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Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=3603   

Port Overview

Is the most important port of the Pacific due to the volume of cargo handled, its location is privileged as the main world sea routes traverse and is the closest American port to the Asian market.

The government gave this port in concession to Regional Port Society of Buenaventura. This port has a specialized infrastructure for container handling, grain, bulk and multipurpose cargo. It also has 14 berths, 12 operated by Society of Buenaventura and 2 under another concession.

The main bottleneck is the poor road infrastructure from and to the port, this causes delays and increases price in trade logistics.

Port website: http://www.sprbun.com/

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Colombia

Province or District

Valle del Cauca

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Buenaventura.

km: 5 km.

Port's Complete Name

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura S.A.

Latitude

3.893056

Longitude

-77.06944

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

SOCIEDAD PORTUARIA REGIONAL DE BUENAVENTURA S.A.

Management Contact Person

Víctor Julio González Riascos (Manager).

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: International Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragón. – Cali.

Airlines: Avianca, American Airlines, TAME, KLM & United Airlines.

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Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Companies inside the port are major contributors in the supply chain, most of them are private and obey port policies. Services provided: container handling, loading and unloading of vessels, pilots services, vehicles, customs agency, port operators, support catering vessels, safety and inspection of goods.

Note: Pilotage is compulsory for all ships of more than 200 tons. Pilotage is available on a 24 hour basis. The pilot will board the vessel one (1) mile from shore sea buoy #1; Approx. Duration of whole manoeuvre, 2 hours.

4.4 Colombia Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The Port of Buenaventura is a multimodal transport port. The access channel has a length of 31.5 kilometres, equivalent to 17 Nautical miles. Outside bay: depth is 9.1 meters at low tide (Zero Equal); inside bay: depth is 12 meters at low tide (equal zero). Dock has a length of 2001 meters.

The depth of 12 Mt’s, (on average tides minimum) limits the arrival of ships that require more depth and limits the load by weight of ships.

The port has demonstrated an efficiency in the vessel average waiting time, during 2010 the average waiting time for container ships to leave port was 11 hours, in 2013 improve to 1 hour, this because Port acquired six (6) gantry cranes on rails post-panamax ship to shore, and 3 mobile cranes multipurpose. The most efficient of the gantry cranes, moves 35 Containers / Hour. The port has a specialized container terminal, 22 cranes to move, pile up and delivery containers.

Since 2010 the port is working on dredging and improvement of the access channel, to have in 2015, an average depth of 15m and improve service times.

The port has a delay on the delivery of goods locally, generated mainly because of the bad condition of the roads to and from the port.

The main bottleneck is land transport, delays occur in collecting the nationalized goods,  because cargo vehicles take longer transit from the center of the country to and from the port,  due to inadequate road infrastructure.

The Port has a regulation for humanitarian aid, in the event of a national emergency declared, humanitarian cargo vessels will have priority in the terminal.

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season

Yes

April to May; October to November.

(Although this can vary considerably).

Major Import Campaigns

No

The high season of commerce, is considered in the months of October and November, traders are preparing for Christmas.

Other

No

n/a

It is recommended to take special care in navigation during transit in the inner bay, since in this area flow into a lot of rivers and it is common to find large trunks in the canal, which may hinder the manoeuvres.

During the rainy season the visibility decreases, so is important to take a special care because there is a high traffic of artisan fishermen.

Handling Figures

Year 2013

Vessel Calls

1073

Container Traffic (TEUs)

533450

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2013

Bulk (MT)

4804722

Break bulk (MT)

1197468

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Sprbun website for relevant tariffs / rates

Berthing Specifications

(No.2 to No.8 for containers, No.10 to No.12 for bulk cargo, No.9 multipurpose, No.14 for liquid cargo, No.13 under concession Grupo Portuario s.a and No.1 operated by Compas s.a)

For further information on berths, please see the following link: http://www.sprbun.com/documentos/ventanas_de_atraque_en.pdf

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

2

204 m and 190m

9,14

Container Berth

7

Total 1050

9,44

Silo Berth

3

Total 525

7,62

Berthing Tugs

Yes

Water Barges

Yes

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

9 to 12.

Exports - Bagged Cargo

9 to 12.

Imports and Exports - RoRo

9 to 12.

