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Port Overview

Kingston Wharves Limited is a multipurpose port terminal operator, connecting Jamaican importers and exporters to over 20 international ports in the Caribbean, Latin and North America. Strategically located at the Port of Kingston, the Kingston Wharves Terminal operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The port has existed since 1945, and following the 1995 expansion, Kingston Wharves Terminal now encompasses 1600 m of berthing space and 22 ha of open storage, with 30,000 m2 of covered warehousing and cold storage.

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), established by the government, manages the port.

Port website: http://kingstonwharves.com.jm/

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

DISTANCE 0 (km)

Port's Complete Name

Kingston Wharves Terminal

Latitude

17°58’W

Longitude

76°48’N

Managing Company or Port Authority

PORT AUTHORITY OF JAMAICA

Management Contact Person

VALRIE CAMPBELL

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NMIA)

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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

Port Performance

The side of Kingston Port operated by Kingston Wharves Limited is primarily used and recognized as a multipurpose terminal. It handles containers, RoRo, bulk cargo, general cargo, and additional commodities.

Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

N/A

N/A

Major Import Campaigns

N/A

N/A

Other Comments

Caribbean hurricane season (June - November)

Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)

230,971


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: http://kingstonwharves.com.jm/charges/

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

9

1,655

12.7

Berths 1 – 7: 23 metres
Berths 8 & 9: 25 metres

Container Berth





Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs





Water Barges






The total length of continuous quay measures 1,655m (5,430 ft).
Vessel Draft: 9m (29 ft) to 13m (42 ft).
On-Dock Open Storage: Approximately 242,000 sqm or 2,605,000 sq. ft. 
On-Dock Transhipment Car Park: 48,562 sqm or 522,720 sq. ft. 
On-Dock Warehouse Storage: 21,225 sqm or 228,000 sq. ft. 
Off-Dock Storage: 20,000 sqm or 215,000 sq. ft. 
Reefer Plugs: 176 at 44 Volts.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

N/A

Exports - Bagged Cargo

N/A

Imports and Exports - RoRo

59,000 motor moves

Other Imports

1.7 million mt for domestic tonnage

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is managed by the government.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No



Container Gantries

No



Mobile Cranes

Yes

6


Reachstacker

Yes

18


RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Yes

1


Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Yes


Elevator and conveyor belt

Transtainer

No



Forklifts

Yes



Container Facilities


Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations

176


Other Capacity Details

1 Empty container handlers 

14 Trucks

15 Bomb Carts

1 Toploader


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)



Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

172

At 440 Volts 

Emergency Take-off Capacity



Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

For information and guidance on customs at Kingston Wharves Ltd, please see the following links:

http://kwl.dmajm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/StepsToClearingCargo.jpg

http://kingstonwharves.com.jm/steps-to-clearing-cargo/

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

Terminal Information

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL

Kingston Wharves is the leading multipurpose port terminal and logistics provider adjacent to Jamaica’s capital city.  It operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.   

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING

The terminal has availability for 2 Silos with a capacity of 4,500 mt each.  They are connected through a conveyor belt and 2 grain elevators. Dispatch is done manually. There are hoppers and clam shells available at the terminal.

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL

Currently, Kingston Wharves Limited Terminal operates three multipurpose warehouses with a combined space of 165,000 sq. ft.

Port Security

Since its enactment in July 2004, Kingston Wharves Limited operates an international port facility with certification under the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. 

The terminal incorporates closely monitored electronic access controls, wide ranging closed-circuit video surveillance, modern radiation portal monitors and x-ray examinations through a number of Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems (VACIS) deployed at the facilities.

Security

ISPS Compliant

YES

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

Level 1

Police Boats

N/A

Fire Engines

YES

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