Page 1













Havenlaan Zuid No 5, PO Box 2307 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 404 044 Fax: +597 403 691 Email: This Suriname Ports Handbook 2014 was published by:













Land & Marine Publications Ltd 1 Kings Court, Newcomen Way, Severalls Business Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9RA, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1206 752902 Fax: +44 (0)1206 842958 E-mail: Website:


The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor nor of any other organisation associated with this publication. No liability can be accepted for any inaccuracies or omissions.


ISSN 2042-1982


© 2014 Land & Marine Publications Ltd















INVESTING IN A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR SURINAME 2014 is a year for a new, reprinted, updated handbook, for new investments, changes and new challenges. A year to look ahead and beyond under the new management of drs. Andreas Talea, who took over the reins in January 2013 from drs. John Defares, who has retired. ‘Accommodating our future’ is not only a slogan but a fact. Investments in new facilities to provide the best service are continuous, whereas professionalism, high quality service and a safe and secure environment are part of. Through mutual efforts from Public Private Partnership, investment in infrastructure, port equipment, storage facilities and in human capital are made to meet every demand. We underline that training of personnel and upgrading of knowledge is key.

Public Private Partnership is very critical in the dayto-day operations. As a result the Port Management Company again received the Excellence award in Port Efficiency for the year 2012 of the Caribbean Shipping Association. The project of the Panama Canal and its effects for the Shipping Industry are evident. Anticipating to this project, dredging the Suriname and the Nickerie river are on the priority list. Customer satisfaction stays the focus, while looking for new opportunities to expand our services is a commitment to Suriname’s economic development.

Drs. A. Talea General Manager N.V. Havenbeheer Suriname




MARITIME SECTOR PLAYS KEY ROLE IN NATION’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS The future looks bright for the South American Republic of Suriname, where a booming export trade has led to strong economic growth. And the maritime sector of Suriname has an all-important role to play in this success story. Although Suriname has one of the lowest population densities of any country, it is rich in natural resources, with major deposits of valuable minerals and metals. Traditionally, the economy of Suriname has been shaped by exports of bauxite, gold and other mined products. In addition, Suriname is strong in the farming and fishing sectors, exporting food items such as bananas, rice and fish as well as timber. Oil is another key export. Owing to its geographical location and infrastructure – which depends on rivers rather than roads for inland transport – Suriname relies heavily on its maritime sector to provide the nation with its allimportant trading links. Originally a Dutch colony, Suriname is bordered by French Guiana, Guyana and Brazil. The country was

formerly known as Dutch Guyana but has been an independent nation since 1975.

Above: NV VSH Transport – Empty Stack

VITAL FACILITIES Over 70 per cent of Suriname’s gross domestic product is based on imports and exports. Nearly all of this traffic goes by ship, so the port facilities of Suriname are clearly vital to the national economy.



Most of the country’s bulk exports are handled at private ports and terminals, but exports of agricultural products, fish and timber – as well as imports of consumer goods and equipment – are being handled more and more in containerised form via the publicly owned ports of Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo and, in the near future, Nieuw Nickerie in western Suriname.

LEADING PORT Suriname’s leading port facility is Nieuwe Haven. Built in the 1960s, the port struggled to cope with containerisation in the early days. In recent years, however, the Nieuwe Haven has been transformed

into a modern and efficient terminal in a major programme of expansion and rehabilitation funded by the European Commission, the Dutch government and N.V. Havenbeheer Suriname. The new expanded port was officially opened by President Ronald Venetiaan in April 2010. Three terminal operators have signed a 15-year lease to work the port facilities at the Nieuwe Haven. Meanwhile, the port of Nieuw Nickerie is being upgraded in a US$ 20 million project, to be completed at the end of 2014, which also includes dredging the mouth of the Nickerie River. A new 250 metre concrete pier has been constructed. Other works include the provision of storage for containers, reefer facilities and office space. Suriname also has privately operated port facilities, including Moengo, which has been revitalised by Traymore NV.

GOOD RELATIONS The ports of Nieuwe Haven and Nieuw Nickerie are managed by NV Havenbeheer Suriname (Suriname Port Management Company), while responsibility for control of river traffic, fairway management, navigational aids and pilotage is taken by the Maritime Authority Suriname (MAS). Havenbeheer Suriname has worked hard to maintain good working relations with its partners in the ports. There are regular stakeholder meetings at which terminal operators have a say in ongoing development


ECONOMIC GROWTH At a time when other parts of the world are experiencing financial hardship, the economy of Suriname is on an upward curve – thanks in no small measure to the strong international demand for key Surinamese exports such as valuable metals, oil and timber. This makes a welcome contrast with the situation 20 years ago when Suriname was struggling in the aftermath of civil unrest.

projects as well as providing valuable input into the day-to-day running of the ports.


