Bonaire: Bopec Terminal

Port Information

The BOPEC Terminal is located on the northern part of Bonaire in position 12°13’ North and 68°23’ West. The facilities consist of two “T Head” jetties with shore storage tanks for transshipment of crude oil. Operations commenced on September 17, 1975. Jetty no. 2 was opened on November 27, 1976. Shore facilities handle up to 400,000 barrels of dirty ballast. Up to four tugboats and two line-boats assist with berthing sailing and their use is compulsory. Berthing is usually port-side and Bopec’s gangway is used.

Minimum draft for vessels in ballast

It is compulsory to adhere to the minimum drafts, as noted below. The government pilot can refuse to bring a vessel alongside, when the draft and trim is not sufficient. Maximum trim allowed is 10 feet.

Minimum draft for tankers in ballast entering the harbours of Bonaire.

Gross register Draft in Feet   Gross register Draft in Feet
0-15000 11 – 18 50000-55000 18-27
15000-19000 12 – 19 55000-60000 19-28
19000-25000 13 – 20 60000-65000 20-29
25000-29000 14 – 21 65000-70000 21-30
29000-35000 14 – 22 70000-75000 22-31
35000-40000 15 – 23 75000-80000 23-32
40000-45000 16 – 24 80000- 24-33
45000-50000 17 – 25

Draft may be more, but trim should not exceed 10 feet.

Mooring facilities Jetty No. 1

Berth No. 1 consists of an operating platform 132 feet 10 inches long facing the sea and 94 feet (28.65m) wide toward the shore, with two 24-inch and two 12-inch swivel jointed steel loading arms for the transfer of petroleum products. The waterfront side of the platform is 22 feet 3 inches inside and away from the ship’s side.

This jetty is designed for tankers from 30,000 DWT to 50,0000 DWT and the depth alongside is 120 feet and maximum vessel draft 95 feet (28.96m). The largest ship handled to date was «Esso Pacific.»

Mooring facilities Jetty No. 2 

Berth No.2 consists of a triangle operating platform 49 feet long (14.94m) facing the sea and 42 feet 6 inches (12.95m) wide towards shore, with three 12-inch swivel jointed steel loading arms for the transfer of petroleum products. The waterfront side of the platform is 11 feet 6 inches inside and away from the ship’s side.

This jetty is 1760 feet east of jetty no. 1 and was designed for tankers 20,000 DWT to 80,000 DWT but has been upgraded to take tankers up to 135,000 DWT with 30% ballast or partly loaded. Depth alongside is 57 feet and maximum draft is 48 feet (14.63m).

 

Jetty Max. Draft Max DWT(MT) Cargo Arms Side A/side Bunkers Slops  F. Water 
# 1  95 feet (28.96m)  500,000 2×12 inch FWD then 2×16 inch.  Portside  No  Yes (*)  Yes
 # 2 49.5 feet (15.0 m)  135,000 2×12 inch FWD then 1×10 inch.  Portside  No  Yes (*)  Yes

(*) Slops: may be accepted in terminal’s ballast system provided that same are free of chemicals and paraffin. Subject to inspection/acceptance by terminal on berthing.

Pilotage

Pilotage at Bonaire is compulsory for all vessels and available 24 hours. The pilot and Berthing Master are one and the same. He is a government employee and his services are covered by a government published tariff. The pilot will board the vessel at the established arrival point in latitude 12°12’2” North and longitude 68°26’6” West, which is 3.5 miles 251° true from the jetty.

Deballasting 

All ballast water and tank cleaning slops free of chemicals, are to be discharged into the terminal’s ballast receiving system. Permanent ballast in specially designated tanks, not connected to the oil transfer system may be discharged overboard. However for vessels discharging ballast waters in the waters of the island territory of Bonaire, this ballast must be clean oceanic water, devoid of any obvious riverine or coastal influence and must be taken at least 12 miles offshore. (Note: Pilot will present to Master a ballast water declaration to be signed prior berthing).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonaire: Cargill Salt Company Terminal

 

General Description

Operated by Cargill Salt Company, the “Saliňa Pier” is a bulk salt loading facility 5 miles south of Kralendijk at 12°5’5” West.

Pier information: T-Head jetty with conveyor and semi-fixed sput for loading salt for Cargill.

 

Lenght: 187.2 meters
Depth alongside: 13.72 meters
Max. Loading: 2,000 tons/hour
5 breasting dolphins
2 mooring dolphins

Pilotage

For all ports in Bonaire, pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 50 GRT. Service is rendered 24 hours a day on ordinary weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

 

Pilot Boarding Area

The salt pier pilot station is located at 12°8’3” North and 68°17’4” West.

 

General Information

Largest vessel handled “Nelvana” 44,340 GRT / 74,973 DWT / 797’ LOA. Vessels warp along berthing line, any shore labor, tugs or launches used for warping are for vessel’s account. Holds to be clean, dry and free from rust scale. Lime-washing not always a charterer’s requirement and lime is available locally in limited quantities. No water or bunkers available at berth. Stowage factor coarse salt generally 30.3-32.7, fine salt 28.0-29.8. Only clean oceanic ballast water taken from at least 12 miles offshore permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonaire: Port of Kralendijk

General Description

Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire, has three piers which can accommodate any ship including “Queen Elizabeth 2” and “Canberra.” This is the port for break-bulk and container cargo and all cruise ships.

  1. Ro-Ro Pier

For ships of maximum 330 feet long, 18 feet draft, 5,000 GRT.

  1. Southern Pier (New Pier)

Vessels up to 100,000 DWT and 1,050 feet long can dock but it is generally used by cruise ships and larger cargo ships. Inshore of the pier is a Ro-Ro ramp used by vessels up to 300 feet in length and 16 feet draft.

Pier dimensions:

  Length:  394 feet
  Width:  46 feet
  Depth alongside:  33 feet
  Height above water level:  6 feet
  Max. Load factor per cubic meter:  2000 kg

 

  1. Northern Pier

Usually used by cruise ships. Vessels up 738” LOA and 50,000 DWT may berth. Close to shops, restaurant, Old Fort, Wilhelmina Park, new Sea Promenade and other attractions.

Pier dimensions:

 

Length: 225 feet
Width: 50 feet
Depth alongside: 33 feet
Height above water level: 6 feet
Max. Load factor per cubic meter: 2000 kg

 

Pilot age

For all ports in Bonaire pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 50 GRT. Service is rendered 24 hours a day on ordinary weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Pilot boards harbour of Kralendijk

One mile west of Kralendijk Piers, south of the Island of Klein Bonaire, Pilot boards from orange pilot boat “Bub.i” The Kralendijk pilot station is located at 12°8’3” North and 68°17’4” West.

De-ballasting

Any ballast discharged at Bonaire must be clean, oceanic water taken from at least 12 miles offshore. Pilot will present Master a “Ballast water declaration” to sign.