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Puerto Puntarenas


On the Pacific Coast on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Nicoya. Across the bay from Caldera, 7.40 n.m. SE of the quay.


Port Puntarenas handles mainly cruise vessels, army vessels and scientific vessels. Within a sheltered bay, but exposed to the south.


Charts: BA Charts No. 2154 and 2497.

NGA Chart No. 21546.

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



Vessels usually berth/unberth throughout 24 hours. Recommended that vessels not equipped with radar enter in daylight only.
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.
Max Length is 265mts

Max Draft is 10.50
Max Channel Draft is 11.5 mts.
No daylight restriction
Air draft restriction: No
tugs: compulsory
Shore crane available: No.
Services to ships: ship chandler available


Water Density:


Max Size: Depth 10.5 m. (LW).

Passengers: Depth 10.5 m. (LW).


Documents for authorities:

6 crew list
6 port of call
2 vaccination list.
2 Ship Particulars
2 Health maritime declaration
6 nil list (no arms, no drugs, no stowaways, etc.)
2 Crew list departure
2 ship store declaration.
2 Cargo Manifest
3 Crew effects declaration
2 Inward Reports
3 Ship Stores Declaration
1 Ship Sanitation Control (Exemption) Certificate
2 International Tonnage Certificate
1 Last Port Clearance (plus 2 copies)


Pilotage: Compulsory for berthing. The owner, Master or Agent of a vessel must report the vessel’s ETA 24 hours and 12 hours in advance.

Pilot Boarding Station: All vessels must wait for the Pilot in position Lat. 09° 57′ 18″ N, Long. 084° 48′ 00″ W.

Anchorages: 1.0 n.m. off of Caldera, depths suitable for drafts 12.0–13.0 m.

Pratique: 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.

Pre-Arrival Information: Agent must be advised 72, 48 and 24 hours before arrival, indicating amount of cargo to be discharged in tons. 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 port.

The following information should be included in the ETA message:

Vessel name, shipping line and Agent
Master′s name
national flag
last ports of call
vessel’s LOA, draft and beam
tonnage and cargo type/class to be loaded/discharged and in transit
Stowage plan of cargo.
VHF: Radio Costera Caldera ″CBA 5″ listens on Channel 16 throughout 24 hours. servicioscpcld@directemar.cl

Tugs: 1×41 tons BP and 1×42 tons BP berthed at Caldera.


Berth Length Draft Cargo
(m.) (m.)
Cruiser Pier
1 265 10.5 Passengers
2 265 10.5 Passengers

Passenger Facilities:

Cruiser Pier: Finger quay causeway length 370 m., width approx. 9.0 m. Berth length 182 m., with 1 linked fender dolphin length 225 m. and one linked mooring dolphin length 271 m., Berth face 169°/349°(T). Vessels berth both sides of the finger quay.

Ocean-going cruise vessels handled alongside.

Stevedores: Available throughout 24 hours.

Medical: Facilities available in Puntarenas city. Hospital Monsenor Sanabria Martinez. ralvarej@ccss.sa.cr, also private medical centers at Puntarenas (pls contact agent)

Fresh Water: Available. Contact Agent.

Fuel: Available by road tanker.

Police / Ambulance / Fire: Emergency: 911.

Telephones: No connection to vessels. Mobile telephone coverage GSM 1800 (2014).

Nearest Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, 84 km.

Shore Leave: Allowed, contact Agent.

Identification Cards: Required.


Authority: 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


ISPS PSFO Contact: Rodolfo Mata, rmata@incop.go.cr. Tel: +506 2634-9161


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