The role of Suriname’s maritime sector has been vital in achieving the economic recovery and developing the country’s export trade. Thanks to the initiative taken by NV Havenbeheer Suriname and the terminal operators, shipping lines and cargo owners can now expect to find modern terminals offering quicker vessel turnrounds and better port services than ever before.

The Suriname River, on which Paramaribo stands, is the most navigable river on the Atlantic coast between Guayana and Brazil. This 480 km waterway has been used for centuries as a main route for trade and it was only natural for the original Dutch settlers to choose what is now Paramaribo, 20 km from the ocean, for their original port town.

Today, there is a greater awareness by Suriname’s government and business community of just how improved port services can translate into more costeffective operations and, ultimately, lower prices in the shops.

The lion’s share of international trade by Suriname is with countries farther afield than its immediate neighbours. Until recently there was hardly any official trade with Guyana or French Guiana, although they are linked by road. Now, however, Nieuwe Haven and the revitalised port of Moengo, in eastern Suriname, are looking to become a hub for cargo in transit to French Guiana.

Thanks to its spectacular – and to a great extent unspoilt – scenery, with majestic rivers and perfect rainforest, Suriname is growing in popularity as a tourism destination.

In July 2012 a new direct shipping service between Brazil and Suriname called the North Brazil Feeder was established.


This in turn has led to a modest but steadily growing cruise ship sector. The size of vessels calling Paramaribo is limited by the depth of the fairway in the Suriname River, and as yet there is no dedicated cruise terminal, but as a niche destination for ‘boutique’ cruises, Suriname ticks all the right boxes and numbers are starting to grow.




PORT COMPANY AIMS FOR TOP QUALITY SERVICE NV Havenbeheer Suriname (the Suriname Port Management Company) was founded on 11 November 1971. It is owned by the Government of Suriname but operates as a limited liability autonomous company. Its overriding objective is to guarantee a safe general harbour at the Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo and at Nieuw Nickerie and to ensure a smooth flow of cargo traffic through these ports. In addition, the port company actively encourages export-related industrial development in order to serve the national economy. It aims to be the most environmentally friendly, efficient and customerfocused port in the region, with a particular emphasis on serving trade routes into neighbouring Guyana.

• Managing and operating the ports of the Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo and Nieuw Nickerie in the west of Suriname. The port company is limited to operating within the ‘dry’ areas of the port infrastructure • Stimulating economic activity and job creation within the ports by optimising the services and business climate • Ensuring that sufficient space is available for port activities and investing in the maintenance and renewal of the infrastructure • Ensuring safe, smooth and environmentally responsible cargo handling within the port area by establishing and enforcing the regulations. Havenbeheer Suriname has been ISO 9001:2008 certified since October 2009 and has been ISO 14001 and OSHA 18001 certified since October 2012.

With its head office just outside the port gate in Nieuwe Haven, the port company employs 182 members of staff and had an annual turnover of about US$ 15 million in 2012. Main responsibilities of Havenbeheer Suriname: • Operating and maintaining landside areas such as  jetties, buildings and other port installations within the port areas of public waterways in Suriname • Continuous improvement in services and facilities





Nieuw Nickerie







Groningen Wanica

Wageningen Nickerie

SURINAME Georgetown




Marowijne Commewijne

Albina Para


Brokopondo Sipaliwini













Domburg Co



t i ca





ijn eR


i ve






St Laurent du Maroni


Bigi Poika


m e River





JAP International Airport



Brokopondo Langa Tabiki




Brokopondo Stuwmeer





To Nieuw Nickerie


i ve




Meerzorg Slootwijk Tamanredjo



Nieuw Amsterdam


Fort Zeelandia

Marriott Hotel Maritime Authority Suriname


Torarica Hotel


Best Western Hotel Ferry Terminal







SDSM NV Havenbeheer Zorg en Hoop Airport

Nieuwe Haven

Jules Wijdenbos Bridge

To JAP Intermational Airport

NV Havenbeheer Oil Terminal






To Moengo




DUTCH INFLUENCE THAT BEGAN WITH A LANDMARK TREATY The modern history of Suriname began with the arrival of explorers from Europe, starting with the Spanish conquistador Alonso de Ojeda, who visited the region in 1499. But the origins of the name Suriname go back even further to an Arawak-speaking group of inhabitants called the Surinen.


settlement of this North American colony was New Amsterdam, which later became New York City. In 1683 the Society of Suriname was established to manage and defend the colony, which became known as Dutch Guiana. Its first governor was Cornelis Van Aerssen van Sommelsdijck, whose family had set up the Society of Suriname along with the City of Amsterdam and the Dutch West Indian Company.

