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2.1.4 Haiti Port of Lafito

Port Overview

The Lafito multipurpose terminal was officially opened in July 2015. For the time being, Evergreen and Seaboard Marine are the only container carriers calling at Lafito. The service of Evergreen is on a weekly basis, feedered with CFS (Caribbean Feeder Services) via Colon / Panama, whereas Seaboard as a regional carrier offers sailings from the US and via their hub in Kingston / Jamaica. In Haiti, both carriers are calling only Lafito. Same as Evergreen, ZIM is feedered by CFS.

The port construction is planned in two steps, the existing infrastructure mirrors phase 1 with a berth length of 450 m and a storage area of 130.000 m². After completion of phase 2 (date unknown), the terminal is planned to offer the double of its existing size, namely 900 m of berth and 260.00 m² of storage area.

Port website: http://portlafito.com

Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Haiti

Province or District

Lafiteau

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Port-au-Prince

19.2 km

Port's Complete Name

Port Lafito

Latitude

18.69038

Longitude

-72.35695

Managing Company or Port Authority

SSA Marine

Management Contact Person

Vino Kumar, General Manager – Port Lafito

Alejandro Guzmán, CFO – Port Lafito

Carlyle Charles

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Port-au-Prince International Airport (PAP)

Aerolineas Mas

Air Canada

Air France

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

JetBlue

Spirit Airlines

 

Port Picture

1. Quay Wall / Deep Water Port

2. Port Lafito is designed to be a Panamax capable shipping terminal.

3. Dock

4. Cranes

5. Container Area

6. Service Easement 

7.  Maintenance Building

8. Out Gates

9. Customs / Security Building

10. In Gates

Port Performance

A productivity check per operation report as part of this assessment showed 27 moves per shorecrane/hour (discharge operation). The vessel under report, a CFS feeder, had a port stay of five hours, between 22.00 and 03.00 hrs.

Night operations and night sailings are executed.

The terminal management is driven by SSA Marine by using a Tideworks Terminal Operation System (TOS).

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Container Berth

1

450

10.5

Implemented. Allows for to vessels to dock alongside each other. Water depth is said to be 12.5 m, but is probably closer to 10.5 m.

Container Berth

1

450

10.5

NOT YET IMPLEMENTED

Silo Berth

 

 

 

 

Berthing Tugs

0

 

 

There is no tug base in Lafito. In case vessels are using tugs (which is not mandatory), they have to be called from Port-au-Prince. Because of this circumstance, tug costs are about double as high as in Port-au-Prince.

Water Barges

 

 

 

 

 

General Cargo Handling Berths

The port does handle breakbulk and general cargo like cars, steel coils (construction wire) and cement. The terminal surface is not currently paved. 

Port Handling Equipment

Port handling equipment is managed privately by SSA Marine.

 

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Not Assessed

  

Container Gantries

Not Assessed

  

Mobile Cranes

Yes

2 – 124 tons

Liebherr LHM-420 harbor mobile cranes

Reachstacker

Not Assessed

  

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Not Assessed

  

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Not Assessed

  

Transtainer

Not Assessed

  

Forklifts

Not Assessed

  


Storage Facilities

There are no sheds / warehouses on the terminal. A dry port / inland terminal in Chancerelle (Port-au-Prince) belongs to Lafito.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

Not assessed

 

Refrigerated Cargo

Not assessed

 

General Cargo

1

130,000 m2

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