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Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information for Nicaragua ports

Port Overview

Arlen Siu Port is located in the municipality of El Rama, Autonomous Region Southern Caribbean Nicaragua, 293 km from Managua. The road to get to this port is fully paved and is safe and allows the movement of all types of light vehicle and cargo. Operates as an international terminal, receiving ships from the United States of America and other foreign countries. It has a single entry point for interagency coordination, expediting transactions and banking services.

Type of cargo handled:

Overall, fractional or unitilizada load, plus 20- and 40-foot vehicles and light and heavy machinery, liquid and refrigerated cargo; national cabotage destinations Bluefields Bluff, Corn Islan, Puerto Cabeza, Kukra Hill and Laguna de Perlas.

Port Location and contacts


Department / Area

Autonomous Region of the Southern Caribbean


El Rama

Full name of the port

Arlen Siu





Management Company or the Port Authority (If more than one operator, break area of operation)

National Ports



Nearest Airport and frequent Airlines to / from international destinations

Bluefields Airport

Airlines: La Costena

Port Contacts

4.2.4 Nicaragua Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Basic procedures of the port authority and Arlen Siu EMSEPORSA. (Company of port services)

International cargo handling is handled in two phases.

Phase 1: 

  • Pursuant to the rules and rates of APAS, any shipping line will be represented at the port by a shipping agency who performs all pre-ship care administrative proceedings, this is described as follows:
  • Formally Announce the port authority vessel arrival 72 hours in advance and confirmed 24 hours before (art. 10)
  • Give 72 hours notice and 24 hours minimum the following documentation.
      • Copy stowage plan or flat fee.
      • Game competo import cargo manifest.
      • Bill of landing.
      • List of import and export cargo.
      • Copy of certificate of compliance with the ISPS Code (ISPS)
      • List of the last 10 ports where the ship has made stops.
      • Crew list.
      • Negative list
  • Make initial deposit 24 hours in advance to the attention of the ship according to the amount arising from the required proforma (Art.16)
  • Upon arrival of the vessel in the formal visit of the authorities, the shipping agent must submit:
      • Memorandum Travel
      • Passenger List (handy, custody, DGA, naval custody, shipping agent).

Activities during the unload and load the ship operate cranes.

There rigging equipment and ensures merchandise for download and / or upload.

Operates FANTUZZY charger for receipt and delivery of containers in yard. Opera transport equipment loading dock to the yard and warehouse and vice versa (tractors, forklifts, trucks). Besides containers, reception in storage areas loose goods, vehicles, machinery, other.

Finished ship operations the shipping agent must give the office visit, the following documents: Manifest export cargo, exit permit, passenger list, crew list to check for any changes.

Phase 2.

Putting the burden on storage yards and warehouses, treating this is as follows:

The client is represented by a customs manager who must present the documents of the goods, first to the DGA to indicate the release process or nationalization of the load.

Once the DGA issuing the order, the customer or customs manager at EPN is presented for payment.

Port facilities

It has two docks, one floating (metal barge) of 93 m long x 24 m wide; the second spring, multi-purpose, with a length of 105 m long x 35 m wide, with a draft of both 5.5 m and capable of handling all types of cargo. They can berth vessels up to 104 Mt. long, 16 Mt. sleeve 5 Mt. draft, capacity of 2.500 to 3.500 MT. containers with a capacity of up to 300 TEU.

The port area has three access gates numbered from south to north, which have a certain use in the following manner:

  • Located at the end of the Port, is used for entry and exit of personnel and vehicles with civilian maintenance supplies spare parts.
  • It is the main output of trucks with goods of national coastal and Exim. For him entering and leaving users, workers Stevedoring Company and the Port.
  • Used for entry of vehicles and trucks with goods cabotage National export and import.
  • The land access to the port is via a cobbled street one lane, which is connected to the national road network of roads and highways, which is currently in full reconstruction companies specializing in road walkable to the capital Managua this being the only port that ends after navigating the road to sea   


Is it possible for a natural canal 90km starts at bar Port The Bluff, continues in the internal channels of access in the bay of Bluefields, follows the Escondido River to Puerto Arlen Siu, in a time of six hours navigation.

