Port Info Curacao
Port of Willemstad
The entrance channel to this port, the St. Anna Bay, is situated
in the middle of the capital of Curaçao, Willemstad. Cruise ships
dock at the various cruise terminals located in the bay, mostly at
the Otrobanda side. At the end of this entry channel lies the
Schottegat area, which houses main facilities of the port, including
region's largest oil refinery and dry-dock, a free zone area,
state-of-the-art container terminal and cargo wharves.
The Port of Willemstad currently has 5 wharves available for
cruise vessels. Mathey Wharf, West Wharf, New Wharf and Motet Wharf
are located on the Otrobanda side of the St. Anna Bay, the harbor
entrance channel running through the town. Prins Hendrik Wharf is
located inside, where the entrance channel enters the Schottegat.
Located five miles East of Willemstad, this beautiful natural
deep-water bay, includes 2 sheltered deep-sea piers, which can
accommodate ships of every type and size. It's very suitable for the
execution of maintenance, repair, and underwater operations. The
peninsula annex to these piers, offers exciting possibilities for
nature and water sport fans and is now awaiting tourism development.
St. Michiel Bay
This sheltered bay has a deep-water mooring buoy facility
especially suitable for large vessels. SSCV Balder of Heeremac, one
of seven such vessels in the world, repeatedly moors at St. Michiel
Bay for maintenance, mainly because of the bay's safe waters, the
easy availability of ship maintenance, repair supplies and
companies, the attractive harbor rates and close proximity to shore.
This open bay located eight miles northwest of Willemstad is also
the site of an oil terminal. The terminal was built to facilitate
economical transshipment of 1,200,000 b/d of Eastern Hemisphere
crude arriving in very large crude carriers (VLCC's) for storage and
subsequent carriage by smaller ships to draft restricted U.S. ports.
Crude can be transported from the storage tanks through pipelines to
the refinery in Port of Willemstad.