The Port of Cartagena Organization offers a range of complementary services through its associated companies to provide Colombian importers and exporters with comprehensive assistance that increases their competitiveness and generates added value to their products.
CEC: Compañía Estibadora Colombiana
It provides support for marine and ground operations at the port. It helps connect the Port of Cartagena Organization’s terminals by transporting cargo within terminals, and has specialized ground equipment to facilitate operations, such as Reach Stacker rentals. These cranes, which are used to handle containers at port terminals, play a major role in managing time: they transport containers quickly over short distances, and are able to stack them. They can also handle ‘oversized’ cargo.
CEC also rents out ships for tourist operations and events. It owns two safe, versatile catamarans that are used for special events. Each vessel can handle up to 100 passengers, and these apply strict safety and comfort conditions that meet the demanding sea transportation standards.
Sociedad Portuaria Operadora Internacional S.A.
This company invests in port construction, maintenance and administration, and provides loading and unloading, storage and other services directly related to its port activities. The Sociedad Portuaria Operadora Internacional´s portfolio includes numerous services, such as:
- High-precision bathymetric studies.
- Deepening and maintenance of access channels, docks and inlets.
- Dredging of docking and pier line sectors of sea and river ports.
- Fills to form future port expansion areas, industrial zones and beaches for leisure purposes.
- Construction of storage zones for dredged material, including overflow and runoff channels.
- Final disposal of contaminated sediments.
The company offers a wide range of equipment, such as sounders, a tug, and a cut-and-suction dredger. These types of services, tailor-made to its customer’s specific needs, guarantees the highest standards in terms of the quality and environmental management of each process.
GPC TUGS S.A.S: state-of-the-art tugs
This company offers services using the latest generation of sea tugs, which can handle cruise ships and vessels of up to 16,000 TEUs or 180,000 tonnes, and also supports maneuvers by any type of ship that enters Cartagena´s Bay.
Their comparative advantages include a high level of maneuverability for port and salvage operations, their technological development, design, propulsion system, safety and environmental characteristics.
GPC TUGS operates 24/7 to certified international standards. The services it provides include docking and undocking maneuvers, operations in specialized terminals, tugs, fire and pollution control services, and salvage.
Terminal Fluvial Andalucía S.A.
The sea terminals of the Port of Cartagena Organization and its associated companies have been joined by a new project that is boosting competitiveness at the port and in the country: The Terminal Fluvial Andalucía. It is currently being built in the town of Gamarra, Cesar, on the banks of the Magdalena River, to increase connectivity within Colombia.
Located six hours away from Venezuela, Gamarra is the connection center par excellence for the nation’s logistics network. It is equidistant from Colombia’s ports on the Caribbean and the country’s principal production centers.The Magdalena river, the railroad line, and the ‘Ruta del Sol’, one of the country’s most important highways, converge on this strategic location.
The river terminal will operate under the same international standards (in terms of functionality and productivity) as Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) and Contecar. It will handle vehicles, containers, bulk solids and liquids, fuels, and general loose cargo.
A connection will be established via the Magdalena River, with contains 80 percent of the Colombia´s population. An intermodal connection will be possible between the Port of Cartagena and the country’s principal production centers: namely Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales, Pereira, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta, and also San Cristóbal in Venezuela.
Freight charges for national cargo will be cut by 30 percent. Optimum administration of cargo inventories will be possible. CO2 emissions will be reduced. 335 hectares will be available for logistics innovation, connectivity, and increased national competitiveness.