Shipping Association of Guyana

Guyana Shipping Ports

Port Georgetown

Port Georgetown is situated on the North Coast of Guyana, along the East Bank of the Demerara River.  It stretches 16 kilometres inward from the mouth of the Demerara River along the ships’ channel with an average depth of 5.5 metres at low tide. The Port is bound by the arc of a circle with a radius of one nautical mile, while the centre is marked by the Georgetown Lighthouse. The southward boundary of the port is a line across the Demerara River, which stretches from the southern end of Plantation La Penitence on the East Bank of Demerara to the southern boundary of Plantation Klein Pouderoyen on the west bank of the Demerara river. Meanwhile, the east and west banks of the Demerara River form the eastern and western boundaries of the port.

The Demerara Harbour Bridge, with retractor span, is located 6.7 kilometres from the mouth of the river.  Arrangements for transiting through the bridge openings are made by local shipping agents, and Bridge Operators keep radio watch on VHF Channel 16.


The Essequibo is the largest river in Guyana, rising in the Acarai Mountains near the Brazil–Guyana border. The Essequibo flows to the north for 1,010 kilometres (630 miles) through forest and savannah into the Atlantic Ocean. With a total drainage basin of 151,000 square kilometres (58,000 sq miles) and an average discharge of 4,531 cubic metres per second (160,000 cu ft/s), its 20-kilometre (12 miles) wide estuary is saturated with numerous small islands. It is navigable by small ocean vessels up to Bartica, 50 miles (80 km) inland.


Port New Amsterdam

Port New Amsterdam is situated on the North Coast of the Berbice River.

The northern boundary is a line that stretches from the northern end of the sideline dam—between the Ordnance Fort Lands and Plantation Sea-Well on the east seacoast—to the eastern side of the sideline dam between Plantation Zee Zight, now known as Cotton Tree, and Mon Choisi on the west sea coast. It is bound on the south by a line extending from the western end of the sideline dam—between the town of New Amsterdam and Plantation Overwinning on the east bank of the river—all the way across to the eastern side of the sideline dams between Plantation Ithaca and Gelderland on the West Bank of the Berbice River. The eastern boundaries of the said Port of Harbour fall between those lines on the eastern and western banks of the Berbice River, extending to mean high-water mark at spring tides.

The Berbice Harbour Bridge, with retractor span, is located 4.8 kilometres from the mouth of the river.  Arrangements for transiting through the bridge openings are made by local agents. Bridge Operators keep radio watch on VHF channel 16.

Important Port information

Administration – Maritime Administration Department,
Public Works Building
Fort Street, Kingston
Tel: 592 225-9350
Fax: 592 227-8545
Director General (ag) – Ms. Claudette Rogers

Working Hours
Monday to Thursday – 08:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs
Friday – 08:00 hrs to 15:30 hrs
Lunch – 12:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs
Closed on all Public Holidays.

Monday to Friday
07:00hrs to 16:00hrs (this varies from one to the other).
Closed on all public holidays.
Work outside of these hours is by special arrangement.

Imports – Containerised (foodstuff, clothing and textiles, general merchandise and hardware, motor vehicles), break bulk, petroleum and heavy duty machinery.

Exports – Sugar, rice, bauxite, rum, marine products, gold, lumber and metal scrap

Towage – This is provided by several companies and could be facilitated by various pier operators.

Traffic – Vessel calls per year – Containers, 466; Tankers, 265; Break Bulk, 112; Bulk 40; Cruises, 3.

Storage – Open 62,087;  Covered 41,067

Equipment – Stackers 11; Crawler Cranes 10; Forklift Trucks 56; Side Loader 1.

Maximum Draught in the channel – 5.5m; Alongside Terminal – 7m.

Approach: Via Demerara River; main approach is 10 km long, 70 metres wide and 5.0 metres deep. Landmarks: Chateau Margot Chimney and Georgetown Lighthouse beacon.

All berths linked by road.

Inland and onward transport is by truck or by river and coastal vessels.
Cheddi Jagan International (Timehri) Airport is 47 km from the seaport.

Anchorage: Five anchorage points with water depths of 5.8 metres, 6.4 metres, 6.7 metres, 6.1 metres and 5.5 metres.

Pilotage: Pilot boards at Demerara Light House (outer Georgetown) Pilot Station.


Maximum draught alongside: 7.0 metres, Longest vessel: 290 metres LOA.

Facility Length:
John Fernandes Limited- 190m
Guyana National Shipping Corporation- 290m
Guyana National Industrial Company- 200m
Demerara Shipping Company Limited- 140m
Muneshwers Limited- 166m

Container statistics for the last 5 years are as follows:

2016 – 69,216 TEUs; 2017 – 67,055 TEUs; 2018 – 75,602 TEUs; 2019 – 78,043 TEUs; 2020 – 78,324 TEUs.

All associated port costs and fees can be sourced from the various agencies.

Any regulation regarding legal utilisation of ports and export activities – The Guyana Shipping Act of 1998.


Shipping lines in operation in Guyana – Seaboard, Seafreight, Zim, Evergreen, Trans Caribbean Line, WM Shipping, Bernuth, Mediterranean Shipping Co., Europe Caribbean Lines, CMA/CGM lines, Tropical Shipping Line, Inter Marine, CSAV line.

Destinations currently attended – USA, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America.

Type of vessels calling Georgetown – Feeder size container cargo vessels, car carriers, bulk carriers, tankers and cruise vessels

Regularity of Services – Weekly and Fortnightly.

Average freight rates to each destination – Information could be sourced from individual operators.