Port of Montego Bay
The Port Authority of Jamaica acquired the Port of Montego Bay in 1986. It is the island’s second international port. Port Handlers Limited, a private company, manages the port through a management contract. The facilities include:
- A 2694 m2 cruise ship terminal
- Approximately 427 metres of berth
- 1.2 hectares of yard space for container storage
- 1858 m2 warehouse
Operations include both cargo and cruise ship activities, where Berths 5 and 6 are used exclusively by cruise ships.
The Port of Ocho Rios consists of two facilities:
- Reynolds Bauxite Pier owned by BATCO and used at times to dock cruise ships;
- A dedicated cruise ship pier owned by The Port Authority of Jamaica and managed by Lannaman & Morris Shipping.
The Reynolds Pier is 274.3 metres long with a recommended vessel draft of 12.2 metres and accommodates both passenger and cargo vessels. The cruise ship pier has two berths—Berth One is 222 metres and Berth Two is 274.3 metres long. The recommended draft is 9 and 9.75 metres respectively.
Construction is now completed; a joint venture development project between the PAJ and Royal Caribbean Cruises International for the establishment of a new cruise ship pier in the town of Falmouth. The pier is capable of accommodating the new Oasis class of mega cruise vessels recently introduced to the industry. These vessels carry 8,000 passengers and a crew complement of some 2,000.
The project also calls for extensive development of the landside facilities along the Falmouth coastline. The project will provide a major lift to the town and parish of Trelawny, the cruise sector, the overall tourism product of the Country, and provide opportunities to significantly lift the standard of living of many Jamaican families.
The first ship called at the Falmouth Pier on February 17, 2011. However, the new Oasis class of mega liners will not begin calling at Falmouth until March 2011.
Port Antonio, like Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, has two separate facilities. One is dedicated to cruise ship passengers and the other handles cargo. The cargo is handled at Boundbrook Wharf, while cruise passengers are accommodated at the Ken Wright Pier.
The facility at Boundbrook is 167.6 metres (549.87 ft.) long, with a recommended vessel draft of 7.9 metres (25.92 ft.).
Port Antonio does not now handle large volumes of cargo as was the case in the past when it was the primary port for the shipping of agricultural products.
The Port Authority of Jamaica undertook the development of what is now the Errol Flynn Marina at West Harbour, which has a 32 slip facility for large yachts.
The facility now houses a specially designed boat yard to service boats up to 19.8 metres (65 ft.) in length. As part of the overall development of the area, the Ken Wright Pier had also been refurbished.
Efforts are underway to redevelop that scenic eastern port to a high-end leisure boat destination.