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Location: Port Moin, latitude 10 grades 0 minutes 30 second north, longitude 83 grades 5 minutes west.

Port Authority: Japdeva (channel 16 or 10)

AUTHORITY: Head Office: Junta de Administracion Portuaria y de Desarrollo, Economico de la Vertiente Atlantica (JAPDEVA), Apartado Postal 1320-7300, Costa Rica. Tel: +506 2758 0567. Fax: +506 2758 3229. http://www.japdeva.go.cr

Port Office: Junta de Administracion Portuaria y de Desarrollo, Costa Rica. Tel: +506 2795 4143. Fax: +506 2795 3316. http://www.japdeva.go.cr Contact: Luis Navarro Roldan, Intendente Portuario. lnavarro@japdeva.go.cr

Berth: Moin Pier 5-1

Channel Width: 270 meters

Basin Depth : 13,50 meters bellow M.S.I

Maximum Draft Alongside: 12,30 meters

Tide Range : 0,3 meters

Water density at 20C: 1025kg/m3

Water density at 28C: 1023 kg/m3

Approaches: Approach channel length 1,100 m., width 200 m., depth 14.0 m.

Anchorages: Vessels anchor 1.0 n.m. off the port near the Fairway/Sea Buoy in depth 14.0–15.0 m.

Operator: Refineria de Recope en Moin. Tel: +506 2257 9626, 2284 4940, 2284 4942. erick.solano@recope.go.cr http://www.recope.go.cr

Entrance: Direct entrance from open sea, pilot board the ship at half mile from port, authorities visit the vessel once docked at pier


Anchorage Area

At half mile from port, with a draft between 14-15mts



Compulsory, available throughout 24 hours. Pilot boards in position , approx. 1.5 n.m. north of the port.

Moin Pilot listens on VHF Channel 16 and works on VHF Channel 10.

To berth on arrival, vessels should arrive at Puerto Limon before 1500 hrs.

Pilot ladder to be rigged on the starboard side as per IMPA/SOLAS requirements 1.0 m. above the water.

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

Big vessels are only berthed during day light



1-ETA Requirements

ETA messages must be sent to agents in Port Moin upon leaving the loading port, and 72/48/24 hours before arrival time. Any ETA of more than 2 hours within 24 hours of arrival at loading or discharging port should be reported. Your ETA message should include the following:

  • Draugth
  • Distance to Port Moin.
  • Speed in the last 24 hrs.


2-Docking Practices

Recope Terminal require the use of adequately powered tugs to ensure control of ship movement when docking.

Port Authority will provide piloits and tugs. There 3 tugs available.


3– Mooring

Docker are on duty to handle mooring lines when docking. Two or three men will connect hoses to the vessel. They will remain on shore near your ship for any emergency and one of them will keep direct radio communication.


4- General Guindance for Mooring

  • General Mooring layout symmetric to the contour of the ship.
  • Lines in the same service (breast lines, stern lines, spring lines, etc.) should be of same length, size, and material.
  • All mooring lines should be kept taut all time.
  • If the ship has the tension winches, they should be set for manual operation and brakes securely applied.
  • Wires are not permitted to be moored directly to shore bollards, all wires in use shall have nylon or polypropylene tails.
  • Synthetic ropes must be used as head lines to the dolphin.


5- Responsibility of owners and Masters:

The owners and / or operator, and the Master are responsible for the condition of the vessel alongside the terminal, the master is responsible for safe conduct of operations on board. The terminal has established these regulations and certain procedures to implement them including vessel inspections. Terminal personnel are not experts, and it is neither expected that they locate all safety hazards nor be responsible for any vessel condition alongside the terminal whether inspected or not, nor they assume any responsibility for the safe conduct of operations on the vessel.


6- Emergency Situation:

In case of emergency, all transfer operations are to be stopped immediately and terminal shall be notified. Emergency situations include the following:

  • Oil spill of any kind
  • Fire or explosion on the vessel or dock, it doesn’t matter how small.
  • Surging caused by a passing vessel, failure of terminal/vessel communication system, etc., which could be reasonably affect the safety of transfers operations or result in an oil spill incident.


7- Declaration of Inspection:

The declaration of inspection- ship/shore safety check list- shall be signed after performing a safety inspection before any transfer operations starts.


8- Inspections

The Master or his designate shall have the vessel inspected at least of every for hours while at dock to ensure continual compliance with all terminal rules. He shall warn the terminal representative if any hazardous situation is detected. This inspection shall include a survey of pomp room, and any other appropriate areas of the vessel of the vessels with a combustible gas indicator to determine if they are gas free. The terminal representative may accompany the master or his designate to observe the required inspections being performed but he is not responsible for its results.


9- Loading Port Samples:

Loading port samples shall be given to the loading master in the presence of surveyor prior to any cargo transfer operations.


10- Gangways

Your vessel must apply a least one gangway is rigged properly and safely with handrails. The use of a safety net is compulsory. Your vessel will not be considered docked until a suitable gangway is rigged. Everybody should leave or aboard the vessel by the gangway.


