Cargo handling facilities in Grenada have been modernized and expanded to cope with growing throughput.
During the 1990s the Port of St. George's experienced a brisk increase in cargo volumes and by 1997 had embarked on a far-reaching expansion programme to cater for this growth.
Principally this involved an expansion of the port's main cargo handling area on the eastern side of the Carenage to increase the quay length and using an area of reclaimed land for open storage.
The second phase involved the development of Melville Street Cruise Terminal, one of the biggest construction projects ever undertaken in Grenada.
Today the port is better equipped than ever. One of the main aims of the expansion project was to separate the different sectors, Now, while the original port berths in the Carenage are focused on handling cargo vessels, the new cruise ship terminal, on the town's western shoreline, is part of a wider project to develop the Melville Street area for tourism.
The main berth for commercial vessels is 335 metres long with 9.1 metres depth alongside. Refurbished as recently as 2000, this berth provides 36,000 sq ft of open storage and five acres of container stacking areas.
At the end of the main quay is a 82 metre long schooner berth with 5,1 metres depth alongside. This berth handles mainly inter-island traffic. There is a dedicated warehouse with 10,432 sq ft of capacity. Traffic flow is kept largely separated from other port activities. There is a separate gate with Customs officers on hand to allow a speedy exit from the port.
A wide range of relatively new equipment is operated on the terminal including 14 fork-lift trucks, five tractor trailers and two reach stackers. The Ports Authority plans to acquire a 100 tonne capacity mobile harbour crane in the medium term.
In 2004 the port experienced a 10 per cent fall in throughout, caused mainly by the passage of Hurricane Ivan across the island. There were fewer imports of construction materials, while exports of home-grown produce such as bananas and nutmeg also fell temporarily. However, container traffic continued to grow by nearly 10 per cent to 14,375 teu.
The port enjoyed a record year in 2005, handling a total of 582,116 tonnes of cargo. Over 90 per cent of this was imports. Cargo traffic was significantly boosted by the import of construction materials and aggregates due to the heightened level of construction activities which took place post Hurricane Ivan. Container traffic has become a focus for !he port. representing about 40 per cent of total cargo throughput.
In 2013, the port handled some 437,650 tonnes of imported cargo and 36,100 tonnes of exports. Containers handled amounted to 8410 teu imported and 8091 teu exported. In addition the port handled some 189,612 passengers.
A major undertaking has been the implementation of the ISPS Code at the Port of St. George's in 2004. This involved improvements to the port's physical security, such as fencing and lighting, in order to comply with the new international port security code.
The principal legislation governing the Authority is Cap. 247, the Grenada Ports Authority Act. The main subsidiary legislation is the Ports Regulations, SRO No 14 of 1981; the Schedule to these regulations is the Ports' Tariff, which is amended from time to time. The amendment now effective is SRO No 5 of 2010.
Working hours are 07.00-12.00, 13.00-18.00 and 19.00-23.00. For further information contact the Port Manager via the GPA.
The Authority operates a computerised information system for the receipt and delivery of cargo. It is imperative that clear copies of the manifest are submitted to the Authority not less than 48 hours before arrival.
Compulsory for vessels over 200 grt. Port requires 24 hours' notice for entering and three hours' notice for departure. Pilot boards north-east of Annas Shoal. Pilots are available 24 hours a day.