Other Imports

Containers 2 to 8

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? Private company manages the port under concession granted by the government.

Services provided: Pilotage; Tugboats; Water; fuel; lubricant and provisions supply; Dockage/Berthing; Services for ships: repair of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and refrigeration systems; Cargo handling

(loading and unloading of vessels); Medical, dental and migratory services for ship crews; Warehousing services for LCL storage shipping lines;

Monitoring and control of containers for transhipment; Consolidation and deconsolidation of LCL containers; Solid waste and sewerage treatment.

Port handling equipment: http://www.sprbun.com/informacion-para-comercio-exterior/servicios/tipo-de-carga.php

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

2 (50 MT) 2 (60 MT)

Actual usage

Container Gantries

Yes

6 (40 to 62 MT)

Located on Post- Panamax shore rails

Mobile Cranes

Yes

3 (100 & 104 MT)

Multipurpose mobile cranes

Reach stacker

Yes

16 (40 & 30 MT)

Actual usage.

RoRo Tug master (w/ Trailer)

No

N/a

N/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

Yes

4

(1 for 700 MT / hour, 2 for 300 MT / hour and 1 for 220 MT / hour)

Grain suction.

Tran strainer

Yes

22 (60 MT)

Rubber tire Gantry Cranes for receive and delivery containers in yard.

Forklifts

Yes

10

Forklifts with different capacities for containers handling

Container Facilities

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Buenaventura port have a specialized container terminal (Buenaventura SA - TECSA)

This terminal provide services with safety in the operation, proper time in service delivery, ensuring continuous availability and optimization of terminal space, guaranteeing the customers attention to their needs.

Facilities

20 ft.

40 ft.

Container Facilities Available

440 metres long quay, allows berthing for 2 large vessels simultaneously or a Panama Vessel type,

14 metre depth measured draft in minimal tide. Attend up to 260000 TEUS per year.

440 metres long quay, allows berthing for 2 large vessels simultaneously or a Panama Vessel type,

14 metre depth measured draft in minimal tide. Attend up to 260000 TEUS per year.

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Weighing system (with dynamic scales), Load / unloads (Updated technology for full and for empty containers) Storage (safe areas), cargo inspection and cargo movement, operations on line (conditions and status of cargo).

19 hectares for storage with a capacity to store up to 8000 TEUS simultaneously

Weighing system (with dynamic scales), Load / unloads (Updated technology for full and for empty containers) Storage (safe areas), cargo inspection and cargo movement, operations on line (conditions and status of cargo).

19 hectares for storage with a capacity to store up to 8000 TEUS simultaneously

Refrigerated Container Stations

Capacity 768 TEUS, Sortie Container service, Monitoring the technical conditions, connection and disconnection of reefer containers to the electrical net, power supply (Electrical voltage is handled for the different types of containers)

Capacity 768 TEUS, Sortie Container service, Monitoring the technical conditions, connection and disconnection of reefer containers to the electrical net, power supply (Electrical voltage is handled for the different types of containers)

Other Capacity Details

n/a

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

347

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

384

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

n/a

Customs Guidance

DIAN is the main government customs entity  in Colombia, when an import or export exceeds USD1000, Should use a customs broker for this process.

Customs regulations per decree 2685 and Muisca regulations stipulate that:

A) All cargo on board a vessel, with destination Colombia must be manifested.

B) The manifest and bills of lading have to be registered to Customs systems (Muisca) 12 hours prior ship's arrival.

C) Cargo not covered by manifest may not be discharged. If discharged it will be immediately confiscated by Customs.

Customs may take 1-3 days maximum in the process, depending on the selectivity of inspection which goods was subjected. In Colombia the customs authorities is the most influential institution in the process of nationalization, Customs Procedures can be affected by delays or technical problems by the DIAN system when making records, or documentary procedures unrealized by the importer / exporter. It is recommended to do load tracking everytime and obey the instructions of the officials, as long as they are legal and fair.

DIAN have a special type of import procedure for emergencies, under this mode delivery to the end user may do without any prior processing. 

1.3 Colombia Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Berths 2 to 8 (Containers) Berth Line: 1050 meters length; Equipped with six (6) Gantry cranes located on Post-panamax shore rails and three multipurpose mobile cranes, Reach Staker and forklifts with different capacities for containers handling.

