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Port Overview

The port is considered to be the second largest in Haiti, though Lafito has the potential to overtake it. At present, there are two shipping lines calling Cap Haitien regularly, both on a weekly basis: CMA CGM and Antillean. CMA-CGM is feedering from and to Kingston / Jamaica and Antillean, handling minor volumes of abt. 30 containers per week, from Miami.

USAID is providing funds to restore and refurbish the port facilities. The rehabilitation of the port will likely be finished in late 2018 and will include the building of port infrastructure as well as the development of a safety plan. 

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Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Cap Haitien

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port


0 km

Port's Complete Name

Port International du Cap Haitien





Managing Company or Port Authority

Autorite Portuaire Nationale (APN)

Management Contact Person (generic APN contact email)

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Aéroport international de Cap-Haitien

American Airlines

InterCaribbean Airways

IBC Airways

Port Picture


Port Performance

By physical observation at the time of the assessment, productivity was 9 moves/ hour. Container feeder “Nadja” of CMA-CGM was working from 09.30 until 18.30 discharging 39 full 20’ boxes and loading 40 MT 40’ boxes with one ship's crane on one hatch. There were sufficient trucks, circulating between the container yard and the vessel, in service. Totally, CTSA is operating 10 truck heads with container chassis on the terminal.

The navigation channel (West Channel) is well marked with buoys. Navigation by night is possible, depending on the master’s decision and the port pilot.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth




The cabotage berth has a length of 100 m and a water depth of 3.5 m.

Conventional Berth




“International Trade Quay”. With a total length of 250 m and a 30 m wide RoRo ramp for the operation of stern ramp vessels

Container Berth




“Cruise/Container Berth”. Ships must be moored with one end on the isolated concrete block at the end of the former walkway. The water depth is stated with 10.5 m, but due to missing soundings in the last years, vessels’ draft should not exceed 9 m. Two fenders in the middle of the berth are missing.

Silo Berth


 Not assessed

Berthing Tugs


 Not assessed

Water Barges


 Not assessed

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? It stands under the supervision of APN, who are in charge of infrastructure, security, administration and (partly) operational matters.




Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Not assessed


Container Gantries

Not assessed


Mobile Cranes

Not assessed



Not assessed


RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Not assessed


Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Not assessed



Not assessed


Forklifts (Toploaders)



CTSA operated

A packing station (covered) is available in the yard, same as a limited number of reefer container plugs. For breakbulk and bulk cargoes, stevedores must be ordered via the ship's agent. The relevant equipment is also organized by the agents. CTSA is not delivering breakbulk services. Vehicles (mostly used cars) are either discharged via the RoRo-ramp or by crane directly on the general cargo berth and are stored next to the container yard.


The road infrastructure between Gonaives and Cap Haitien (N1) was largely damaged at the time of assessment. Critical repairs to allow for trucks and container trucks were in progress. 

Storage Information


Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo


Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo


2,210 m2

Open Storage Area


72,000 m2 (45,000 container area)



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