Curacao: St. Michiels bay
St. Michiel’s Bay is a public bay. The Curaçao Ports Authority NV owns the single mooring buoy (SMB) at this bay. St Michiel’s Bay is a sheltered, deep water bay with clear water where underwater operations are performed. Increasingly popular as a diving area, this bay attracts tourists throughout the year. The deep-water mooring buoy facility is especially suitable for large vessels and is ideal for carrying out underwater cleaning and repairs. The bay’s safe waters, availability of ship maintenance, repair and supply and companies, attractive harbor rates and close proximity to shore (198 meters), are added advantages of this bay.
• Location: St. Michiel’s Bay is located on the South coast of Curaçao, 8km West of Willemstad.
• General overview: St. Michiel’s Bay is open with good protection from prevailing winds and the sea. The SMB is utilized as an anchoring facility for large vessels with dangerous cargo and for carrying out underwater cleaning and minor repairs. Repairs and cargo handling are effected by the use of barges. All services are arranged via Willemstad.
• Max size: Approx. 350,000 dwt.
• Tugs: Available from Willemstad. Under normal conditions: vessels up to 213m LOA use 1 tug and vessels over 213m use 2 tugs.
• Mooring information: Vessels are moored with their stern to the buoy. A bow anchor is used to keep the vessel head in deep water.
• Berths: No berths available. The SMB is 198m of the shoreline with a water depth of 39.6m. The buoy is 2.7m in height and 5.48m in diameter, chained to two shore anchors by means of 2 x 120mm stud link chains and has two hooks to tie up the vessel. It is equipped with a load monitor.
• Storage Facilities: No storage facilities available.
• Bunker Facilities: No bunker facilities available.
• Barges: Several barges are available.
• Ballast/slop reception: Available by barge.
St. Michiels Bay (Curacao)