Berth 9: (Multipurpose) Berthing line of 204 meters, Equipped with three multi-purpose mobile cranes with a capacity to handle 104 tons. And Berth14: Berthing line: 190 meters.

Multipurpose terminal for handling bulk solids (Carbon), liquid bulk and general cargo, For handling coal stacking area is 4,500 m2 and 16,800 tons of weigth.

For handling liquid bulk is equipped with 14 independent and segregated lines for simultaneous pumping, with a modern fire extinguishing system and efficient crane for handling all types of pipelines. 

Grain and Bulk Handling

Berths 10 to 12. Equipped with mechanical and pneumatic bulk unloaders; Total efficiency: 1,520 tons hour of transference.

Equipment for bulk solids:

  • Electro Hydraulic scoop; Capacity 35 m3, density of granel material 0,8 Ton / m3, efficiency 450 Ton/hr.

Dimensions: Open (Width 5,6 mts x Length 4,72 mts) Close (Width 4,44 mts x Length 4,72 mts).

  • Dual gate hopper of 70m3

It has two modes of discharge: one direct to truck, or transfer to silos and / or storage warehouses at the port.

Almagrario is one of the most representative port operator inside the terminal.

Main Storage Terminal

Service of provision of covered or open-air, warehousing space to store import, export, domestic or transit cargo within the port's facilities.

Buenaventura port have a specialized warehouse for  Coffee (8,682 M2) and Sugar (20,835 M2).

  • Liquids Bulk Storage capacity: More then 230,000 cubic meters.
  • Solids bulk warehousing capacity: More than 172,500 tons capacity in silos warehouses and covered areas.

Company: OPP Graneles S.A

20 Silos – Capacity 75000 MT

6 Warehouses – Capacity 50000 MT

2 Eco Warehouses – Capacity 5000 MT

Company: Almagrario

48 Silos – Capacity 600 MT & 550 MT

26 Silos – Capacity 39000 MT

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

1 (Warehouse) 2 (yards)

Warehouse (5515 m2) Yards (4200 m2)

Refrigerated Cargo

At the terminal container

768 TEUS

General Cargo

10 (Warehouse) and shed.

Warehouse (69947) Shed (30235 m2).

Stevedoring

Stevedoring operation is made by private companies, classified and regulated by the national government.

The rating and ranking of the operators is performed in accordance to the type of activities and services they provide to the terminals (cargo handling, pilotage, towage, dredging, port storage and other activities).

Hinterland Information

Land transport is one of the direct business of the port with the city of Buenaventura. Unfortunately the poor structure of the routes from port to inland country, makes this expensive and limited.

Near the port can be found the free trade zone (Defined area of a country where it enjoys certain tax benefits, such as exemption from payment of import duties or certain taxes or regulation).

Port Security

Access control system: Implemented to warranty persons entering the Port are fully identified and to hinder unauthorized access. This control is performed by 62 biometric readers, 18 full body and half-body rotating stands, 23 security fences at vehicle access points, all controlled by a server housing detailed data on the port population.

Perimeter Control System: Implemented in order to prevent intruders’ access through the outside perimeters of the port facilities, the system consists of 4,800 meters of sensor cable controlled by 23 processors that interpret the signals received, and then transmit information to the control centre.

The centre immediately complements intruder detection with the video equipment available in the zone to immediately alert security personnel and make this information available to them.

Closed Circuit TV: The purpose of the system is to monitor and record all Port operations and activities, it has 370 fixed and panning cameras distributed throughout the port and 21 digital recorders to store security events 24 hours/day.

The system includes special equipment for monitoring the internal navigation channel under any visibility condition, and includes 75-day average recording time.

Armed security personnel: As a complement to the Integrated Electronic Security System, the Port has a team consisting of 265 armed security guards and 6 patrol units, by land and sea.

They are fully equipped with the necessary devices to maintain communication between the different systems and personnel monitoring security.

...

Security

...

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

...

Yes

...

Current ISPS Level

...

1

...

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

...

Police Boats

...

Yes


...

Fire Engines

...

