Management support to the St. Maarten Ports Authority

St. Maarten Cruise port

Client:                  St. Maarten Ports Authority
Location:             Philipsburg, St. Maarten


  • advise on design of a cruise terminal and jetty, expansion of the cargo facilities and upgrade of the fishery pier
  • implementation of port tariffs
  • development of a Management Operations Maintenance Manual
  • budgetary development
  • implementation St. Maarten Ports Protocol
  • strategic business plan
Scope of work

Cruise terminal and jetty
For a period of two years, the St. Maarten Ports Authority brought on board an APC expert. Crucial element of this assignment was the design of a cruise terminal and jetty. As one of the prime cruise destinations in the Caribbean, St. Maarten had a need for a cruise terminal and jetty capable of servicing the larger cruise ships.

Development cargo handling capacity
Another main element of the assignment was the expansion of the cargo facilities present in the port, as the port of St. Maarten is strategically located for transhipment. Currently, the cargo quay has a length of 540 meters, with a depth of 10.5 meters. The quay is ideally suited for LoLo and RoRo cargo, and has two 100 tons Gottwald Shorecranes that can handle containers. Our APC expert made recommendations on how to further develop the cargo handling capacity of St. Maarten.

Day-to-day management support
In addition, the APC expert provided management support on day-to-day activities of the St. Maarten Ports Authority. This included numerous aspects of port management and policy, such as the implementation of the St. Maarten Ports Protocol, the formulation of a Strategic Business Plan and the development of budgetary policy.