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