Port Overview

Buenaventura offers one multi-purpose terminal including a container terminal - Sociedad Portuaria Buenaventura (SPB) – a bulk and a container terminal located to the north (Aguadulce) of SPB and a container terminal east (TCBUEN) of SPB. The entrance channel faces constant sedimentation – different values were given for the draught restriction. Something like 9 m at low tide seems likely, a tidal range of approx. 4 m would permit vessels entering with up to 13 m draught at high tide. Prior to chartering a vessel present conditions must be verified with the pilots. Pilotage is compulsory for all ships of more than 200 tons and available on a 24-hour basis.

The pilot will board the vessel one mile from shore sea buoy #1; Approx. Duration of whole maneuver: 2 hours. The access channel to all three terminals has a length of 31.5 kilometers, equivalent to 17 nautical miles. It is recommended to take special care in navigation during transit of the inner bay, since it is common to find large trunks in the canal, which may hinder maneuvers. During the rainy season the visibility decreases, so is important to take a special care because there is a high traffic of fishermen.

Buenaventura handles the largest cargo volume of all Colombian ports. Most of the port services areprovided by private companies.

As road access might be an issue: Cargo movements through the Aguadulce terminal do not have to traverse the town of Buenaventura.


Port website: http://www.sprbun.com/

Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=3603   

Port Location and Contact

Country

Colombia

Province or District

Valle del Cauca

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Buenaventura (0 km)

Port's Complete Name

Sociedad Portuaria Regional De Buenaventura S.A.

Latitude

3.892923

Longitude

-77.067902

Managing Company or Port Authority

Sociedad Portuaria Regional De Buenaventura S.A.

Management Contact Person

Juan Pablo Cepeda (Manager)

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent

International Arrivals/Departures

Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport in Cali.

American Airlines, TAME, KLM & United Airlines.

Port Picture

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Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The following passages refer to Buenaventura’s multi-purpose terminal operated by Sociedad Portuaria Buenaventura (SPB).

In the SPB a container terminal, with a docking line of 1,050 m; equipped with six (6) gantry cranes, one terminal with reach stakers on post-Panamax ship to shore rails and three (3) multipurpose mobile cranes, with forklifts of different capacities for container movement with a 525 m berthing line; 2 multipurpose terminals, one with a 204 m berthing line equipped with 3 mobile cranes with the capacity to move up to 104 tons, and another multipurpose, for the handling of solid bulk (coal), liquid bulk and general cargo with a berthing line 190 m.

The two terminals Aguadulce (container, bulk) and TCBUEN (container) are described at the end of this chapter.

COMPAS: Grupo Argos and Southern Port Holding Corp. created on December 1, 2012 COMPAS S.A., the only network of multipurpose public ports in Colombia. With two port terminals in Cartagena, one in Buenaventura, one in Barranquilla, one in Tolú and two in Panama and Houston U.S.A. This terminal has a public operation, is located on the Island of Cascajal and has the possibility of accessing the Pacific railway corridor. It has the most efficient transfer machining system in the country, with 37,676 square meters of concession area, a draft of 10.5 meters of BW and a storage capacity of 47,200 tons. It specializes in the mobilization, efficient storage and dispatch of bulk solids, grains and by-products, while preserving their quality.

ALMAGRARIO: port operator with experience and track record for handling all types of cargo, bulk or general cargo. It is qualified as the port's primary operator, with a storage capacity of 32,000 tons in each silos plant. The unloading is done through suction, spoon and / or hopper methods. The port has 4 bulk docks, 48 ​​silos and 28 mezzanines, a MIAG suction tower with two pumps, with a capacity of 200 tons / hour. It has two 80 ton truck scales each and two electronic step scales.

OPERCAR: Authorized port and logistics operator for cargo handling in the public and private ports of Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta and Buenaventura. It has a diversified portfolio of services for the handling of general cargo, iron products andsteel, containers, solid bulk, project cargo, rolling cargo, among others. Specialists in the management of oil and gas pipelines, including the supply of lifting equipment, specialized hooks (shoes), inspection tables and lumber for storage. 

For more information please see this link: 4.4 Colombia Port and Waterways Company Contact List.


