric cranes


Electric overhead electric cranes

No electric overhead cranes


Gantry container cranes

1

430 MT conveyor belt system for bulk cargo, Pneumatic unloader for bulk cargo

Mobile Cranes

3

2 traveling cranes with a capacity of 25 MT and 35 MT

Freight Elevator

60

6,000 pound  to 5 MT capacity

Clamp Freight Elevator

3

8,000 pound capacity

Forklift Trucks

5

8,000 pound capacity

Forklift for Taylor containers

1


Tractors trucks and trailers

14


Tractor

16

10,000 pound capacity

Fire engines

1 only


Clamshell buckets

16


Metal Hopper

7


Container spreader

6


Front loading Units

10


Crawler Tractor

17


Straddle Carriers

5


Light Truck

43

30 MT to 50 MT

Tugs

6

1: 900HP, 1: 600HP, 2: 38.2 MT bp and 2: 250HP to carry pilot between wharf and vessel. Tugs are also used for mooring and unmooring vessels at buoys.

Band System connected to main plants, reception and export

1

500 MT/hr capacity

 

Container Facilities

With an area of 48,500m2 and with a capacity of 2,778 TEUS, stowed at three levels, and being able to attend simultaneously 160 cold containers.

CONTAINER FACILITIES

 

 

20 ft (TEUs)

40 ft (TEUs)

Container facilities

Yes

Yes

Daily off-take capacity (No of containers/hour)                    

25-30

There is no distinction

Container Freight Stations (CFS)

Yes

Yes

Number of CFS

1

1

Capacity of CFS        (No of containers/hour)

25 to 30

There is no distinction

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Number of Stations (connection points)

101

There is no distinction

Capacity area

48,000 m2 container yard with 2,514 TEU of storage capacity (three high) and 120 reefer plugs

General Cargo handling berths

General Cargo – Imports

Berths

Imports – Bagged Cargo

US$6.64/MT

Exports – Bagged Cargo

US$6.64/MT

Imports – Steel Goods

US$3.62/MT

Imports & Exports – Ro-Ro

US$11.98/MT

Imports – Vehicles

US$11.98/MT

Others Imports

Sugar in bags US$5.24 , Cement in bags US$9.24

Terminal Information

Oil Handling Terminal

The port of Acajutla is a multipurpose port, consisting of three quays called A, B and C, designed to accommodate vessels with average lengths of 150 meters. The loading or unloading of bulk liquid is carried out through pipes installed by different companies on the docks A and C. Likewise there are three private terminals handling liquid bulk outside the docks. The first terminal is owned by the company Refinery Port of Acajutla (RASA), the second one is owned by the Company CENERGICA. A third one is owned by ALBA Petroleum. CEPA has no storage tanks for liquid bulk, the goods move from Muller tanks owned by private enterprises or vice versa. When the ships arrive in port and conduct their operations on the docks, they are placed in positions of berthing previously allocated by CEPA, right on the sites where importing or exporting companies have installed their inlet pipes to conduct discharge from the docks to storage tanks or vice versa.

The main imported products are mobilised: Ethanol or alcohol, petrol and diesel; the main export products are: Ethanol Alcohol and molasses or cane.

Multipurpose terminal

Port Acajutla is a multipurpose port and there is not a specific multipurpose terminal.

Grain / Bulk handling

The discharge of solid bulk can be done in any of the quays of the Acajutla Port, in two ways:

  • Using Conventional Methods: The download is done using cranes of the ship. The product is moved from the holds of the ship to dump located on the docks, and after it is placed in transport units to be moved towards private storage companies outside the port or into cellars strains known as BIN (whose capacity Storage is 18,000 MT).
  • Using System High Performance: The download is done using a crane, which is connected to a conveyor system to move the product from the holds of the ship directly in the company’s storage, or by downloading from the cellars of the ship by conveyor belt and deposited in the transport units to be further moved to companies’ private storage outside the port or into cellars known as BIN.

The main bulk of solid imported are: corn, soy flour, wheat, rice, coal, urea fertilizer formulas, ammonium sulphate. The operations of all ships arriving at Port Companies are performed by six private contractors, who assign strains ships under a pre-established procedure.

