Port of Cartagena

Cartagena, or rather Cartagena de Indias, is a city in northern Colombia, located on the Caribbean Sea. Colombia’s principal port is situated in this city. Cartagena de Indias has around 1 million residents.

The port was built sometime around 1533. At first, the port was used by the Spanish fleet to strip the continent of its gold, silver and other material goods. That’s why the city and its port were under attack for many years by British and French forces, among others. These attacks were the reason for the numerous fortifications that were supposed to protect the city in those days. In the middle of the 19th century, the rise of steel ships and steam devices meant that the Port of Cartagena had to be adapted to accept them.

Port of Cartagena in numbers:

  • The port has a depth of 16.5 meters, and is able to accept ships with a capacity of 14,000 TEU.
  • The Container Terminal (Contecar) is capable of handling 1.5 million TEU a year.
  • Containers are handled by six Post Panamax cranes, the most effective and fastest in the port industry.
  • It can handle up to 37,500 freezer containers a year.
  • In 2013, construction of the second warehouse at the logistics center was finished. The warehouse has 10,000 m2.
Port of Cartagena

Port of Cartagena. Source: © autorzy OpenStreetMap. Open Database License.

If you intend to import from Cartagena or you want to evaluate an export to Cartagena, check our calculator for break-bulk shipments at SEAOO.com or write us an e-mail about container shipments.

Expected delivery time:
Export to Cartagena from Gdynia – 24 days.
Import from Cartagena to Gdynia – ask our consultants about delivery time.

Shipowners supports port of Cartagena: APL, CCNI, CMA / CGM, Colombia Express Service, Conti-Caribia-Line, Contship, CSAV, CTE, Ecu-Line, Evergreen, EWL, Hamburg Sud, Hapag Lloyd, Horn, K-Line, MSC, Spliethoff’s, ZIM.