11- Minimum Number of Personnel:

All vessels must be adequately manned for firefighting, vacating the berth in case of emergency, and conducting cargo, ballasting, and bunker operations.


12- Cargo Transfer Procedures:

The terminal representative will hold a pre – transfer meeting. Any question about terminal regulations, details of cargo transfer operations (vessel pumping program), and terminal request will be discussed. Also a joint inspection will be conducted to fill up and sign the declaration of inspection (ship/shore safety check list)


13- Connection of hoses:

  • Each cargo hose shall be connected and properly supported to a fix pipe.
  • After completion all transfer operations, cargo hoses shall be drained and vessel manifold valves shall be closed. Both shall be fitted with blank flanges.


14- Unused Cargo Bunker Manifold:

All unused cargo, bunkers and stern discharge lines shall have blank flanges securely fitted.


15- Allowable loading and discharging conditions:

  • The maximum allowable loading for discharging pressure is 16 kg/cm2 for LPG and 10.5 kg/cm2 for crude oil and all other products.
  • The terminal representative may ask the vessel for any particular loading rate required for certain products of individual cargo tanks.
  • For refrigerated LPG cargoes, the maximum and minimum temperatures shall be +10C and -10C respectively.


16- Loading Rate and Advanced Notice:

When loading, the terminal representative and the vessel representative will agree on the final topping –off rate. The vessel shall give thirty minutes advance noticed to dock personnel prior to finishing a topping-off operation.


17- Weather Conditions:

Electrical storms or still air may develop hazardous conditions. During an electrical storm, cargo or bunker transfer operations shall be stopped.


18- Radio Contact:

One man who speaks and understand English will be on duty at all times. This person will be in radio contact with the ship on channel VHF 73.


19- Inert Gas System:

  • Any vessel equipped with a properly working inert gas system shall keep cargo thanks inert except any gas-free tank.
  • Any vessel having an inert gas system used as the primary fire protection system for cargo tanks shall have the system operable at all times during cargo transfer operations.
  • Reduction of inert gas pressure in cargo tanks shall be allowed for purpose of sampling, gauging, and inspections with the terminal representative approval.


20- Shut-down Procedure:

To prevent excessive pressure and possible rupture of cargo hoses or gaskets, the following should be observed:

  • Close to shore valve first when shutting down a loading operation.
  • Close to shore valve first when shutting down a discharging operation.


21- Vessel Unable to Maintain an Adequate Discharging Rate:

Vessel unable to maintain an adequate rate due to equipment failures or other reasons may be asked by the terminal representative to immediately disconnect hoses and leave the berth.


22- Event or Casualties during Passages:

The master is responsible for informing the terminal representative, as soon as possible about any event or casualty that occurred during ballasting and/or loading of sea passage which may give reasons for worry; e.g: engine breakdown, any fire, grounding, collision, hull leakage, structural damage, safety equipment malfunctions, etc. Such notification shall be prior docking, and as soon as possible after docking prior to cargo transfer operations. A verbal report will be satisfactory for the initial notification, and a written report shall also be prepared as soon as possible if required by the terminal representative.


23- Compliance with Terminal Regulations:

  • Every deck officer shall read and comply with these rules and regulations prior to assuming a cargo deck watch.
  • If the event of continue flagrant disregard of these safety requirements by any vessel, all operations will be stopped upon notice, and the ship will be ordered to leave the berth for appropriate action to be taken by the charterers and owners concerned.



1- Fire Hoses / Water Pressure:

  • At least two forward and two aft fire hoses shall be uncoiled and connected to the fire main on ship deck prior to or arrival to the terminal. Which may not be required if the ship is adequately equipped with fire monitors.
  • There shall adequate water pressure in vessel fire main for fire-fighting while alongside berth.
  • Fire hoses or monitors should be directed toward the ship manifold in use.


2- Portable Fire Extinguishers:

At least two portable fire extinguishers, preferably of the dry chemical type, shall be conveniently placed for use near the ship manifold.


3- Emergency Towing-off Pennants :

Emergency towing off pennants shall be properly rigged at bow and quarter of the ship offshore side. These should be kept near the water surface at all times


4- Gangway Warding:

A notice shall be displayed at the gangway with the following wording English, Spanish or both languages:


Warning Advertencia

No open lights No luces al descubierto

No smoking No fumar

No visitors No visitantes


5- Smoking Areas:

The master shall state the places whare the crew may smoke with the concurrence of the terminal representative.

  • The use of cigarrete lighters or matches other than safety matches are forbidden aboard the vessel and at terminal at all times.


6- Hatches and Plates / Vent Flame Screens:

  • All hatches and plates shall be properly closed.
  • All ullage holes should be properly fitted with flame screens in good condition.
  • All pressure vacuum valves of tank vent systems shall have proper flame screens


7- Flashlight:

  • All flashlights in use shall be explosion proof.


8- Ship Main Transmitting Aerials:

  • Ship main radio transmitting aerials are to Be switched off while alongside the berth.


