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Dominican Republic Rehabilitation Project of the Manzanillo Port

The Port of Manzanillo presents potential for the capture and treatment of different types of traffic and performance of different functionalities. The project is designed to be develop in three stages; PHASE I to be completed by year 2025; PHASE II by 2035; and completion of port’s expansion by year 2045.
IMPORT / EXPORT SERVING ITS HINTERLAND: The Port of Manzanillo has as its fundamental and fundamental functionality that of serving as a gateway to the import and export traffic generated in its natural hinterland. It is its BASIC STRATEGIC FUNCTION and responds to the functional, competitiveness and strategic needs of the country, and so much that agro-industrial traffics, as those derived from the free zones of the Santiago area, and other future ones.
ENERGY PORT: The port of Manzanillo is also an opportunity to generate in the north of the country an additional point of energy supply to the northern area of ​​the Dominican Republic. The supply of oil-derived fuels, the entry of natural gas, the implementation of a power generation plant from the LNG, as well as other industrial projects have a perfect place in Manzanillo.
Increase in port traffics derived from the development of energy areas and fossil fuel demand in the environment:
In the case of the Energy Area and the Regasification Plant, regarding the Logical Natural Gas (LNG) traffic, which has been projected as a future potential in the environment of Puerto Manzanillo, allows estimating that an annual port traffic of around 1 million tons of imported Natural Gas will be generated Liquid (LNG).
In addition, regarding the transportation of liquid bulks, GODR highlights the potentially increasing import of liquid bulk in the Port of Manzanillo, mainly composed of fossil fuels (diesel, fuel oil, …) for the fuel supply in the environment, both the population centers and especially the industrial developments that are expected to take place around ​​Pepillo Salcedo.
This demand will be growing as the industry in this area increases, estimating a potential volume of traffic of:

  • Year 2025: 50,000 tons
  • Year 2035: 150,000 tons
  • Year 2045: 450,000 tons

These volumes of traffic of fossil fuels and LNG will allow to feed a potential Thermal Power Plant that can be develop in the area, and also meet the demand of the industrial developments planned in the vicinity of the port.
CONTAINER HUB PORT: The strategic maritime position of the port of Manzanillo, puts you in a suitable situation for a shipping company to choose it to carry out its transshipment operations and its logistics of concentration / distribution of charges through feeder vessels, or exchange between routes, including, in the future, a possible competition option with the large surrounding ports in the transshipment of large container ships, currently a more debatable functional role.
LOGISTIC AND PRODUCTIVE NODE: The development of new Free Trade Zones in its proximity (RD, Haiti), of Logistic Parks, and any type of area that welcomes productive and logistic activities, as well as the development of other activities (shipyards, …), strengthens its future scenarios of activity.

OTHER TRAFFIC: In addition to potentially available traffic from the aforementioned activities and areas, there are other potential traffics, demand that will generate greater development of the port, coming from other sectors and regions of the island, including traffic from Haiti, when presenting Puerto de Manzanillo an ideal location to service the entry / exit needs of foreign trade flows that are generated in the northeastern area of ​​Haiti (especially, in the Caracol Free Trade Zone, CODEVI and others to be developed in the area).
The future Port of Manzanillo is expected to channel mainly container traffic, solid bulks, and liquid bulks (petroleum products and liquefied natural gas (LNG)). From the set of exposed demand segments, in the year 2045 it is estimated a total potential port traffic of up to 13.0 million tons, and 1.5 million TEUs.

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