Port Performance

The main port of Buenaventura handles containers, bulk and general cargo on 14 berths - of which 12 are operated by Sociedad Portuaria Buenaventura (SPB) and 2 under concession (COMPAS). SPB’s dock has a length of 2,000 meters. The port shares its location with the city center on an island – connected to the mainland by one bridge (Puente el Piñal, 3 lanes in each direction) only.

The Port has a regulation for humanitarian aid where humanitarian cargo will have priority in the event of a declared national emergency.

Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

April to May; October to November, although this can vary considerably.

Major Import Campaigns

No

Increased volumes of consumer goods during October and November.

Other Comments

N/A

Handling Figures for 2019

Vessel Calls

1,458

Container Traffic (TEUs)

1’200,000 TEUs

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2019

Bulk (MT)

1,624,639

Break bulk (MT)

4,370,861

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

www.sprbun.com/web/portal/tarifas/Servicios Portuarios

www.sprbun.com/web/portal/tarifas/Servicios Logísticos

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

2

204 m and 190 m

9.14

Container Berth

9.14

Total 1050 m

9.44

Silo Berth

3

Total 525 m

7.62

Berthing Tugs

Yes



Water Barges

Yes



(Berths N°2 a N°8 for containers, N°10 a N°12 bulk, N°9 multicargo, N°14 liquid cargo , N°13 Under concession for Grupo Portuario S.A. y N°1 operated by Compass S.A.)

For further information on berths, please see the following link: http://www.sprbun.com/documentos/ventanas_de_atraque_en.pdf


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

9 to 12

Exports - Bagged Cargo

9 to 12

Imports and Exports - RoRo

9 to 12

Other Imports

Cntrnrs 2 to 8


Port Handling Equipment

The private company or concessionaire manages the port concession granted by the government.  The services offered are piloting, tugs, fuel, lubricants, supply of provisions, berthing.  Boat services: repair of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and cooling systems; Cargo handling (loading and unloading of ships), medical, dental and immigration services for ship crews, storage tanks, monitoring and control of containers for transshipment; consolidation and deconsolidation of LCL containers, solid waste and wastewater treatment, steel, containers, solid bulk, project cargo, rolling cargo, among others.  Specialists in the management of oil and gas pipelines, including the supply of lifting equipment, specialized hooks (shoes), inspection tables and lumber for storage.


Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

2 (50 MT) and 2 (60 MT)

Actual usage

Container Gantries

Yes

13 (40 to 62 MT)

3 Neo-Panamax and 10 Panamax, rail mounted

Mobile Cranes

Yes

3 (100 & 104 MT)

Multipurpose mobile cranes

Reachstacker

Yes

16 (40 & 30 MT)

Actual usage

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

N/A

N/A

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Yes

4 (1 for 700 MT / hour, 2 for 300 MT / hour and 1 for 220 MT / hour)

Grain suction

Transtainer

Yes

22 (60 MT)

Rubber tire Gantry Cranes for yard handling

Forklifts

Yes

10

Forklifts with different capacities for containers handling

Container Facilities

Berths 2 to 8 (Containers) Berth Line: 1050 meters length; Equipped with 13 Gantry cranes (STS), 3 of those Post Panamax and 3 multipurpose mobile cranes, 22 transtainer (RTG), reachstacker and forklifts with different capacities for containers handling. SPB has a specialized container terminal (Buenaventura SA - TECSA). The Post Panamax STS can move 35 Containers / Hour. According to SPB the container terminal was working at approx. 60 % of its capacity in 2018.

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SPB container operations

 

 Facilities

 20 ft / 40 ft

Container Facilities Available

440 meters long quay, allows berthing for 2 large vessels simultaneously or 1 Panamax vessel,

14 meters depth at low tide. Attend up to 260,000 TEUS per year.

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Weighing system (with dynamic scales), Load / unloads (Updated technology for full and for empty containers) Storage (safe areas), cargo inspection and cargo movement, operations on line (conditions and status of cargo). 19 hectares for storage with a capacity to store up to 8,000 TEUS (in 2018 a figure of 26,800 TEU was given by SPB) simultaneously. Capacity 768 TEUS, Sortie Container service.

