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
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
DISTANCE 0 (km)
Port's Complete Name
Kingston Wharves Terminal
Managing Company or Port Authority
PORT AUTHORITY OF JAMAICA
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NMIA)
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
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.
Major Import Campaigns
Caribbean hurricane season (June - November)
Handling Figures for 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: http://kingstonwharves.com.jm/charges/
Type of Berth
Berths 1 – 7: 23 metres
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
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
59,000 motor moves
1.7 million mt for domestic tonnage
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is managed by the government.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Elevator and conveyor belt
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
1 Empty container handlers
15 Bomb Carts
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
At 440 Volts
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
For information and guidance on customs at Kingston Wharves Ltd, please see the following links:
For more information on customs in Jamaica, please see the following links: 1.3 Jamaica Customs Information
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.
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.
Current ISPS Level