2.1.4 Haiti Port of Lafito
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
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority
Management Contact Person
Vino Kumar, General Manager – Port Lafito
Alejandro Guzmán, CFO – Port Lafito
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Port-au-Prince International Airport (PAP)
1. Quay Wall / Deep Water Port
2. Port Lafito is designed to be a Panamax capable shipping terminal.
5. Container Area
6. Service Easement
7. Maintenance Building
8. Out Gates
9. Customs / Security Building
10. In Gates
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).
Type of Berth
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.
NOT YET IMPLEMENTED
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.
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.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
2 – 124 tons
Liebherr LHM-420 harbor mobile cranes
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
There are no sheds / warehouses on the terminal. A dry port / inland terminal in Chancerelle (Port-au-Prince) belongs to Lafito.
Number of Storage Facilities