Refrigerated Container Stations

Monitoring technical conditions, connection and disconnection of reefer containers to the electrical net, power supply (Electrical voltage is handled for the different types of containers)

Other Capacity Details

N/A

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

347

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

384

Emergency Take-off Capacity

N/A

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

N/A

Customs Guidance

DIAN is the main government customs entity in Colombia, when an import or export exceeds USD 1,000, use of a customs broker for this process is recommended.

Customs regulations per decree 2685 and Muisca regulations stipulate that:

  1. All cargo on board a vessel, with destination Colombia must be manifested.
  2. The manifest and bills of lading have to be registered to Customs systems (Muisca) 12 hours prior to ship's arrival.
  3. Cargo not covered by manifest may not be discharged. If discharged it will be immediately confiscated by Customs.

The processing by Customs may take 1-3 days maximum, depending on the level of inspection. In Colombia the customs authorities is the most influential institution in the process of nationalization, dustoms procedures can be affected by delays or technical problems by the DIAN system when making records, or documentary procedures unrealized by the importer / exporter. It is recommended to do constant cargo tracking and obey the instructions of the officials, as long as they are legal and fair.

DIAN have a special type of import procedure for emergencies, under this mode delivery to the end user may do without any prior processing.

For more information on Customs in Colombia, please refer to: 1.3 Colombia Customs Information.

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Berth 9: (Multipurpose) Berthing line of 204 meters, Equipped with three multi-purpose mobile cranes with a capacity to handle 104 tons.

Berth14: Berthing line: 190 meters. Multipurpose terminal for handling bulk solids (Carbon), liquid bulk and general cargo, for handling coal stacking area is 4,500 m2 and 16,800 tons of weight.

The liquid bulk area is equipped with 14 independent and segregated lines for simultaneous pumping, with a modern fire extinguishing system and crane for handling all types of pipelines.

Grain and Bulk Handling

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Grain elevator at SPB

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Grain silos at SPB (outside port perimeter)


At berths 10 to 12 bulk cargo is handled by Almagrario. Equipped with mechanical and pneumatic bulk unloaders; Total efficiency: 1,520 tons per hour.

Equipment for bulk solids:

  • Electro Hydraulic scoop; Capacity 35 m3, density of bulk material 0,8 Ton / m3, efficiency 450 Ton/hr. Dimensions: Open (Width 5.6 m x Length 4.72 m) Close (Width 4,44 mts x Length 4,72 mts).
  • Dual gate hopper of 70m3. Discharging direct onto truck, or transfer to silos and / or storage warehouses at the port.

 

Main Storage Terminal

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Service of provision of covered or open-air, warehousing space to store import, export, domestic or transit cargo within the port's facilities.

OPP Graneles S.A is operating a specialized warehouse for coffee (8,682 m2) and one for sugar (20,835 m2).

  • Liquids Bulk Storage capacity: More than 230,000 cubic meters.
  • Solids bulk warehousing capacity: More than 172,500 tons capacity in silos warehouses and covered areas.
  • 20 Silos – Capacity 75000 MT
  • 6 Warehouses – Capacity 50000 MT
  • 2 Eco Warehouses – Capacity 5000 MT

Company: Almagrario 

  • 48 Silos – Capacity 600 MT & 550 MT
  • 26 Silos – Capacity 39000 MT

 

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

1 (Warehouse) 2 (yards)

Warehouse (5515 m2) Yards (4200 m2)

Refrigerated Cargo

At the terminal container

768 TEU's

General Cargo

10 (Warehouse) and shed

Warehouse (69947) Shed (30235 m2).


Stevedoring

Stevedoring operation is made by private companies, classified and regulated by the national government.  The ratio and ranking of the operators is performed in accordance to the type of activities and services they provide to the terminals (cargo handling, pilotage, towage, dredging, port storage and other activities).

Hinterland Information

 Land transporters arriving at the port of Buenaventura are offered the following services: 

  • Terrestrial Programming Center - CPT: It is an alternative by means of which a transport company requests the port by electronic means to load containers with imported loads, indicating the estimated date and time. Allows planning and scheduling of resources for trucks to enter the Maritime Terminal without waiting times, confirming the provision of the service also by electronic means.
  • Scale service: For weighing loaded and empty trucks.
  • Creation of A-check visits: Carried out by the Transport Companies for the entrance of the trucks to the Maritime Terminal. 
  • Container inspection: This activity is carried out on trucks that move full and empty containers.
  • Operational equipment: Front lifts, reach staker and RTG for loading and unloading trucks. 
  • SISE: Integrated Electronic Security System for truck traceability.