A) Main Silo terminal: Warehouse for storing bulk solids for export fitted with 2,400 m2 with a capacity of 12,000 MT, it is equipped with a conveyor system for handling cargo. The warehouse for the storage of solid bulk import has an area of 2,500 m2 and a capacity of 18,000 MT, spread over 6 bins of 1,000 MT and another 6 of 2,000 MT each. The warehouse is equipped with a system of belts.

B) Main storage terminal: It has a roofed area of 26,300 m2 to store up to 113,900 MT of various products.

C) 48,000 m2 container yard with 2,514 TEU of storage capacity (three high) and 120 reefer plugs.

D) 35,000 m2 storage yard for up to 2,000 vehicles.

ALMAPAC (Almacenadora del Pacifico): Company specialised in the handling of food and industrial products, solid or liquid. It is located inside the port terminal.

Solid products:

  • 6 warehouse 210,000 MT
  • 4 metallic silos 10,000 MT
  • 6 concrete silos 6,000 MT

Liquid products:

  • 3 tanks for grease 2,200 MT
  • 6 tanks for molasses 52,000 MT

General:

  • 1 Warehouse general use:  3,000 MT

Container yard:

  • 1 Yard for repair/storage of empty containers           4,000 TEU

Bagging: US$ 2.60 / MT

Address:

Final zona industrial del Puerto de Acajutla, Departamento de Sonsonate.

Tel.: (503) 2445-8900

Fax: (503) 2445-8907

www.almapac.com

ALCASA (Almacenadora Centroamericana S.A. de C.V): This company provides a specializsd service in the handling and warehousing of cereals and grains in transit, as well as general products. They provide services of reception, bagging, warehousing and delivery. ALCASA has the capacity to bag and dispatch 500 MT of product per day.

  • 7 Automatic and non-automatic warehouses with a total capacity of 96,000 MT
  • 3 Concrete Silos with a capacity of 47,100 MT.
  • Conveyor belts connected to the port with a capacity of 500 MT/Hour.
  • 6 Hopper
  • 3 Electronic platform scales
  • 1 Weighbridge
  • Open area of 30,000 m2.

Address:

Planta ALCASA, Zona industrial Puerto de Acajutla, Sonsonate

Tel. 2429-7700

Fax: 2452-3131

http://www.alcasa.com.sv/

info@alcasa.com.sv

Stevedoring

CEPA outsourced the handling/stevedoring services to 3 different companies, counting on about 635 workers. Furthermore, CEPA has contracted 4 private companies for the management of about 195 staff for cleaning and maintenance.


Conventional cargo

Other Services

Charge (indicate currency)

Mail per bag, or ships stores per package

N/A

Returning empty bags

N/A

Repairs in the breakage room per package

N/A

Crated animals, per cubic meter of crate

Animals in foot US$ 3.53/unit

Animals handled by sling

Animals in foot US$ 3.53/unit

Animals walked on/off board

Animals in foot US$ 3.53/unit


Hatch and other than standard freight

Stevedoring – Large Packaged Articles

Charge (indicate currency)

From 14 DWT to 40 DWT

US$ 2.95/MT

Over 40 DWT

US$ 2.95/MT


Containerized cargo

Containerized Cargo Handling Charges

 

 

 

(TEUs)

 (FEUs)

Discharge, loading, shifting within the hold or shifting on deck without landing

US$ 13.97/container

US$13.97/container 20´

Containers handled via a conventional ship

US$36.93/container

US$ 36.93/container

Containers handled on a Ro-Ro basis

N/A

N/A

Empty containers

US$19.32/container

US$19.34/container 20´

Transshipment containers, overland containers, containers

shipped & re-landed or landed & re-shipped or shifted from hold to hold

US$26.44/MT

US$26.44/MT

Stripping or Stuffing of Containers

 

 

 

(TEUs)

 (FEUs)

Stripping or Stuffing

US$3.06/MT

US$3.06/MT

Stripping and re-stuffing transshipment cargo

US$3.06/MT

US$3.06/MT


Other container handling services

Other Container Handling Charges

 

 

 

(TEUs)

 (FEUs)

