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Port Overview

Jamaica’s strategic location in the Caribbean West Indies, and the fact that it is situated on a natural harbour, makes this terminal’s core business container transhipment.  It is considered the main gateway for containerized cargo.

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), a subsidiary of CMA CGM, is responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of the Kingston Container Terminal, through a 30-year concession arrangement between the Government of Jamaica and CMA CGM which commenced on 1st July 2016.

The terminal seeks to capitalize on the many opportunities available, particularly those afforded by its ideal location, 32 nautical miles off the main trade route coming out of the Panama Canal. With the growing demand for a transhipment hub capable of servicing the larger vessels to be accommodated by the newly expanded canal, KFTL’s place in the market will be solidified with the current improvements to its infrastructure. These improvements include the widening and deepening of the Kingston Harbour access channel, the turning circle and the terminal basin, to accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 15.5 meters. Additionally, the improvements will facilitate the strengthening of the quay wall, thereby allowing the quay to accommodate the larger and heavier ship-to-shore cranes to serve these larger mother vessels.

Shipping lines connecting at KFTL will benefit from increased capability, to take advantage of easy and convenient access to markets in Europe, Asia and America, thus providing a more diverse product to their customers.

90% of the cargo that arrives through this terminal is considered for transhipment and 10% considered as domestic.

Port website: http://www.kftl-jm.com/

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


Port Location and Contact

Country

JAMAICA

Province or District

KINGSTON

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

KINGSTON

3.3 km

Port's Complete Name

KINGSTON FREEPORT TERMINAL LIMITED

Latitude

1759.0N

Longitude

7650.0W

Managing Company or Port Authority

KINGSTON FREEPORT TERMINAL LIMITED

Management Contact Person

DWANE FORRESTER

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DELTA, JETBLUE, CARRIBEAN AIRLINES, AMERICAN AIRLINES, SPRINT AIRLINES, FLY JAMAICA, AIR CANADA, COPA, UNITED, BRITISH AIRWAYS, CAYMAN AIRWAYS

Port Picture

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, (the area bordered in yellow), consists of three terminals: the North, South and West Terminals.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

  • Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) who are the landlords of the terminal. Tel: 922-0290.
  • Jamaica Customs Agency which conducts the processing of all import/export/transhipment cargo and the examination and release of domestic cargo. Tel: 922-5140.
  • Immigration Department which verifies the status of crew and grants access to the island Tel: 469-1605.

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

Port Performance

Since July 2016, KFTL has taken many significant steps to increase the availability of equipment and improve the efficiency of its internal operations. This has contributed to a significant increase in berth productivity and a decrease in average truck turn-around time, to below 30 minutes.

Efficiency is expected to further increase with the deepening of the channel and turning basin. The current draft of 13.5m is expected within the first phase of upgrades to increase to 14.7m to accommodate 14,000 TEU vessels. This will enable the port to accommodate vessels of up 14,000 TEUs. The second phase involves dredging to a depth that will accommodate vessels of 15.5m draft which will enable the port to accommodate fully laden 14,000 TEU vessels.

Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

N/A

N/A

Major Import Campaigns

N/A

N/A

Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls

1,514

Container Traffic (TEUs)

1,343,291

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016

Bulk (mt)


Break bulk (mt)

50 units

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges (Public Tariffs)

Stevedoring Charges

20ft

40ft

DOMESTIC HANDLING

US$     

US$     

Discharge or loading of domestic full containers

240.00

240.00

Discharge or loading of domestic empty containers

240.00

240.00

Discharge or loading of domestic OOG containers - A

360.00

360.00

Discharge or loading of domestic OOG containers - B

455.00

455.00

TRANSHIPMENT HANDLING

US$

US$

Discharge or loading of transhipment full containers

90.00

90.00

Discharge or loading of transhipment empty containers

90.00

90.00

Discharge or loading of transhipment OOG containers - A

135.00

135.00

Discharge or loading of transhipment OOG containers - B

300.00

300.00

Discharge or loading of hatch covers             

270.00

270.00

RESTOW HANDLING

90.00

90.00

Note: The discharge/load charges include a single cycle movement from ship to stack for the discharge cycle and from stack to ship on the load cycle.

