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Port Overview

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: 

No key port information is supplied by maritime internet sources. 





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”

 Port Authority:

Empresa Nacional Portuaria

Contact Person, Port Authority:

Luis Manuel Lopez, Superintend of the Port, Empresa Nacional de Puertos

+504 2429 8011

Port Operator(s)

(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

Nearest Airports


International (Airlines):

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


Port Picture

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).

Port Performance

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>

Rainy Season


May – Oct., impact on discharge operation caused by the accompanying strong winds

Major Import Campaigns





June to Nov., hurricane season, main hurricane season starting September


Vessel Calls:


Container Traffic: (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2015

Bulk (MT)

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

Berthing Specifications


Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Container Berth


225 m

13.5 m

According to port management, other sources describe max. draft as 10.9 m 

Berthing Tugs




Water Barges


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

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo

singular events

Other Imports

RoRo cargo

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

Dockside Crane



Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes





40 to

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








50 to

operated by ENP

Container Facilities

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

Customs Guidance

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.

Terminal Information

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.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

main warehouse

3.000 m²

Refrigerated Cargo

in reefer containers


General Cargo

see bagged cargo



Stevedoring handled by the port operators. ENP is providing pilot, mooring, tallying and security services.

Hinterland Information

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.

Port Security

As the port serves also as access to the navy base, security is relatively tight.



ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


Level 1 = Normal

Police Boats


1 patrol boat

Fire Engines


3 firetrucks




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