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Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information on Chile Port of Puerto Arica

Port Overview

Located in Chile, XV Arica and Parinacota Region, province of Arica, commune and town of the same name. Arica province borders Peru to the North, the province of Parinacota to the East with Tarapacá, the Tarapaca Region to the South and the Pacific Ocean to the West.

The berths are located in the inner part of the breakwater and formed by a wall of reinforced-concrete caissons and metal pile cells.

Paved areas are 185.445 m2. The built-up areas (storehouses and other dependencies) are 27.048 m2. The pavements of the mooring sites 3, 4 and 5 were reconstructed in 2003 and can withstand cranes of large tonnage.  They have spacious terraces that allow efficiency in loading and unloading operations. Transfer capacity: 3.956.000 tonnes.

Port website: www.puertoarica.cl

Port operator's website: www.tpa.cl

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Chile

Province or District

Arica

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

Name: Arica

km: distance Arica La Paz

510 km by road

487 km by railroad

Port's Complete Name

Puerto Arica

Latitude

-18.47528

Longitude

70.3225

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

Empresa Portuaria Arica EPA, autonomous company of the Chilean State

Terminal Puerto Arica TPA, mono-operator concessionaire

Management Contact Person

EPA:

Rodolfo Barbosa Barrios General Manager

Mario Moya Montenegro Operations and Development Manager

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Name Airport: Chacalluta de Arica - Chile

Airlines: Línea Aérea Nacional (National Airline) LAN, with national and international daily flights

Port Picture

Sites dimensions are as follows:

  • Site 1: 114 meters. long / 2.8 m. draft.
  • Site 2A: 200 m and 3.7 meters of draft.
  • Site 2B: 220 meters. / 12.4 meters of draft.
  • Site 3: 190 meters. long / 8.2 m. draft.
  • Site 4: 255 m. long / 10 m. draft.
  • Site 5 and 6: 255 m. long / 10.0 m. draft
  • Restriction of air draft: 12.0 m.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

TPA is comprised of the three major port operators in Chile (Ultramar, SAAM, Agunsa) and one of the biggest of Peru (Ransa), as well as Constructora Belfi Ltda., a company with vast experience in maritime and port works. It works under the mono-operator scheme. 

For information on Chile port of Puerto Arica contact details, please see the following link:

4.4 Bolivia Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

Port of Arica operates under the mono-operator scheme, with 2 berthing fronts of 7 sites and is identified as a natural port for Bolivia’s import and export as a Mediterranean country, with a transfer capacity of 3,956,000 tons, built area of 27,048 m2, covered/partially covered storage infrastructure of 38,056 m2 , an uncovered area of 134,320 M2 area and trucks parking area of 10,650 m2 . Warehouse No. 1 has 2,000 m2 of covered storage for bulk wheat. The berth has an average depth of 10 meters and no vessel size restrictions.

The Bolivia Chile Treaty of 1904 establishes free commercial transit for Bolivian import cargo (365 days free storage) and export cargo (60 days free storage). Land transport of Bolivian import cargo is done by vehicles from Bolivian transport companies.

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season

No

Located in the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world

Major Import Campaigns

No

 n/a

Other INSERT OTHER CONSTRAINT (S) IF REQUIRED

No

 n/a

Handling Figures

Year 2013

Vessel Calls

408

Container Traffic (TEUs)

204.174

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2013

Bulk (MT)

761.587

Break bulk (MT)

2.118.782

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

EPA rates: http://www.puertoarica.cl/Web/tarifas.html

TPA fees: http://www.tpa.cl/v1/ver_contenido.asp?id=20

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

6

1.130

9.7

Container Berth

N/A

N/A 

N/A 

Silo Berth

N/A

 N/A

N/A 

Berthing Tugs

N/A

N/A 

N/A 

Water Barges

N/A

 N/A

 N/A

The port works under the "Mono – operator" scheme: www.puertoarica.cl

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately?  Private

In relation to port equipment, such as container cranes, forklifts, tanker trucks, front loaders,bulk carriers, the association has maintained the policy of leasing this equipment to third parties. Their main suppliers are Servicios Marítimos y Transporte Ltda., Agencias Universales S.A., and Contopsa. 

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and current Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

2 units Gottwald, 100 tons each

In continuous use

Container Gantries

No

No

No

Mobile Cranes

Yes

Loaded (1), empty (2), fork (1)

In continuous use

Reachstacker

No

No

No

RoRo Tugmaster (w / Trailer)

No

No

No

Grain Elevator w / Bagging Machines

Yes

7 belts, fixed (3), mobile (3), (1) stacker 2 unloading hoppers

In continuous use

Transtrainer

No

No

No

Forklifts

Yes

Front loader (3 and 8 Tn), forklift (3-5 and 8Tn)

In continuous use

Container Facilities

GLCSC LCA BOLIVIA Imagen General Cargo Handling Berths Arica 140930

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes

Yes

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Other Capacity Details

No

No

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

40 units/hour/gang (empty)

20 units/hour/gang (full)

40 units/hour/gang (empty)

20 units/hour/gang (full)

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

600 m2 (total)

600 m2 (total)

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

Yes

Customs Guidance

Bolivian cargo arriving at and departing from the Port of Arica, is processed via the Administradora de Servicios Portuarios Bolivia (ASPB), which is the customs agent of the State of Bolivia. ASPB is the office responsible for the cargo, fill up shipment forms, so that the procedure is done on the day of application.

GLCSC LCA BOLIVIA Agente Despachante ASPB 140930

Terminal Information

Grain and Bulk Handling

177.375 m2 uncovered storage areas

  • 27.375 m2 North area
  • 55,000 m2 yards for container storage
  • 600 m2 of container Reefer area
  • 94.400 m2 other uncovered areas

28.248 m2 covered areas for storage.

  • Warehouse 1 1.972 m2 for Bolivian cargo.
  • Warehouse 2 5,000 m2 for consumption/shelves.
  • Warehouse 3 5,000 m2 for general/bags storage.
  • Warehouse 4 2.850 m2 for bulk storage.
  • Warehouse 5 2.400 m2 for bulk storage.
  • Warehouse 6 2.550 m2 for bulk storage.
  • Warehouse 7a 300 m2 general cargo.
  • Warehouse 7b 366 m2 general cargo.
  • Warehouse 8 300 m2 bulk / general.
  • Cargo Shed IMO 340 m2 hazardous cargoes.
  • Mini warehouses 3,670 m2 bulk/wood/general.
  • T.E.A.G.M. 3,500 m2 bulk minerals.

Service concessionaires

www.saam.cl

www.agunsa.cl

www.naviport.cl

www.ultramar.cl

GLCSC LCA BOLIVIA Clearing Agents Arica 140930

Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

Warehouse 3

5,500 m2

Refrigerated Cargo

Warehouse 2

5,000 m2

General Cargo

Warehouse 7a and 7b

666 m2

Stevedoring

Service concessionaires:

www.saam.cl

www.agunsa.cl

www.naviport.cl

www.ultramar.cl

Hinterland Information

Lot located in the Industrial Park Puerta America, consisting of 214.000 m2, fenced all around. It has connection points inside with basic services such as electricity, drinking water and sewage. Its access is connected to Route 11 CH to Bolivia and to the railway network Arica - La Paz.

Port Security

Security

 

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

Current ISPS Level

1

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

Police Boats

Yes

 

Fire Engines

Yes