Barbados Port Inc. is primarily responsible for the provision of marine services to vessels in Barbados’ territorial waters. This includes berthing and un-berthing of vessels in the Bridgetown Port; regulating marine activities in the Careenage and the Shallow Draught; port state control inspections; response to maritime incidents; and general compliance with international pollution prevention and safety regulations.
Accordingly, the Marine Services Department provides the following services:
- Pilotage (compulsory except for naval vessels, training ships and small craft) and tug attendance (compulsory for vessels over 1,000 tons or 168m in length).
- Mooring and unmooring vessels
- Provision of potable water
- Fire-fighting, pollution combatting, rescue and salvage operations
- Marina operations
- Provision of aids to navigation
Two (2) tugs, each equipped for fire fighting, salvage and rescue operations.
- Tug Pelican II – 4,660 hp.
- Tug Barbados II – 5,500 hp.
Two (2) pilot launches
Port of Bridgetown – Lat. 13° 06.95’N., Long. 59° 38.2’W.
The harbour is situated on the North-Western side of Carlisle Bay.
Depth in approach channel, M.L.W.S.T. 13.5 m (Turning Basin – 12.5 m). The bottom is sand and coral. Vessels may enter and leave at any state of the tide. Currents in the harbour approaches vary from 1 knot to .5 of a knot.