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Caucedo expansion

Expansion plans in progress at Caucedo


Expansion plans are in progress at DP World Caucedo, which will allow the facility to handle up to 1.45 million teu per year by 2014 and 2.3 million teu after 2015. Current capacity is 1.25 million teu. 

Located in Punta Caucedo, 25 km from Santo Domingo, the commercial and political capital of the country, DP World Caucedo is a world-class marine terminal and free zone – one of the best in the Caribbean.

The initial projection, when the port was to be established, was that it would have an annual handling capacity of 500,000 containers. In nine years, however, that projection was doubled. The new projection of the port takes into consideration growth beyond 2015. The port is planning to add another 300 metres of main berth and to dredge to 16.0 metres. The new berth will be equipped with three super panamax cranes and all the supporting yard equipment.

The terminal began operations in December 2003 with the main objective of combining alternative modes of land, air and ocean transportation. This private port is equipped with advanced technology and a world-class infrastructure. It places great emphasis on offering a safe and secure environment and world-class services to customers. The terminal operates on a 24-hour basis, all year round, at a level of efficiency that allows DP World Caucedo to claim the status of a ‘regional leader port’ as well as the number one port in the Dominican Republic


Security is a high priority for Caucedo. Its claim to be one of the most trustworthy ports in the region is supported by various international security certifications, including:

• International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code)

• Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

• Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC)

• Container Security Initiative (CSI)

• ISO PAS 28000

• Megaport Initiative – Radioactive Scanners

• Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

Modern surveillance and prevention systems help guarantee the integrity and protection of customers’ cargo.

Logistics Centre

Plans are in place to establish a 30 acre logistics centre next to the ocean terminal. This logistics centre will begin operations in 2014 under free zone status for logistics activities. This status will allow the centre to accommodate warehousing and distribution; consolidation from different suppliers; transportation planning and coordination; labelling; maritime shipping coordination; trucking and inspection of cargo; and inventory administration and returns.

The proposed Caucedo Logistics Centre has already attracted the attention of manufacturers and distributors interested in a regional distribution centre.
The warehouses will complement the maritime activities of Puerto Caucedo and support the economic development of the DR. The Caucedo Logistic Centre will give the port and the country a competitive advantage by offering a logistics platform that facilitates international commerce.


Berth: 922 metres (main berth 622 metres and breakwater berth 300 metres).

Depth: 13.5 metres

Container yard: 50 acres with capacity for 40,000 teu.

Reefer plugs: 654 plus a further 350 connections with mobile generators.


• 5 post panamax cranes

• 1 super post panamax

• 2 mobile harbour cranes

• 23 rubber tyred gantries

• 9 reach stackers

• 5 empty handlers. 

Vessel calls 2007 to 2012

2007 – 1,016

2008 – 1,083

2009 – 1,223

2010 – 1,103

2011 – 1,198

2012 – 1,295

Cargo handled (teu) 2007 to 2012

2007 – 798,803

2008 – 860,916

2009 – 960,967

2010 – 1,049,967

2011 – 993,554

2012 – 1,153,795