General Cargo Handling Berths



Conventional ships Stay            US $ 0.28 Mts.Esl. Time
Stay Ro-Ro Ship  US $ 0.40 Mts. Esl. Time
Stay Lo-Ro Ship US $ 0.33 Mts. Esl. Time
Tie and Untie    US $0.04 each TRB
General Import Cargo.   US $4.50 each T/M or Vol.
General Cargo Exports.    US $3.95 each T/M or Vol.
Dangerous Cargo Import US $11.00 T/M or Vol.
Dangerous Cargo Export   US $9.80 T/M or Vol.
International Fuel Trip (tanker)US $2.25 TM.
Filled with 20 feet     US $56.00 each.
Filled with 40 feet   US $66.00 each.
Gaps 20 and 40 feet US $40.00 each.
Light Vehicles.  US $40.00 per Unit
Heavy Vehicles.   US $70.00 per Unit
Light Vehicles (Ro-Ro).    US $25.00 per Unit
Heavy Vehicles (Ro-Ro).  US $35.00 per Unit
General load wharfage 
General Import Cargo.  US $0.60 T/M o M3.
General Export Cargo.  US $0.40 T/M o M3.
General Freight and Cargo Import Cont 10 day grace US $ 0.80 T / M vol.
General Cargo and Freight Cont. Export. 15 day grace US $ 0.50 T / M vol.
Empty Containers same period US $ 5.00 per container
Withdrawal of General Cargo and Containers outside trading hoursUS $ 15.00 hour or fraction.
Rates EMSERPORSA: Download or upload directly. 
Container 1 x 40 full-US 30.00
Container 1 x 20 full US. 20.00
Container 20 or 40 emptyUS. 20.00
Heavy Vehicle US 40.00
US light vehicle. US. 20.00
General cargo machine and / or heavy equipment US 3.00

Port Handling Equipment


Total amount available / capacity

Equipment izages


Fixed boom cranes

2 of 70 ton

Front Loader


Reach 7 T


Reach 12 T


Reach 25 T


Agricultural tractors.




20ft wagon.


40ft wagon


45ft wagon


40ft flat wagon


Water cistern 3000 gallons


Mobile fuel tank 1000 gallons


Fixed fuel tank 10000 gln


Electronic truck scale with capacity of 100 Ton


Refrigerated containers - seasonal

2 of 20 ft

With power supply plant for emergencies only.

Services: Pilotage, docking and undocking, lodging, storage, wharfage, handling equipment rental, rental gear, scale services, cooling system with 20 reefer sockets.

Fresh Water: Coordinates with the drinking water of the state utility, ENACAL

Tugs: Coordinates with the Port's Bluff when this service is required. 

Customs Guidance

1.3 Nicaragua Customs Information

Terminal Information

Main Storage Terminal

In the harbor there are two wineries Transit 1200 TM and 2200 TM metal roofed structure, zinc-coated galvanized sheets and walls, concrete floor, suitable for storage of all types of goods.

Scale with 100 tons capacity.

20 outlet for refrigerated containers.

Parking Area

The port also has paved outdoor spaces for storing light and heavy vehicles of 8000 m2.

This port has a particular characteristic and the load that moves internationally is solid, not counting fuel storage tanks or pipeline inside.

Mobilizes commercial transaction LPG nationwide, meaning a sinister threats and other incidents that could occur in the electrical system or infrastructure failures in vehicles that could generate an emergency of this nature.

Emergency Prevention System

To prevent and counteract this type of incident it has a fire brigade composed of the same port company workers who possess basic conditions suffocation prevention techniques and fire.

The brigade includes the seven people who have to work to prevent 25 extinguishers, 3 and 6 water pumps hoses.

Port Security

Certified as a "safe harbor" in compliance with the safety standards required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through code Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS).

In the current port security system play a crucial role operations chief and head of security, who coordinate with other institutions involved in order to ensure the safety and security of port facilities. The port authority has two plans developed and designed to ensure the safety of these being the first port aimed at fire prevention, evacuation and first aid.



ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)



Current ISPS Nivel actual

Level 1

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional


Level 1



Level 1