Curaçao Ports Authority

Curaçao Ports Authority

Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), a limited liability company, is the coordinating force behind port operations. Its responsibilities include among others ensuring safety and security, access coordination, port maintenance and development and the management of the Emma Bridge and Ferries. Furthermore, CPA has two subsidiaries:  KTK Tugs and Curaçao Pilots Organization (CPO), and also a joint venture, Dutch Caribbean Training Center with Dutch Regional Training Center in Flushing (Vlissingen), The Netherlands, called De Ruyter Training & Consultancy Curaçao (DRTC).

Since 1981, CPA, a limited liability company whose main shareholder is the island government of Curaçao, has managed all of Curaçao’s ports. CPA owns the container and cruise terminal, most of the wharves and properties adjacent to the harbor, which are leased to private operators. Curaçao Ports Authority also coordinates pilotage and regulates all vessel movements in the ports. Moreover, CPA is responsible for commercial development of the ports and for overseas promotion.  All harbor services are provided by ISO-certified companies. The port authority (CPA), KTK Tugs, Stevedoring Company (CPS), Drydock company (CDM) and the port agents, are all registered ISO-certified service providers. Furthermore, as of July 1, 2004, the Port of Willemstad offers facilities in compliance with the International Ships & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of International Maritime Organization (IMO).


To be the port of choice in the Caribbean region by providing a modern infrastructure and excellent maritime and logistical services.


CPA develops and manages all ports in Curaçao ensuring quality nautical services, safety and security in the ports in an environmentally responsible manner, based on the “landlord port” model.

CPA assumes different roles in executing its mission:

  • Developer: pro-actively acquire and lead the development of properties surrounding the harbors as well as the maritime sectors to attract economic activity.
  • Sector manager: coordinate and ensure quality through performance standards of in-house and third party services in the harbors to achieve a competitive, integrated service offering to the maritime industry. Market the ports and the integral service offerings to grow harbor business.
  • Service provider: provide and/or ensure competitive port services, including tugboat services, pilotage, vessel traffic control, bridges and ferry operations, training and knowledge management to clients and the port community.
  • Regulator: enforce compliance in the harbors of regulations on health, safety, security and the environment. Conduct inspection and registration of local vessels, and issuance of licenses. Initiate and contribute to development of new regulations.



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