Saint Lucia

Consular

Leading nations are represented, these nations include, Great Britain, France, Cuba, the Republic of China, Venezuela, Mexico and others.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollars pegged to the US Dollar exchange rate $2.7169.

Customs

Visitors are permitted to import 40oz of spirits 200 cigarettes plus gifts up to a value of US 100.00 per year.

Documentation

The following documents must be completed legibly in English to be submitted by vessels and aircraft for clearance on entry and departure in Saint Lucia.

General Declaration

Signed by the Captain at the Ports or the First Officer at the Airports

Cargo Manifest 3 Copies
Passenger Manifest 4 Copies
General Declaration for Customs 2 Copies
General Declaration of Health 1 Copy

Immigration

Visitors must hold a valid passport or other acceptable documentation a return ticket and a place of accommodation. Visitors from the United States may present a US passport, an original birth certificate plus photo ID or a valid driver’s license. Visitors from Canada may present a valid Canadian passport, an original birth certificate plus photo ID or a valid driver’s licence. Visitors from the UK and Western Europe may present a valud passport of their country. Entry visas are not required except for nationals of certain countries specified by the Government of Saint Lucia.

Immunisation

No immunisation is currently required to enter into Saint Lucia.

Language

English/Creole.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day
Independence Day (February 22)
Good Friday
Easter Monday Labour Day (May 1)
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi
Emancipation Day
Thanksgiving Day
National Day (December 13)
Christmas Day
Christmas Holiday (December 26)

Sea and Airport Tariffs

Available on request.

Tide

The tidal range in Saint Lucia’s waters is approximately 0.5 m.

Time

Local time GMT minus 4 hours.

Weather

The island of Saint Lucia enjoys a tropical climate with good weather all year round, but tropical storms can occur during the months of June through October.

Port Castries

Port Castries

Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority, Manoel Street, PO Box 651, Castries, Saint Lucia

Telephone: 1 758 457-6100 | Fax: 1 758 457-6190
Email: info@slaspa.com | Website: www.slaspa.com | Location: Latitude 14° 01’N, Longitude 61° 00’W

Advising Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

At least 48 hours advance notice of ETA to be submitted by agent. A formal application for birth (Form No.1) must be submitted at this time. On the day of arrival Vessels must contact Castries Signal Station on VHF channel 16 at least three (3) hours in advance of their ETA at the Pilot Station.

Airport

George F L Charles Airport, (formerly known as Vigie Airport) which, due to its size and proximity to the capital city Castries, plays host to a number of general aviation and commuter airlines linking Saint Lucia to the other territories of the Eastern Caribbean.

Anchorages

Outer Anchorages:

1) While awaiting a pilot, vessels may anchor one mile NW of Vigie Point in a depth of 22m with good holding in rock and sand. No shelter. 2) 2.5 cables NW of Vigie point in depths of about 20m with good holding ground in coral and sand. Shelter is provided from the east but there is little swinging room. 3) In addition, cruise vessels which anchor outside the port and tender their passengers ashore, have been designated specific anchorage locations at positions: North of Port Entrance 14° 01·5´ N 061° 00·8´ W South of Port Entrance 14° 01·23´ N 061° 00·9´ W

Internal Anchorages:

Anchorage with good holding ground but little swinging room, is available inside the harbour for small vessels.

Approaches

The two Leading Lights line up to a True Bearing of 121° entering the harbour and reciprocally 301° leaving the harbour. The lights are coloured red with a visible range of 5 miles. Their day marks are white and orange striped triangles, the forward triangle apex up, and the rear triangle apex down. The channel is 7 cables long, 400 ft wide, with minimum depth 42 ft.

Banking

Banks are within walking distance of the Port.

Berths

General Cargo:

Berth #1: 200 ft Long; Depth 18-20 ft Berth #2 & 3: 720 ft Long (continuous); Depth 27 ft Berth #4: 498 ft Long; Depth 32 ft Berth #5: 520 ft Long; Depth 32 ft with a RoRo Ramp 48 ft wide Berth #6: 448 ft Long; Depth 30 ft

Cruise Berths Pointe Seraphine:

P/S #1: 558 ft long; Depth 36 ft P/S #2: 300 ft long; Depth 34 ft Berth #1: for ships of length 850-1000 ft Berth #2: for ships of length 750-850 ft

Bunkers

Available and supplied by road tanker.

Cargo Handling

Port Castries handles a variety of cargo types, unit loads and break-bulk, Containerized Cargo is handled by: (a) Liebherr Crane a 104 ton capacity shore crane (b) Fantuzzi – three (3) top lifters with a safe working load of 45 tonnes. Tug-trucks are used to convey container units to and from vessel operations. Two (2) fork-lifts dedicated to the transport of empty containers. Break-bulk cargo is handled by fork-lifts. Cargo in bulk handled with regularity consists of cement, lumber, steel, flour, sugar, feed and rice.

Consular

Available.

Currency

EC Dollars.

Customs

Available.

Documentation

Immigration – same as airport Customs – same as airport Port Health – Ministry of Health Agents

Depths

Turning Circle and Entrance Channel: Channel Width 400 ft. (122m) Water Depth 42 ft. (12.8m) Diameter 1400 ft. (426.7m)

Divers

Divers are available for hull cleaning and hull inspections.

Dredging

No dredger is currently available at Port Castries.

Duty Free

Available.

Electricity

220/240v (No shore connections for ships).

