Latin America & Caribbean

Port of Kralendijk Bonaire

Quick scan maritime affairs in ports in the Netherlands Caribbean territory

Client:                  Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands
Location:             Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba


  • assessment of adherence to ISPS and SOLAR regulations
  • assessment of adherence to MARPOL agreements
  • study of overall nautical management
  • recommendations for efficient shipping traffic

Baseline measurement
In light of the then newly acquired responsibility for the maintenance of the ports of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba, the Dutch government wanted a baseline measurement of the performance of the ports in certain areas. APC was asked to perform the quick scan, taking into account the local circumstances and making sure that the ports were not obliged to follow the standard of Dutch ports to the letter.

Review safety conduct
APC looked at the safety conduct of six ports and terminals (three of which were in private ownership) on the three islands. This meant an evaluation of the adherence to ISPS requirements and the SOLAR regulations. In addition, APC made an assessment of the adherence to the MARPOL agreements. These agreements relate to the availability of waste reception and waste treatment facilities.

Recommendations nautical management
Finally, APC studied the overall nautical management and made recommendations on how to make shipping traffic more efficient. These recommendations supplied the ports and terminals with steps on how to adopt European Union guidelines and international best practices.

Technical assistance for the project Rehabilitation, Upgrading and Institutional Strengthening of the port of Paramaribo

An earlier study of the port of Paramaribo, conducted by the European Union, had identified potential developments in the transport sector in Surinam and how to increase efficiency, whilst reducing the overall costs. To bring this outcome to fruition, the project Rehabilitation, Upgrading and Institutional Strengthening of the port of Paramaribo was set up. APC provided technical assistance to this project, mostly in the transformation of the port management to a commercially oriented landlord organisation.