|Port of Santa Marta|
The growing port of Santa Marta Colombia is a remarkable location for many reasons. First, it sits on the Caribbean Sea at the northern tip of South America just at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Santa Marta is a natural deep port, sheltered and basking in one of the best climates on the planet, this was the first city founded by the Spanish back in 1525 primarily because of the ideal port location. The port iteslf has great capicity, it boasts post-panamax capability with a deepwater approach and >60 foot draft dockside in a natural seeing with no dredging required.
Cartagena is the largest port in Colombia and is Colombia's main oil exporting port. Intermodal traffic is being expanded and is expected to handle between 6 and 7 million TEU's within in two years. Cartagena is home to a variety of private ports including Dole, BASF, Cemex, Dow Chemicals, DuPont, and Reficar SA.
Santa Marta enjoys a different product mix. Santa Marta a port authority that is a publlic/private parthership. The largest export from Santa Marta is coal mined from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. In addition, the port accomodates roll on roll off (ro-ro), grains and intermodal. The port is ISO 14001 certified and has the distinction of being the first port outside of the European Union to be officially named an environmentally friendly port or a "green" port.
Considerable capital investment was required to deliver the green port status. Much of that has to do with how coal exports are handled. Structures have been constructed to reduce wind impact, semi lifts have been installed, hydrochemical dust management systems prevent the excape of coal dust during the unloading process into a closed auger system that delivers coal to the bulk ships. This has preserved the undersea environment surrounding the port which is healthy and thriving. In order to maintain the certification, the port is inspected including the undersea areas.
|Closed Coal Auger|
|Fyifes - Bananas headed to UK and EU|
Barranquilla is a large port that enjoys fresh water shipping access via the Magdelena River and is a home to a large zona franca that confers tax benefits and exclusion from duties until point of export or after value add activities. The zona franca of Barranquilla is very large in terms of industrial presence with the most important Colombian companies holding a presence in this particular port due the the large zona franca. Santa Marta also has a zona franca, mostly utilized by ro-ro traffic.
|Ro-Ro Load to Zona Franca|
|Port of Santa Marta from the beach|