La Romana

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PORT: La Romana

COUNTRY: Dominican Republic


1. LOCATION: On the Romana River, SE of the Dominican Republic.

2. OVERVIEW: Primarily a sugar and molasses (also furfural) loading port for the Central Romana sugar mill. It is also used for handling various import cargoes (fuel, lumber, steel and general cargo) for the sugar mill, and more recently some containers are handled in and out for the industrial free zone manufacturers established in La Romana.

3. MAXIMUM SIZE: LOA 187.4 m., beam 27.43 m., draft 10.0 m. on sailing, but only 7.31 m. for arrival.

Maximum draft is strictly enforced by Pilot and other authorities, as a greater draft is dangerous because of obstructions at the entrance channel.

4. TRAFFIC: Handles containerized cargo, sugar, molasses and general cargoes.

5. PILOTAGE: Compulsory.

6. TUGS: One tug of 620 h.p. available and compulsory. Extra charge for use of tug's line. Additional tugs may be requested, with 48–72 hours' notice, before arrival.

7. BERTHS: The pier is 220 m. long and the apron is approximately 19.8 m. wide; the wharf is about 2.5 m. above the waterline.

8. CRANES: Sugar is loaded mechanically by conveyor belts directly from the warehouse to the ship using three spouts. Average loading rate is 400–500 t.p.h., depending on vessel size and configuration.

Small motor cranes may be hired for handling general cargo, which must be loaded directly onto railroad flat cars and be removed from ship's side.

9. WASTE DISPOSAL: Information not available

10. SLOPS DISPOSAL:  Information not available.

11. WATER: Available from 2 inches pipeline on pier at 8–10 t.p.h.

12. FUEL: Fuel and diesel are available by truck only, and in limited quantities (5,000 or 10,000 US gallons), due to the logistics of delivering from the refinery in Haina. Delivery is also subject to permission from Central Romana. Contact Agent.

13. CHANDLERY: Information not available.

14. CONTACT: Central Romana Corporation Ltd., Oficinas Hotel Santo Domingo, Ave. Independencia esq. Abraham Lincoln, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Tel: +1 809 533 9620.