Any additional crane lift required by the line must be made formally in writing and such movements are chargeable as per above rates.

SHIFTING CONTAINERS

US$

US$

At Line/Agent request on terminal – full or empty

45.00   

45.00   

At Line/Agent request off terminal – full or empty

45.00   

45.00   

Handling of empty containers for export collections    

45.00   

45.00   

REEFER CHARGES – ELECTRICITY PLUG & USAGE

The use of the terminal’s reefer plugs/electrical outlets will attract a charge for electricity usage.

The charge is applied per day or parts thereof, per unit, commencing on the day of discharge (all days of the week included), and the day commences at 07:00 hours.


PER CONTAINER US$

Local cargo (Consignee account) per day

60.00

Transshipment cargo (Line account) per day

50.00

Pre-Trip inspection (PTI)           

50.00

Fuel/Electricity Surcharge per day per unit

***

Note: These charges are in addition to the appropriate container handling charge and storage. Work orders must be completed for any request for movement of reefer cargo, and will be carried out as per such request at additional costs (see rate for shifting).

STRIPPING/STUFFING

a. Stripping means unloading cargo from a container

b. Stuffing means loading cargo into a container

c. The act of stripping or stuffing includes checking, removing/attaching relevant seals and labels and the usage of specified labour and equipment (securing material to be supplied by the shipping company).           


PER TEU/FEU/HC (US$)

Stripping / Stuffing (TEU)

385.00 

620.00 (HC)

Stripping / Stuffing (FEU)

650.00 

750.00 (HC)

Stripping / Stuffing > FEU

720.00 

850.00 (HC)

Reconsolidation of cargo (TEU)

630.00 

1000.00 (HC)

Reconsolidation of cargo (FEU)

1075.00

1250.00 (HC)

Reconsolidation of cargo > FEU

1150.00

1285.00 (HC)


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

N/A




Container Berth

3

2,400m

13.5m


Silo Berth

N/A




Berthing Tugs

N/A




Water Barges

N/A





Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is owned and operated by KFTL.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No



Container Gantries

Yes

14


Mobile Cranes

No



Reachstacker

Yes

2


RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No



Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No



Transtainer

No



Forklifts

Yes

8


Container Facilities


Containers are stored in the container yard which is approximately 100 hectares in size. Refrigerated containers are stored in one of the two reefer areas on the terminal, and non-refrigerated units (dry vans) are stored in areas dependent on whether they are for transhipment or the domestic market.


Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

909,397.5 m2


Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/A


Refrigerated Container Stations

26,151 m2


Other Capacity Details

   N/A


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)



Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

744


Emergency Take-off Capacity

N/A


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

Customs officers are stationed at the port and their main function is to protect government revenue and facilitate border control.

Processing of documents is immediate, providing that all required documentation is received. In an effort to achieve optimum efficiency in the clearance process it is recommended that importers provide timely and accurate information relating to movement of goods.

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

Terminal Information

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

N/A


Refrigerated Cargo

2

26,151

General Cargo

N/A


Stevedoring

KFTL performs all stevedoring activities which consist of the loading and unloading of ships and the performance of various tasks required when the vessel is in port, including lashing and unlashing of cargo.

Hinterland Information

Goods are transported out of the port by trucks. Most trucking companies are members of the Port Trailer Haulage Association (PTHA) and all trucking companies operating at the port must be registered with the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ). There are also vessels that depart Kingston and travel coastwise to the north (Montego Bay) that transport cargo to that region of the island.

Contact numbers: PTHA (876) 757-8717; SAJ (876) 923-3491.

Port Security

KFTL operates a hybrid security system consisting of a proprietary security team which works with various arms of local and international law enforcement, as well as private contractors.

There is a strong safety culture in which persons working on the facility are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times (safety vests, gloves, goggles, safety shoes, etc.). There is constant training and a safety induction system for both staff and contractors/visitors to the terminal.

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

1

Police Boats

Yes (Marine Police)

Fire Engines

Yes (York Park Fire Station)

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