Emergencies

In case of emergency the Port Control can be reached 24 hours a day via Castries Signal Station VHF channel 16. They can also be contacted directly at Telephone number (758) 452-5939. Oil spills, accidents and medical emergencies may be reported directly to the Signal Station and the information relayed to relevant emergency services for immediate response. Emergency services can also be contacted directly by dialing 911 (Fire and Ambulance) or 999 (Police).

Explosives

On the application form for a berth by the Agents, it is mandated by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (Seaport Tariff) Regulations that all explosives being transported by the vessel must be declared on the form, prior to the arrival of the vessel. Arrangements are to be made by the Agents/Consignees to have the police presence when such goods are being discharged/delivered. The police escorts, the consignment to the bonded warehouse where the explosives are to be stored.

Fire Fighting

Shore Side Fire Fighting Tenders available.

Fresh Water

Fresh water is available at all berths. Applicable rates – EC$ 33.23/1000 gallons.

Hazardous Cargo

The importation of hazardous cargo requires special handling and storage. Port officials are trained in recognizing and determining the degree of danger posed and identifying by virtue of the IMDG, sticker (dangerous goods indicator), the handling characteristics and precautions. The Port has a special warehouse dedicated to the housing of dangerous goods, and the facility to rinse down individuals who may have had direct contact with such chemicals.

Health

Ministry of Health.

Hours of Business (Port hours)

Office hours – Monday to Friday 08.00hrs to 16.30hrs

Immigration

Visitors must hold a valid passport or other acceptable documentation a return ticket and a place of accommodation. Visitors from the United States may present a US passport, an original birth certificate plus photo ID or a valid driver’s license. Visitors from Canada may present a valid Canadian passport, an original birth certificate plus photo ID or a valid driver’s licence. Visitors from the UK and Western Europe may present a valud passport of their country. Entry visas are not required except for nationals of certain countries specified by the Government of Saint Lucia.

Immunisation

No immunisation is currently required to enter into Saint Lucia.

Language

English

Largest Vessel

Vessels can be berthed inside the port up to a maximum length of 320m and maximum draught 9m.

Load Line Zone

North Atlantic Seasonal Tropical Zone.

Lloyds Agent

M&C General Insurance Co. Ltd., Bridge Street PO Box 99, Castries Saint Lucia. Telephone: 1 758 458-8000.

Management

The Port is managed by SLASPA.

Medical

Full service hospital is five minutes drive from the Seaport.

Pilotage

Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 100 GRT. Pilots board vessels on the starboard side for ships entering the harbour and on the port side for ships leaving the harbour. Pilots are available on request 24 hours a day. Applications for berths are regarded as formal requests for Pilots and must be submitted 48 hours in advance of arrival. On the day of arrival vessels must contact Castries Signal Station on VHF channel 16 and update their ETA 3 hours before their arrival at the Pilot Station (or Pilot Boarding Ground). Likewise vessels leaving the port must advise the Signal Station of its ETD at least 3

Pilot Boarding Position

0.5 miles west of Vigie Point.

Polution Control

Conforming to IMO/MARPOL requirements.

Port Craft

Tugs are available on request 72 hours before arrival via private arrangement. Two (2) pilot boats. One (1) police launch. Tender service is available on request.

Port Limits

The port limits are as defined in the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports act of 1983.

Port Tariffs

Available on request.

Quayside Equipment

1 Liebherr Crane 104 Ton Capacity

2 Ton Forklift

3 Ton Forklift – Flat Beds

4 Fantuzzi (Top Lifters)

Radar Surveillance

None available.

RadioType:

VHF Radio Range: 10 miles average Channels: 16,6,12 and 14 HF Radio Frequencies: 2182, 2527, 2638, 2146,2582,2381

Salvage and Rescue

Two tugs are available on request for salvage and rescue.

Seamen’s Club

None.

Ship Repair

Ship repair services are limited. Welders can be contacted on request for repairs above the waterline. There is no dry docking facility available for large vessels.

Ship Agents

M&C shipping: 1 758 458-8000
Cox & Co. : 1 758 456-5000
Mendes Shipping :1 758 452-1364
Swan Shipping: 1 758 453-0264
Joseph Shipping: 1 758 452-3574
Cagema: 1 758 451-7310

Ship’s Supplies

Ship suppliers are available.

Stevedoring

The Port Authority has contracted the Seamen Waterfront Workers Union for the physical handling of cargo. Container destuffing and consolidation is conducted by the Union members, along with vessel operations at various categories and levels of responsibility. The entire action is co-ordinated by Port officials who designates and disciplines their working activities.

Storage

The Port has two main areas in which cargo is stored indoors. Within these areas are cargo racks, which are numbered and facilitates the disciplined hosting of cargo. These allow for locations to be attached to cargo records thus deliveries are expedited accurately and promptly. Cargo outside of warehouses are placed in specific zones. All cargoes are marked indicting the vessel by which they arrived, the local consignee and the date of arrival.

Tide

Tidal range is about 0.5m (18”).

Time

Local time GMT minus 4 hours.

Transportation

Local transport is available.

Tugs

Tugs are available on request 72 hours before arrival via private arrangement.

VHF

Channels 16, 12 and 14 are used. Channel 16 is the main calling channel used by the Signal Station with 12 and 14 used as the primary working channels.

Waste

Solid Waste Disposal is available on request.

Water Density

Currently there is no data available on the water density in the harbour. Port Castries is a coastal harbor adjoining the Caribbean Sea with minimal river interaction. Water density can be assumed to be the average for the Caribbean Sea.

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