Near the port can be found the free trade zone (Defined area of a country where it enjoys certain tax benefits, such as exemption from payment of import duties or certain taxes or regulation).

 

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

Yes

Access control system

Implemented to warranty persons entering the Port are fully identified and to hinder unauthorized access. This control is performed by 62 biometric readers, 18 full body and half-body rotating stands, 23 security fences at vehicle access points, all controlled by a server housing detailed data on the port population.

Perimeter Control System

Implemented in order to prevent intruders access through the outside perimeters of the port facilities, the system consists of 4,800 meters of sensor cable controlled by 23 processors that interpret the signals received, and then transmit information to the control center. The center immediately complements intruder detection with the video equipment available in the zone to immediately alert security personnel and make this information available to them.

Closed Circuit TV

The purpose of the system is to monitor and record all Port operations and activities, it has 370 fixed and panning cameras distributed throughout the port and 21 digital recorders to store, security events 24 hours/day. The system includes special equipment for monitoring the internal navigation channel under any visibility condition and includes 75-day average recording time.

Armed security personnel

As a complement to the Integrated Electronic Security System, the Port has a team consisting of 265-armed security guards and 6 patrol units, by land and sea. They are fully equipped with the necessary devices to maintain communication between the different systems and personnel monitoring security.

 

Terminal Aguadulce

Opposite the bay of Buenaventura the peninsula of Aguadulce features a jetty for dry bulk and container handling. The terminal was not assed in situ. An interesting aspect of Aguadulce is the access road that avoids Buenaventura city and Puente el Piñal.

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Container terminal of ICTSI and PSA, Aguadulce Peninsula

Container Terminal 

The container terminal is operated by ICTSI and PSA, currently equipped with 4 Post Panamax rail mounted gantry cranes (RMG's) and about 10 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG's) for yard movements. Depth along the 1,200 m long jetty is given with 14.5 m (low tide). Satellite imagery shows 9,000 m2 paved container yard and a container freight station.

 Dry Bulk Terminal 

Bulk operator COMPAS claims (http://www.compas.com.co/en/terminals/aguadulce) offering the capacity of receiving vessels of up to 80,000 tons and a depth of 15 meters at low tide. Apart from mechanized export of coal the terminal counts with a grain elevator, a mobile port crane, 4 vertical silos with a capacity of 6.500 ton each and 2 additional warehouses of 2.300 sqm each. Total storage capacity is given as 25,200 tons.


Container Terminal TCBUEN

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Container terminal TCBUEN of APM


The container terminal is operated by APM, equipped with 4 Post Panamax RMGs (rail mounted gantry cranes) and 13 RTGs (rubber-tired gantry cranes for yard movements). Depth along the 440 m long jetty is given with 14 m (low tide) the entrance channel leading to the jetty being dredged to 12.5 m. Satellite imagery shows 112,000 sqm.  paved container yard and 5 warehouses. Shipping lines calling TCBUEN include APL, HAPAG-LLOYD, K-LINE, MAERSK, MOL, NYK and SEALAND. The terminal is situated east of Buenaventura city centre, access avoids the possible bottleneck Puente el Piñal.

Commercial aspects

In the national context, the Bay of Buenaventura maintained leadership in the second half of 2019 with a 42% share in the total mobilization of tons with respect to the other ports in the country.  Regarding the Buenaventura Regional Port Society, within the port node where it is located, its participation corresponds to 54%.

Containers

 SPRBUN continues to lead the participation in container loading in Buenaventura Bay with a mobilization of 170,696 Teus, out of a total of 389,630 Teus mobilized in the Buenaventura port node.  The loss of international transshipment cargo is noteworthy, as a result of differential conditions in the depth of the access channel to the Bay of Buenaventura, which came to be managed by the Posorja Terminal in Ecuador.  

Information Technology Management

During the second semester of 2019, the Regional Port Society of Buenaventura, through its Information Technology Management, continued the strategic plan for digital transformation through innovative technological solutions, ensuring business continuity, management and security of IT services for its users and clients.