Barranquilla Port

LAT: 100 58' N/LONG: 740 46' W.


Max LOA (in Meters): 185
Max Beam (in Meters): N/A
Authorized Draft (in Meters): 7,5
Restrictions (daylight, etc.): Night for vessels over LOA 180 mts...

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Port terminal located about 11 miles from magdalena river mouth
Number of piers: this pier has about 1,058 meters long...

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PIER #32

This pier/yard is specialized for loading coke and steam coal.
Max draft: the same as the river mouth and the navigational channel...

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Number of Piers: 2
Max. Loa: this restriction has not been determined by the port but it has...

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Max. Draft Alongside: 29 feet (fw).
Max. Loa: 185 mts.
Max. Beam: Not determined but depends on draft restriction.

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Location: LAT: 100 58? N/LONG: 740 46? W
Admiralty Chart: 2259
Time Zone: GMT - 5 hours
Current Draft: 8 Meters in the river mouth and the navigational channel (it can change suddenly due to constant river waterflow changes)
Windy Season: From early December to mid April. Northeasterly winds prevailing.


It is compulsory for all domestic/foreign flag vessels over 200 GRT, to use pilot for entering/departing, as well as shifting between berths in the port.
Pilot boarding takes place 1.5 miles NW of breakwater. Vessel must arrange a pilot ladder 2 meters above water level on starboard side.


It is compulsory for all vessels over 2,000 DWT to have tug assistance for berthing, unberthing, anchoring, mooring to buoys and entrance/sailing maneuvers to dikes. Pilot may request a second tug, depending on sea & weather conditions.
Due to strong river current and wind conditions in certain periods of the year, port authority has determined that vessels fitted with bow thruster / controllable pitch propeller are still required to have tug assistance when maneuvering inside port premises.

For vessels below 2,000 dwt, tug assistance will be decided by master & attending pilot depending on weather conditions.


Due to Port Authority requirements, vessels must berth on starboard side to any of the berths in this port. Vessels with loa less than 100 meters can dock portside, only with a previous authorization from harbour master and a letter of indemnity to the pilot company.


Ship?s navigation registry
Radio station license
Load line certificate
Sanitary certificate cargo gear certificate (if vessel loading/discharging)
Radiotelegraph and radiotelephone certificate
Cargo ship safety equipment
International oil pollution policy (IOPP)
Last port clearance
Manning license of crew members
Insurance certificate of entry of P&I Club
In addition to the above documents, master should have the following documents ready to be handed to the local authorities
4 copies of cargo declaration
4 copies of store list
6 copies of crew list
4 copies of passenger list, if any
3 copies of crew effects
1 copy of maritime declaration of health
Failure to comply with above documents may result in ship?s delay in port until all documents are presented to satisfaction, with consequential increase in port expenses.
Please confirm all these documents will be available on ships arrival.
Furthermore, the following information required by the harbour master is necessary in order to accept the arrival of the vessel to colombian ports:
Class Number
IMO Number
P&I Club
IOPP number
IOPP Issue/Expiry Date


This area is usually used for anchoring the vessels awaiting berths at any of the terminals in Barranquilla.

It is also used for discharge operations of steel cargo, which are carried out by mssrs. Sidunor who is one of the most important steel cargo receivers in Colombia. They import about 150,000 mt per year and are the only receiver with a concession granted by government for discharging their cargoes at this anchorage site. The draft is the most important restriction, which is currently at 28 feet f.w. vessel?s loa, beam, airdraft restrictions has not been determined. Watchmen service it is not compulsory but strongly recommended for avoiding robbers, stowaways and smuggling.

Mssrs. Sidunor has an estimated discharge rate at about 4,000 mt/day agw/wp and work 24 hrs shinc. They have their own river deck barges which are alongside the vessel. They take cargo from holds onto barges using ship?s cranes. Usually work with about 3 river deck barges with a capacity of about 400-600 mtons. These river barges are shifted from alongside to a private sidunor quay in the riverboard.

Vessel can be supplied with bunkers and fresh water at this anchorage site. Vessel can be also provided by shipchandlers there.


  • When bunkering in port a surveyor from harbor master?s office must be requested for potential contamination/oil spillage.
  • Master/engineer must be alert about posible accidental oily water spillage, as this is heavily penalized by port authorities.
  • No garbage should be disposed into the river.
  • Do not carry out any hull/deck work without previous authorization.
  • Should colombian flag be needed, please request in advance to be sent with boarding pilot.
  • Vessels arriving to anchorage to wait for berth or discharge at midstream, are strongly suggested to arrange armed watchmen during the night to avoid piracy onboard. This service may be arranged thru the agency in written.
  • In case of sludge disposal at barranquilla, this may be arranged thru agency prior vessels arrival in port.
  • Masters must be prepared for a potential visit without previous notice, of the state port control surveyor leading to inspect all marpol and ship?s safety equipment onboard. Should any of this equipment be found defective/expired/etc, the vessel will be held in port until situation is solved to surveyor?s satisfaction. For cases where some of the missing/deffective equipment/devices can not be procured locally and the safety of vessel/crew may be jeopardized, the vessel will be granted clearance only until next port where the situation can be rectified.
  • When shipping spare parts for arriving vessel in port, shipping instructions must declare barranquilla as final destination, as otherwise parts may get stucked at another airport for more than 15 days. Please bear in mind, spares require at least three working days for delivery on board.
  • For rainy periods, considering there is a lot of solid and silt in suspension in the river, the pilot company recommends the ships crew to verify the main engine and generators fresh water cooling system at least 6 hours prior departure.
  • The antinarcotic police dept. Has been set up a local station at the public port in order to inspect all vessels prior sailing at any of the berth within the port of barranquilla; which may extend the vessel?s stay for some time.
  • For signing on/off crews it is very important you to send us at least 6 days prior their arrival/departure their respective flight details in order to get the immigration dept. Authorization, as per colombian regulations. Please note we cannot give ?ok on board?s? if we do not get this authorization previously. Also note, the immigration dept. Is not authorizing the entrance/departure to crewmembers without flight details duly confirmed by airlines. Please send crewmember details with at least complete name, surname, rank, passport number and any other information you consider necessary for these crew changes. Please bear in mind on-signers with nationality that requires colombian visa must arrive to colombia with this document in order, as immigration dept. Is not granting visas for transit on arrival. This office is granting visas for transit for off-signers, only.

Any clarification of above regulations/recommendations, please feel free to contact us prior to vessels arrival in port.


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