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Port Overview 

The New Port of La Union is one of El Salvador’s main infrastructure with total investment US$200 million. It was inaugurated by GoES in June 2010. The project was financed by Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and a government agency, Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autonoma (CEPA).   

Among the facilities that the Port of La Union offers to potential licensees include: high level of port infrastructure, with more than 50 ha of work (1 Stage), with deep-water docks where boats can dock Post Panama type that can mobilise up to 6500 TEUs; space for future development of facilities, road connectivity and the possibility of developing a rail connectivity.  

Port website:http://www.cepa.gob.sv/tag/puerto-la-union 

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

Port Location and Contact 

Country 

El Salvador 

Province or District 

La Union 

Nearest Town or City 

with Distance from Port 

La Union  

DISTANCE (2km) 

Port's Complete Name 

Puerto de la Unión Centroamericana  

Latitude 

13° 20’ 9’’ north latitude 

Longitude 

 89° 03’ 20” west longitude 

Managing Company or Port Authority 

CEPA El Salvador – Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma  

Management Contact Person 

Federico Anliker 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Airport of Ilopango177.6 km 

Port Picture 


 

Port Performance 

Since its inauguration in 2010, the port has been barely used (95 vessels between 2014 and 2017). The government of Japan, through JICA, in 2019, started an assessment to the port in order to support the improvement of the basis for economic and social development through the development of economic infrastructure. In addition, it will promote technical assistance that contributes to the activation of the Port, built under the Reimbursable Financial Cooperation scheme.  With this strategy is its hoped to define its role against Port of Acajutla and its complementarity to Puerto Cortes in Honduras and Port Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala. 

Statistics for 2019 show a total reception of 21 vessels (18,041.19MT: 23,242 TEU).   

At the moment the type of ships that can enter to the port are those type of Panamax that mobilise 4,66 TEU or Post Panamax mobilising 6,500 TEU.  


Port size: small

Access Chanel: Dredging 13 million m3 approx. 

Interior Canal:   

  • Length: 5.0 km. 
  • Deep: 14.00 MT.  
  • Width: 140 MT. 
  • Signal Range: 3 Mn.  

  

Exterior Canal:

  • Length 17.00 Km. 
  • Deep: 14.50 MT. 
  • Width: 140 MT. 
  • Signal Range: 4 Mn 

 

Navigation Aids. 

  • 16 Marker buoys. 
  • GPS Radios
  • 1 Navigation Lighthouse  
  • Visibility: 22 Nautical Miles 

 

Seasonal Constraints 

 

Occurs 

Time Frame 

Rainy Season 

Yes  

From May to November 

Major Import Campaigns 

No 


 

Handling Figures for 2019 

Vessel Calls 

N/A 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 

873 (2011) 

 

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2019 

Bulk (MT) 


Break bulk (MT) 

17,452.06 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link https://www.transparencia.gob.sv/institutions/cepa/documents/servicios 

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 

Quantity 

Length (m) 

Maximum Draft (m) 

Comments 

Conventional Berth 

1 

220 

10

 

Container Berth 

1 

340

15

Total area: 174,722 m2, Capacity: 350,000 TEUs 

Silo Berth 

No info 

No info 

No info 

 

Berthing Tugs 

None 

 

 

 

Water Barges 

By pipeline 

 

 

 

General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

No info 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

No info 

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

No info 

Other Imports (2019) 

18,041.19 

Port Handling Equipment 

The port equipment is handled by governmental personnel. The equipment is not used 100% since very few vessels arrive there. 

Equipment 

Available  

Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 


No information 

No information

Container Gantries 

Yes  

4 

 

Mobile Cranes 


No information

No information

Reachstacker 


No information

No information

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 

Yes  

tugmasters, 5 trailers 

No information

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 


No information 

No information

Transtainer 

Yes  

4 

No information

Forklifts 

Yes  

4 / 6,000 lb 

 

Container Facilities 

Facilities for containers are mostly empty due that not many vessels arrive to the port. 

Facilities 

20 ft 

40 ft 

Container Facilities Available 

 

560 x 560 mts 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 

No information

 

Refrigerated Container Stations 

No information

 

Other Capacity Details 

No information

 

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

No information

 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

No information

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

No information

 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift 
(Containers per Shift)  

No information

 

Customs Guidance 

Although there is little movement at the port, Customs office is active. There is no information regarding on how long it takes to get shipment out of the port. 

There is also an office in La Union: 3ra calle Pte. Sector La esperanza, Colonia Belén, No. 22, La UnionPhone No.: +503 2604-4106 / 2637-0173. 

Terminal Information 

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL 

Multipurpose terminal is available with the following information:  

Berth length: 220 m 

Depth: -10 m 

Total area: 115,981 m2 

 

There is also a Ro Ro and passenger terminal with the following information: 

Berth length: 240 m 

Depth: -9.5 m 

Total area: 34,871 m2   

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING 

There is no information with this regard. 

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL 

There is a warehouse for general cargo, which is located at the multipurpose terminal and its working hours are as follow: 

  • Monday: 08:00 – 17:00hrs 
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 07:00 – 17:00hrs 
  • Friday: 07:00 – 15:45hrs 

So far what has been stored is: iron and steel (metal, ingots, rolls, coils, sheets, messes, loose parts, others) and fractional General cargo. Whichever shipping company or customer must present the Tarja note and the partial bill of departure and a payment of USD 0.39 par metric ton. 

Port Security 

Port security is maintained 24 hours a day. 

Security 

ISPS Compliant 

Yes  

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

1 

Police Boats 

No info 

Fire Engines 

Yes