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Puerto Punta Morales


84º 58’ 11” WEST LONG – 10º 3` 45” NORTH LAT



Punta Morales is located in Chomes county, Province of Puntarenas.  10.0 n.m. NW of Puntarenas in the Golfo de Nicoya

This terminal is destined for the export of raw sugar, molasses and import and export of ethanol.

Terminal consists of a T-Head jetty in open waters, among its
features are: having a docking system or dolphings through bollards and
floating buoys, equipped with a navigation beacon and a cathodic
protection system.

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



Max Length is 190 mts
Max Draft is 10,5mts.
Max Channel Draft is 11.0 mts.
Night berthing maneouvres: not allowed
Air draft restriction: No
tugs: compulsory
Shore crane available: No.
services to ships: ship chandler available
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 piers:

Punta Morales terminal has 1 pier:

Pier Length Draft Purpose
1 190 mts 10.5 mts Liquid and bulk cargo


The Customs authorities now stipulate that:

All cargo on board of the vessel with destination Costa Rica must be manifested.
The manifest and Bills of lading must be registered in the customs Systems (TICA) 48hrs before ship´s arrival
Cargoes entering and have not been manifested will be confiscated in the Port´s terminals.
Violations of this rules will have the following consequences

Any ship that has not been entered into customs system (TICA) will not be docked.
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 declaration.
2 tonnage certificate
Original last port clearence

Direct entrance from open sea, pilot board the ship at 10 miles from port, authorities visit the vessel once docked at pier

Anchorage Area

10 miles in front of St. Lucas Islands



Compulsory for larger vessels. Pilot boards 10.0 n.m. off the
berth in position Pilot ladder/gangway to be rigged 1.0 m. above the
water on the portside as per IMPA/SOLAS requirements.


In Punta Morales, the gangway should be at portside, on 1mt of
sea level. Weather conditions suitable for docking and undocking
manoeuvres, subject to discretion of pilot’s office.


Eta: 72hrs, 48hrs, 24 in advance

Water Density: 1,019

Port security facilities: All port
facilities in terminal and main areas have closed circuit television
monitored 24hrs, the Port’s Punta Morales has the ISPS specifications.


Work days

Punta Morales terminal work 24hrs 7 days per week.


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

ISPS PSFO Contact: Alcides Picado apicado@laica.co.cr Tel: +506 2661 0120.


Tides and currents

The maximum increase of tides is 10.37” and the smallest 7” winds speed can be very variable during the year.


Web Links



Charts: BA Charts No. 1024 and 1931.

Publications:  BA Pacific Coasts of Central America Pilot, NP 8.

ISPS Compliance:  Port is compliant.

Max Size :  Displacement 30,000 tonnes, LOA 190 m., breadth 25.0 m., draft 10.5 m.

Restrictions:  Berthing during daylight hours only.

Weather:  Due to the exposed nature of the berth, berthing may be delayed due to weather conditions.

Tugs: Compulsory.

Berths:   T-head
jetty, berth consists of loading platform and 2 fender dolphins length
71 m., with non-linked mooring dolphin length 163 m. Mooring buoys up to
distance 300 m. from the centre of the berth. Berth face 151°/331°(T).
Equipped with cathodic protection system. Berth face to silo 315 m.

Cargoes handled fuel alcohol, raw sugar and molasses.

Tanker Facilities:  Shore manifold
water line to manifold for wine LW 14.25 m., HW 12.21 m. Alcohol (Fuel)
and molasses 8 in. × 8.0 m. flexible hose, max. pressure 150 psi,
manifold height 10.97 m. Alcohol loading rate 350 tonnes/hr., molasses
200 tonnes/hr. Line capacity 500 tonnes/hr. Alcohol pipeline tank farm
to berth face capacity 43.0 cu.m. Molasses pipeline tank farm to berth
face capacity 45.0 cu.m.

Medical:  Hospital available at Puntarenas, also private medical centers available, pls contact agent.

Fresh Water:  Contact Agent.

Fuel:  Contact Agent.

Chandlery:   Ship chandler available. Contact Agent.

Police / Ambulance / Fire:  Emergency: Tel: 911 or 2661-0120

Weather / Tides:    Tidal Range:  LW 0.3 m.; HW 2.5 m.; HHW 3.1 m.; LLW –0.3 m. (CD).

Shore Leave:   Contact Agent.

Identification Cards:  Required.

Authority : 

Operator Head Office:  Instituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacifico INCOP, Puerto de Caldera, América Central, Costa Rica.  Tel: +506 2634 9100, 2634 9105.  contraloria@incop.go.cr Webpage: http://www.incop.go.cr.  Contact: Ing. Luis Antonio Rojas V. Director de  Operaciones. T: +506 2634 9160.  lrojas@incop.go.cr


Port Office:  Punta Morales, Costa Rica. Tel: +506 2661 0120.  Fax: +506 2634 4146 Máximo Alpizar malpizar@laica.co.cr http://www.incop.go.cr


AGENT: SPC Shipping S.A.