9- Portable Electrical Equipment:

Portable electrical equipment on the weather deck or hazardous areas must be disconnected from power while alongside at berth.


10- Galley Fires and Cooking Appliances:

  • Galley burners should be adjusted to ensure efficient combustion and to prevent stack fires and sparks from incandescent soot.
  • If bottled gas equipment in used, the gas must contain an additive with a distinctive odor.
  • Sufficient fires extinguishers shall always be provided near the galley.
  • Oily rags and fat shall not be allowed to accumulate.
  • The exhaust fan ventilators shall be kept clean.


11- Engines Room and Boiler Room Prevention:

  • Burners, tubes, uptakes, manifolds, and spark arresters shall be in good conditions.
  • Funnel uptakes and boiler tubes shall not be blown while the vessel is at berth.
  • Highly volatile cleaning solvents shall not in the engine room.


12- Unauthorized Crafts Alongside Vessel:

  • No crafts except tugs shall come alongside the vessel while operations are going on without prior permission of the terminal representative.
  • When a craft is authorized to come alongside, a ship officer shall instruct craft personnel that smoking, naked lights, and cooking appliance regulations must be observed.


13- Red Warning Signal:

Vessel shall display a red flag by day and red light by night while alongside at berth.


14- Tank Washing:

Neither crude oil washing nor tank washing with water can be performed without prior approval of the terminal.


15- Repair Works:

If repair works need to be done on board while at the terminal, the master or his designate must obtain permission from the terminal representative. Certain types of repairs include but are not limited to:

  • Repairs requiring welding or hot work.
  • Repairs to main engine, steering machinery, or other equipment that might inmobilize the vessel.
  • Repairs to vessel radios, telephones or radar equipment.


16- Suspension of Transfer Operations:

  • The terminal representative may suspend cargo operations if any of these safety rules and regulations is not followed. Notice in advance shall be given to master or his designate.
  • The Mater or his designate shall suspend transfer operations if he feels the terminal conditions are unsafe. Notice in advance be given to the terminal representative.



A- Fire on Board:

  • Sound ship alarm continuously during ten second or more.
  • Sound the general alarm bell for not less ten seconds.
  • Fight the fire.
  • Stop all pumping operations.
  • Notify dock operator who will initiate emergency procedures.

B- Fire Ashore and/or Another Vessel Alongside:

  • Stop all pumping operations.
  • Be ready for hose disconnection.
  • Prepare vessel for departure
  • Await instructions from terminal representative.




  • Scuppers or Drains:
  • All scupper or drains should be properly plugged.


  • Line Displacement:
  • The terminal representative may require a line displacement check per product to verify line fullness.


  • Inspections over the Side:

Ship personnel shall inspect over the side (at least once an hour) to ensure that no oil has been spilled into the water.


  • Sea Suction Valve Seals:

Including segregated ballast systems, sea suction valves shall be sealed while alongside the berth. These seals shall not be broken without a representative written permission.


  • Pump Room Inspection:

During cargo transfer, the ship representative shall make frequent inspections of pump room to determine if these areas are gas free and without leaks.



Clean Products:

When delivering multigrade cargoes, Recope requires vessel to discharge simultaneously Jet Fuel, Diesel and Gasolines. Please confirm this issue to get Recope’s approval for the vessel.

Configuration of shore connections at discharge Port Moin requires the vessel to discharge through center manifold connections as follows:

Jet Fuel parcel using connections toward bow side, Gasolines’ parcels using connections toward stern side and Diesel using connections between Jet Fuel and Gasoline connections (±middle). This is to avoid crossing of hoses on shore.

Total distance between shore lines in shore manifold is 9 meters total (total width of shore manifold)


Waste Disposal: Service available on request through Agent before arrival in port.

Slops Disposal: Service available. Contact Agent

Medical: Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro, Limon.


Fuel: Available. Contact Agent.

Police / Ambulance / Fire: Emergency Tel: 911 or 112. Medical (Cruz Roja Costarricense) http://www.cruzroja.or.cr

Security / Gangway: Recommended vessels take precautions.

Watchmen: Available with notice. Contact Agent.

Local Holidays: Port works throughout 24 hours, and is only closed on 1 May and presidential Election Day (every 4 years).

Weather / Tides: Tidal surge may occur when winds come from the north, occasionally in December and January.

Telephones: Mobile telephone coverage provided, GSM 850/1800 and 3G 850/2100 (2013).

Nearest Airport: Limon Domestic Airport, 9 km. San Jose International Airport, 153 km.

Connections: Served by Highways 32 and 36. Highway 32 (the Guapiles Highway) runs east–west to San Jose; Highway 32 is a busy road which coils steeply down the mountains and is often fog-bound, landslides are frequent resulting in its closure. Highway 36 is coastal, running southbound to the border with Panama.

Customs: One packet of cigarettes may be taken ashore. No alcohol may be taken ashore.

Shore Leave: Crew members are allowed to go ashore.

Repatriation: Facilities available.

Seaman’s Club: None



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