Cover or pontoons which can be lifted using a standard ISO twist lock spreader

N/A

N/A

Other cover or pontoon

N/A

N/A

Transfers to/from the Container Terminal

Assignable  to the consignee or shipper US$ 4.73/MT; assignable to the shipping firm US$ 10.87/MT

Assignable to the consignee or shipper US$ 4.73/MT; assignable to the shipping firm US$ 10.87/MT

Other transfers within the terminal are not charged

N/A

N/A

Handling of empty containers at ICD's

US $13.97/Cont

US $13.97/Cont

Reefer containers plugged onto reefer points

US $20.10

US $40.00

Storage of import empty containers from two days after arrival or empty export containers from date of loading

Daily cost US $1.20


Daily cost US $2.40

Storage of full import containers from date of arrival

Daily cost US $0.07 day 11th to 14th. After $ 0.23 P/MT

Daily cost (refrigerated)US$20.10

Daily cost US $2.40

Daily cost (refrigerated) US $30


Shore Handling - Conventional Cargo

Conventional Cargo (Rate per ton or part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

Direct discharge/loading of imports/exports

US $6.64/MT

Crude Petroleum Oil Imports

US $1.39 /MT

Other Liquid Bulk Imports

US $2.10 /MT/ by pipes, US $2.87/MT/by truck

Other Imports

N/A

Liquid Bulk Exports/Bunkering

N/A

Other Exports

N/A

Conventional Cargo (Rate per ton or part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

Import Cargo Handled at ICD's

US $13.97/cont

Export Cargo Handled at ICD's

US $13.97/cont.

Shut-out Cargo removed from the Port

N/A

Fumigation of Cargo

US $ 68.57/container  *

Palletizing/pre-slinging in the Port on request

N/A

Dangerous Cargo

N/A

Conventional Cargo (Rate per ton or part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

From 14 DWT to 40 DWT

US $11.91/MT

Over 40 DWT

US $11.91/MT

Hire of a gang

N/A


Shore handling - Containerized cargo

Shore Handling charges

 

 

 

(TEUs)

 (FEUs)

Import Containers

US $33.66/container

US $33.66/container

Export Containers

US $33.66/container

US $33.66/container

Stripping & re-stuffing for customs verification

US $13.97/container

US $13.97/container

Stripping & re-stuffing of un-nominated or shut-out export cargo

US $13.97/container

US $13.97/container

Stripping or re-stuffing of containers taken to Customs

Warehouse

N/A

N/A

Shore Handling charges

Charge (indicate currency)

Ten day removal charges, or transfer within the Port, or transfer to

Customs

US $13.97

Import Containers handled at the Inland Container Depots

N/A

Exports Containers handled at the Inland Container Depots

N/A

Domestic FCL Container Charges

 

 

 

(TEUs)

 (FEUs)

The first 5 days

US $0.07 p/TM

US $0.07 p/TM

From day 6th to 15th

US $0.23 p/TM

US $0.23 P/TM

16th  day thereafter

US $0.47 P/TM

US $0.47 P/TM

Clearing Agents

Company Name and address

Contact Names / Email

Tel / Fax

Website

Blue Logistics, Edif. 15 Norte, Parque de servicios Export Salva Km. 24 Carr. A Santa Ana, La Libertad

Name: Boris Leon

Email:info@bluelogistics.com.sv

Tel.(503) 2525 – 6800 / 2338 - 4425


www.bluelogistics.com.sv

Company Name and address

Contact Names / Email

Tel / Fax

Website

America Logistics Group /A.Bernal y Calle Sisimiles#592,Col Miramonte                                                                                                            

Email: info.sal@americalogisticsgroup.com

Tel:(503)2555 -2700

www.sistemasaereos.com

Port Security

SECURITY

ISPS Compliant

Yes

ISPS Level (current)

    2    

1=Normal; 2=Heightened; 3=Exceptional

Storage facilities

Port Storage

Total floor space - 119,000 m2

Quantity

 Floor area

Main Quay Transit Sheds

1

11,585 m2

Back of Port Transit Sheds

N/A

N/A

Lighterage Area Transit Sheds

N/A

N/A

Customs Warehouses

1

48,000 m2