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Port of Manzanillo in 2018

Port of Manzanillo in 2018

Exports are to 145 destinations around the world!

by Terry Sovil

June 15, 2019

New Puerto Manzanillo Logo
New Manzanillo Logo

1971 was a turning point for the Port of Manzanillo. A new administration was introduced smoothing relationships between workers and management/owners. The National Commission for Port Coordination was put in charge of worker assignments, assuring work was completed on schedule, obtaining equipment and increasing handling speed. It has operated for over 100 years, 24 hours a day, without a labor suspension. Items such as consumer goods, agricultural products, and exports to the USA, Canada, Guatemala, Columbia, Chile, Japan, China, India, and Malaysia are handled. Exports are to 145 destinations around the world!

The port is overseen by the Integral Port Administration (API) headed by Juan Carlos Cordoba Estrada who is the Planning Manager. The huge expansion has been promoted by the Ministry of Communications and Transports (SCT) since 2013. Primary is the development of Cuyutlan Lagoon area. They want to maintain their spot as #1 commercial port nationally.

Ship Entering Port of Manzanillo
A container ship enters the Port of Manzanillo

The port closed 2016 with 2.5 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent, containers are either 20 or 40 feet / 6 or 12.2 meters long) and 25 million tons of cargo that was imported or exported.  This makes the port #1 nationwide.  But mixed with the good is the lack of space to grow.  So they are working on expanding the facility to complement their “Port without Papers”, quick handling of incoming and departing vessels and goods. The SCT granted 1,461 hectares (1.461e+7 sq meters / 5.6 sq miles) of vessel II space in the Cuyutlan lagoon. Environmental studies are still being done and the overall cost will run up to 6 billion pesos.  This will double incoming and outgoing traffic.

Port without Papers is a new computerized process to speed billing, payments and permits with any mobile device 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

"Quality Label" program coordinates with the port community to manage perishables in less than 36 hours, docking in less than 2 hours, departures in less than 1.5 hours, visit of authorities in less than an hour and visits of authorities for departures in less than 30 minutes. The Port of Manzanillo scored well in Contained Cargo movement and is #1 in National (Mexico), #5th in Latin America and 64th Worldwide.

Manzanillo is a clean port, recognized in 2016 by the API as the only port in Mexico where all 23 terminals participate under the Certificate of Clean Industry. The port works under the United Nations Global Compacts, has national and international certifications (ISO 9001 - Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management).

Map of Current Port Area
A chart of the current Port of Manzanillo

The current port area consists of 437 hectares (1.7 sq miles / 4.37 sq kilo) which includes water areas, docks and storage. Currently has 19 berths (14 commercial, 3 for hydrocarbons and 2 for cruise ships). The port has the following navigational areas:

  1. Port Access Channel or the entry to the port. 600 meters / 1968 feet and a depth of 16 meters / 52 feet.
  2. Northern Turning Basin allowing for docking positions up to 300 meters / 985 feet in length and 32 meters / 105 feet wide, with a depth of 16 meters / 52 feet.
  3. Southern Turning Basin allowing for ships up to 300 meters / 985 feet in length and 28 meters / 92 feet wide, with a depth of up to 16 meters / 52 feet.

The Navigation Channel, with a depth of 16 meters / 52 feet, allows it to handle the new panamax ships that carry 12-14,000 TEU's. This means 30,000,000 tons of cargo annually. Panamax ships are large with a length of 950 feet / 289.6 m, beam (width) of 106 feet / 32.31m and draft (how deep the hull is in the water) of 39.5 feet / 12.04 m. With a draft that large, the depth of the port and entrance channel is important! The new port addition in the lagoon will make the port about four times larger, increase capacity and help and help the maritime commerce in the Pacific basin.


The 14 terminals in the Port
Company Surface (M2) Use
1. PEMEX Refinacion 27,933.29 Hydrocarbons Terminal
2. Operadora de la Cuenca del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V. 85,477.37 Multipurpose Installation I
3. Terminal Internacional de Manzanillo, S.A. de C.V. 84,956.90 Multipurpose Installation II
4. Cementos de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 12,545.18 Cement
5. Cementos Apasco, S.A. de C.V. 17,440.35 Cement
6. Corporaci Multimodal 8,915.14 Refrigerated Products
7. Comercializadora La Junta 35,090.88 Agricultural Bulk
8. Granelera Manzanillo 10,844,06 Agricultural Bulk
9.SSA de México, S.A. de C.V. 259,422,79 Container Terminal
10.Exploración de Yeso (USG) 25,051,20 Mineral Bulk (GYPSUM)
11.Frigorífico de Manzanillo, S.A. de C.V. 16,426,00 Refrigerated Products
12.Maratima y Servicios (MARFRIGO) 2,200,00 Fish Freezing Chambers
13.Gobierno del Estado de Colima (Tourist Terminal) 22,666,70 Cruise Ship Terminal
14.Servicios Terremar 373,52 and 419.223 Scales and Weighing

The port currently works with 23 shipping lines including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK. Working with 17 states in Mexico the port has an influence on 65% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 55% of the country's population. There are freezers in the fishing terminal with storage of up to 3,500 tons of products. The Specialized Terminal for Containers (TEC) has a capacity of up to three ships at a time with up to 120 boxes per ship hour. Three grain silos with 7,000 tons each. A refrigerated warehouse for perishables with capacity of up to 3,000 tons.

The Future Port Expansion Currently Under Construction
The Future Port Expansion Currently Under Construction

Port of Manzanillo, a world-class port!

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