Puerto Castilla is operating since 1984 at the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The jetty is situated in the large Trujillo Bay and its position on the southern shore of a peninsula provides excellent natural protection from swell. The port is administered by the national port authority of Honduras, Empresa Nacional Portuaria, and operated by private port operators. Main activities are export of fruit in reefer containers and of palm oil which is pumped from tanks into liquid bulk vessels. Vessels use their own gear for loading and discharging containers, no tugs are available - which will at least complicate berthing during strong northerly winds.
To a large scale relief operation the port offers ample operational and storage place – paved und unpaved areas as well as warehouse space, an 800 m long airstrip within port perimeter (currently out of use), helipads and further open storage area at the adjacent navy base, large reserve of drinking water, secured power supply and a motivated administration. Machinery can be unloaded using a provisional heavy duty ramp 50 m west of the jetty. The port shows a good overall maintenance standard, e.g. illumination is fully functional, operational areas are mostly free of junk.
Once the state of emergency is declared, the port authority can commandeer any asset of the private operators to facilitate relief operations.
Port website: http://www.enp.hn/web/puerto-castilla.html
No key port information is supplied by maritime internet sources.
PORT LOCATION & CONTACT
Province or District:
Town or City:
(Nearest location with distance from port)
at 17 km distance
Port's Complete Name:
Puerto de Castilla
N 16° 00´ 18”
W 085° 58´ 12”
Empresa Nacional Portuaria
Contact Person, Port Authority:
Luis Manuel Lopez, Superintend of the Port, Empresa Nacional de Puertos
+504 2429 8011
(If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Fruit Export: Standard Fruit de Honduras (Dole)
Liquid Bulk Export: Agropalma, Exportadores Del Atlantico
Contact Person(s), Port Operators
see contact list 4.4
La Ceiba Airport
Trujillo airport at Jerico, at 16 km distance, runway 1.1 km long
Military, other Runways:
Runway within port perimeter, 0.8 km long
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Standard Fruit De Honduras (Dole) manages the container yard. Apart from reefer export, refrigerated food and miscellaneous containerized goods are imported. Standard Fruit operates with own personnel and equipment.
Various shipping lines are connecting Puerto Castilla with other Central American ports as well as the US and Northern Europe.
Exportadora Atlantico and Agropalma handle palm oil export (liquid bulk).
Apart from the lack of shore cranes and judging by observed yard operations Puerto Castilla’s container handling is well organized. Containers are moved by reach stackers and trailers. During discharging operations external tractor/trailer units are employed to utilize a total of 16 units.
Vessels berth generally on arrival.
Yes / No
From <month> to <month>
May – Oct., impact on discharge operation caused by the accompanying strong winds
Major Import Campaigns
Other INSERT OTHER CONSTRAINT(S) IF REQUIRED
June to Nov., hurricane season, main hurricane season starting September
HANDLING FIGURES 2015
Container Traffic: (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
no solid buld handled
Break bulk (MT)
no break bulk handled
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Cargo handling is charged by terminal operators. ENP is charging for berthing (e.g. $0.20/ton for vessels up to 8.000 tons) and storage (e.g. $10.00/TEU/day). A copy of the current tariff is available from ENP
Type of Berth
According to port management, other sources describe max. draft as 10.9 m
drinking water available at the berths through pipes
A small RoRo-berth for the transfer of heavy machinery off and onto barges is situated 50 west of the main berth.
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately?
Most of the port equipment is owned and operated by private companies.
(Yes / No)
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
owned and operated by Standard Fruit
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
4 operated by ENP (3 operational), 5 operated by Standard Fruit,
additional tugmasters are rented for each vessel operation to have a total of 16 tugmasters available
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
operated by ENP
The container yard is primarily designed for reefer containers. ENP uses a small section of the large warehouse to strip containers and for custom’s control procedures. Standard Fruit operates another container freight station. Additional storage space is available through dedication of paved surfaces.
3 fixed power stations and 2 mobile units run by United Fruit, 2 mobile units run by ENP generate electric power.
Container Facilities Available
43.000 m², 20.000 m² paved surface
Container Freight Station (CFS)
12 loading gates (Standard Fruit) plus 30 m wide entrance to main warehouse
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)
discharging rate depends on capacity of vessel’s gear
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)
700 reefer plugs
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)
discharging rate depends on capacity of vessel’s gear
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)
given by ENP as 80 Cont. working with 2 ship cranes
According ENP and custom officials it takes 2 to 3 days to clear import cargo if proper documentation is provided. Office hours Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 16:00 hrs, Friday 09:00 to 15:00 hrs.
General cargo would be handled at the main jetty, loading with vessels gear directly onto trucks. A provisional, but heavy duty RoRo-ramp is located 50 west of the main jetty. The centre of the main jetty is adjusted to allow for vessels ramps.
Grain and Bulk Handling
No dedicated facilities.
Main Storage Terminal
The main warehouse is only used on a fraction of its size for container inspection and as container freight station.
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
in reefer containers
see bagged cargo
Stevedoring handled by the port operators. ENP is providing pilot, mooring, tallying and security services.
Sup-optimal road conditions from P. Castilla to La Ceiba (paved road with potholes), transit time 3.5 hrs, to Tegucigalpa additional 6 hrs.
Alternative road to Tegucigalpa under construction (Corredor Agricola via Bonito Oriental). After completion transit time to Tegucigalpa was estimated to be approx. 4 hrs..
The region is a mayor producer of fruit and agriculture products destined for exportation.
As the port serves also as access to the navy base, security is relatively tight.
(Yes / No)
Current ISPS Level
Level 1 = Normal
1 patrol boat