OTHER PORT SERVICES
The quality of the harbor, the strategic location of Curacao and the safe political status of the island also prompted SHELL to establish an oil refinery and transshipment plant in the harbor in 1916. Nowadays, the refinery is leased to the Venezuelan oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA), operating under the name of Refineria Isla S.A. The Refineria di Kòrsou N.V. owns the property. The traffic generated by the refinery opened up opportunities for several other services in the harbor.
With over 4,000 ships making use of the Port of Willemstad per year, the Curacao Dry-Dock Company Inc., a private company owned by the government, was established in 1959 to meet the demands for quality repairs in the Port of Willemstad. With two large graving docks, one floating dock, cranes with capacities of up to 75 tons and more than 2,000 meters of repair wharves and fully equipped repair shops, the Curacao Dry-Dock Company is one of the largest and best equipped ship repair facilities in the Caribbean.
The commercial and maritime value of the harbor continued to grow with the establishment of an Economic Zone Area in the late 1950s. Curacao's first economic zone was built in the Schottegat and Curinde N.V. was founded to operate and manage the 23 ha. Curacao Harbor Free Zone, which offers many advantages to its tenants, such as, 0% import duties, 2% corporate income tax, in addition to showroom and manufacturing facilities.
The success of the Curacao Harbor Economic Zone and the public policy to further develop Curacao as a logistic center within the region have resulted in the development of a second economic zone. This zone borders onto the Curacao International Airport. The Curacao Harbor Free Zone and the Curacao Airport Economic Zone offer facilities to provide service and trading in physical goods.
For more information on these economic zones refer to www.curinde.com
Curacao was one of the first in the region to build a container terminal in 1982. This state-of-the-art container terminal is fully computerized and currently contributes to the regional function of the Port of Willemstad, handling cargo to and from the world over. Terminal operation and coordination of all aspects of cargo handling are in the hands of the Curacao Port Services Inc. (CPS); a private corporation made up of local stevedoring companies. The CPS leases the terminal and equipment from CPA. These two entities work closely together, on marketing and development of the terminal.