Caldera Port


Caldera Port

9° 56′ 36″ N
84° 43′ 00″ O

Port Caldera is located in the bay of the same name, in the Golf of Nicoya, on the Pacific coast, Puntarenas.

Since commencing operations at Caldera in 1982, Puntarenas is considered as an extension of the port of Caldera. Caldera has a marginal wharf 490 m. long, consisting of three berths where general cargo, containers and solid bulk cargoes are handled.

The nearest international airport is the is the Juan Santamaria, located in the city of Alajuela.


The Customs authorities now stipulate that:

  1. 1. All cargo on board of the vessel with destination Costa Rica must be manifested.
  2. 2. The manifest and Bills of lading must be registered in the customs Systems (TICA) 24hrs before ship´s arrival.
  3. 3. Cargoes entering and have not been manifested will be confiscated in the Port´s terminals.
  4. 4. Violations of this rules will have the following consequences:

    • 4.1 Any ship that has not been entered into customs system (TICA) will not be docked.

    • 4.2 Any failure to cargo manifested evident in quantities or weight, will be fined.

Documents for authorities:

  • 6 crew list
  • 6 port of call
  • 2 vacinnation list
  • 2 Ship Particulars
  • 2 Maritime declaration of Health
  • 6 NIL LIST ( no arms, no drugs, no stowaways, etc)
  • 2 Crew list departure
  • 2 ship store declaratione
  • 2 tonnage certificat
  • Original last port clearence
  • Entrance:

    Direct entrance from open sea, pilot board the ship at 1 mile from port, authorities visit the vessel once docked at pier.

    Anchorage Area:

    Port Caldera: 1 mile from port, with a draft between 12-13mts.


    The pilot board the ship at 1 mile from port Entrance.

    In port Caldera, the gangway should be at portside, on 1mt of sea level.

    Pilotage is compulsory for larger vessels.

    Weather conditions suitable for docking and undocking manoeuvres, subject to discretion of pilot’s office.

    Pre Arrival Information:

    Agent must be advised 72, 48 and 24 hours before arrival, indicating amount of cargo to be discharged in tonnes. This information is required by the Port Authority. Failure to provide this information will result in the vessel being delayed by up to 24 hours.

    Vessels whose port of departure is less than 48 hours steaming from the port, shall notify the Port Authority on departure from said por.

    The following information should be included in the ETA messag:

  • Name of vessel, shipping line and Agent
  • Name of Captain
  • National flag
  • Last ports of cal
  • Vessel's LOA, draft and beam
  • Tonnage and cargo type/class to be loaded/discharged and in transit
  • Stowage plan of cargo
  • Restrictions:

  • Max length of 220 mts.
  • Max draft of 12 mts for bulkers, for tankers, projects, generals, containers, etc.
  • Services of fresh water, sludge removal, ship chandlers, garbage disposal are available.
  • No daylight restriction.
  • Air draft restriction: Noo
  • Shore crane available: Yes
  • Free Practique can not be granted upon arrival, Port Authorities must visit the vessel in order to grant Free Practique
  • Mooring Arrangements: Ropes are required for mooring, wires are not allowed.
  • Quantity of Pierss:

    Caldera´s Terminal has 4 berths:

    Dock Length Depth Draft Size Purpose
    1 210 mts 11 mts 9,5 mts 25,000 dwt Containers, breakbulk, bulk, chemicals
    2 150 mts 11 mts 9,7 mts 25,000 dwt Containers, breakbulk, Project
    3 190 mts 7,5 mts 6,8 mts 5,000 dwt Conventional , Cruisers
    4 210 mts 13 mts 12,7 mts 42,000 dwt Breakbulk, General Cargo

    *: max draft berth 1 for bulkers is 9,7mts
    *: max draft berth 2 for bulkers is 10.0mts
    *: max draft berth 3 for bulkers is 7.0 mts

    Water Densitya:

    1.018 (Salwater)


    Forklifts, Straddler Carriers,Trucks, Port´s Crane with capacity of 120tns (is expected that by October 2014 there will be other Port Crane 140tons lift capacity available)

    Port facility security:

    All port facilities in terminal and main areas have closed circuit television monitored 24hrs, the terminal has the ISPS specifications.

    Working days:

    The ports of caldera works 24hrs, 7 days per week

    Watchmen on board:

    In the Port of caldera is not compulsory to have private watchmen on board, however it is advisable to avoid risks of drugs, stowaways, arms, etc.

    Tides and currents:

    The maximum increase of the tides is 10” and the smallest 7” winds speed can be very variable during the year.


