Puerto Bahia port facilities in Cartagena, Colombia have started operating it was announced on Monday.
The port comprises two terminals – one for hydrocarbon transportation and the other for dry cargo – and started working on Friday.
This $600m project has been developed and will be run by Pacific Infrastructure (Pacinfra) a Colombia-based private firm with a 41% stake held by Canada’s Pacific Exploration and Production.
According to Monday’s release the hydrocarbon terminal has an initial storage capacity of 2.4 million barrels, in eight storage tanks for both naphtha and crude oil. It can load Suezmax tankers (up to a one million barrels capacity).
And the dry cargo terminal has a 300-metre-long dock that can handle post-Panamax ships. It has 12 hectares available for storage plus room to expand.
Puerto Bahia is located on Baru Island in Cartagena Bay on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.