    BA Charts No. 1021 and 1931.


    BA Sailing Directions, NP 8.

    ISPS Compliance:

    Port is compliant:

  • PFSO: Mangel Alajandro Heredia, Port Security Manager. Tel: +506 2634 9500 (ext. 101).
  • Max Size: LOA 220 m., draft 12 m.
  • Restrictions: None. Vessels can enter or depart at any time.
  • Practique: Vessels must be in possession of a Ship Sanitation Control (Exemption) Certificate signed by the Master. In case of any suspected disease or fever on board, Master to notify by radio to Port authorities and vessel to wait outside the limits of territorial waters until clearance is given.
  • VHF:

    The Port Authority listens on Channel 16 and works on Channel 14 throughout 24 hours.


    Compulsory for berthing and unberthing. Three tugs available (including 1×1,700 h.p. and 1×1,800 h.p.).

    Bulk Facilities

    Bulk OperatorInstituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacífico (INCOP).,, Contact: Ivan Lastro Barbado, operaciones portuarias.

    Grain Operator: Port Authority. Tel: +506 2634 9500 (ext. 108).

    Facilities: Bulk cargoes are discharged by pneumatic suction units and 4×12 cu.yd. grabs.

    Storage: Warehousing totalling 13,200 sq.m. and open stockyards totalling 71,400 sq.m

    Container Facilities

    Six spreaders (3×20 ft., 3×40 ft.), 2 empty spreaders, 27 forklifts (2.5–16.0 tonnes), 1×35 tonne toploader, 8 reachstackers (2×40 tonnes, 6×45 tonnes), 10 tractors, 16 trailers, 40 reefer points, storage area with total capacity 700 TEU.

    Tanker Facilities:

    Caldera Bay: Catenary buoy mooring for tankers approx. 850 m. offshore. Vessels moor using starboard anchor and lines to three buoys astern. Hoses connected to port side manifold by ship's crew.

    Chemicals discharged at Berths No. 1–3 via portable lines to road tankers.

    Cranes: 1×140 tonne mobile crane, 1×20 tonne Grove G6 crane.

    Stevedores: The Port Authority provides stevedores throughout 24 hours, 7 days.

    Working Hours:

    Gangs available and ordered in advance: 0700 to commence at 0900, 1200 or 1500; at 1500 to commence at 1800, 2000 or 0800 the following day.

    Other facilities:

    Waste Disposal: Garbage disposal possible. Contact Agent.

    Slops Disposal: Sludge disposal possible. Contact Agent.

    Medical: Medical services can be provided at a clinic in the port or at a hospital in Puntarenas.

    Fresh Water: Provided by the Port Authority at all berths.

    Fuel: Available by road tanker, arranged by agents.

    Security / Gangway: All vessels anchored in the port require adequate watchmen coverage. Not compulsory in port, but recommended to prevent risk of stowaways, drug smuggling etc.

    Regulations: The vessel, the owner and his agent must comply with all the arrangements set out in the Port Services Regulations and the General Tariff. The Port Authority will supply these regulations on request.

    The Agent or owners should notify the Port Authority in writing of the ship's anticipated movements no later than 1100 hrs. on the Friday of the week before arrival.

    Local Holidays: The port works throughout 24 hours, except Good Friday.

    >Weather / Tides:

    LW 0.3 m.; HW 2.5 m.; HHW 3.1 m.; LLW –0.3 m. (CD).

    Current: At a distance of 500 m. off the jetty the current can be as strong as 0.6 knots.


    Telephones may be placed on board on request. International and local telephone and telex services available on shore. Mobile telephone coverage provided, GSM 850/1800 and 3G 850/2100 (2013).


    Banking facilities available in Barranca and Puntarena, approx. 10 km. from the port.


    Repatriation: Crew changes and repatriation possible.

    Identification Cards: On landing, crew members and passengers in transit must carry identity documents which are to be submitted to the Port Authority.

    Seaman´s Clubs: None.


    Puerto Caldera SPC, Espíritu Santo, Esparza, Costa Rica. Tel: +506 2634 9500. Fax: +506 2634 4595. Contact: Ricardo Ospina Leon, General manager. T: +506 2634 9500 (ext. 101)., Juan Carlos Mora Prez, Operations Manager. T: +506 2634 9531 (ext. 301). M: +506 8340 2851.

    Head Office: Instituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacifico, Puerto de Caldera, America Central, Costa Rica.Tel: +506 2634 9100, 506 2634 9105. Contact: Ivan Lastro Barbado, Port

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