As in some other countries of the Caribbean, the story of Suriname has been shaped by settlers from a range of European powers including France, Spain and England as well as the Netherlands. The founding of the first European colony in Suriname is generally attributed to Lord Willoughby, who led a group of planters to the region from Barbados in 1650.

Sugar was Suriname’s main export in the 18th century, with over 400 plantations on the banks of its main rivers. The planters relied heavily on slave labour to cultivate the plantations and over 300,000 Africans were shipped to Suriname. Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname in 1863.

But it was the Dutch who negotiated their way to ownership of Suriname with the Treaty of Breda in 1667, whereby they gained control of the country and its sugar plantations in exchange for the New Netherlands, which was acquired by Great Britain. The main

A new landmark, Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, at the confluence of the Suriname and Commewijne rivers, was built by the Dutch after the French tried to invade in 1712. During the Napoleonic Wars, the colony was occupied by the British from 1799 to 1816. But,

except for that interlude, the Dutch continued to run Suriname until 1954 when it was placed under a system of limited self-governance. Suriname became independent in 1975. A period of political and economic upheaval was sparked in February 1980 when the democratic government was overthrown in a military coup led by Dési Bouterse. Democracy was fully restored in 1991 when elections were held. After that, Suriname became a model of peace and tolerance and has enjoyed an economic boom in recent years, with an average growth of six per cent in the past 10 years.

MARITIME NATION From earliest times, the people of Suriname have depended on the country’s rivers for transportation and trade since overland haulage was virtually impossible. They also have a long history of sea trade with Europe and also with other countries in the Caribbean.

(Suralco) operating three ore carriers, while regular passenger services to and from Europe were provided by the Royal Netherlands Steamship Company. By the 1960s, however, the ports of Suriname were in a poor state of repair and the Waterfront Wharf in Paramaribo was struggling to meet the demands of the shipping sector. A major improvement came in 1964 when the Nieuwe Haven was constructed 3 km upstream from the old wharf in a project co-financed by the European Development Fund. Responsibility for this new facility was given to NV Havenbeheer Suriname, established in 1971. With the coming of containerisation, however, the port once again found itself struggling to keep up with modern demands. Suriname’s maritime sector declined further in the 1980s as a result of the difficult economic situation. Later, however, the economy improved and a rehabilitation plan was launched in 1989. More recently, in 1996, NV Havenbeheer Suriname embarked on a project to transform the Nieuwe Haven into a port facility to match the needs of the country’s rapidly developing economy.

The traditional exports of Suriname were produce, bauxite and roundwood. Nowadays, oil and gold are the most important export products. After the Second World War, the Port and Pilot Service was established in 1947 to regulate the shipping sector. This organisation was the forerunner of the present-day Maritime Authority Suriname (MAS), changing its name to the Shipping Service in 1982 and to the MAS in 1998. During the 1950s there was a busy transatlantic trade in bauxite, with the Suriname Aluminum Company




FASCINATING MIX OF CULTURE, HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY The Republic of Suriname is a place of amazing cultural and natural diversity. Located on the north-east shoulder of South America, just north of the Amazon delta, it is part of one of the richest bioregions in the world with a strong historical and social identity.

Suriname is bordered by three countries: Guyana to the west, French Guiana to the east and Brazil to the south. Its coastline stretches for 386 km along the Atlantic Ocean, but for economic purposes it is often considered part of the outer Caribbean, where many of its trade and cultural links are found. Over 80 per cent of the country is covered by dense tropical rainforests. Suriname is one the world’s most culturally diverse nations, with a multi-ethnic mixture of Africans, Amerindians, Chinese, East Indians, Europeans and Javanese who have merged to create a fascinating culture and community. It has one of the lowest population densities in the world with just 550,000 people, yet it includes many races, cultures and religions, all living peacefully with each other and setting an example to some of the more ‘developed’ nations. Suriname also has the lowest crime rate of any country in South America. Elsewhere, the Maroons – descendants of runaway slaves who escaped to the interior – have kept the ‘African culture’ alive more than anywhere in the world. Today, African culture from the days of slavery is recognised by the Unesco Slave Route Programme, which links key historical sites. Many Surinamese emigrated after independence in 1975 and today the Netherlands has a Surinamese community almost as large as the population of Suriname.


CAPITAL The capital, Paramaribo, is also the largest city in Suriname and home to more than half the population. Here, the religious tolerance of Suriname is perfectly reflected. It is one of the few places in the world where a mosque can be found next to a synagogue. Paramaribo has a growing number of quality hotels, while visitors to the interior generally stay in lodges and camps. Suriname’s capital is a curious mixture of ancient and modern architecture, with many colonial-style wooden buildings in various states of repair. Many of the red bricks used in the old houses were carried to Suriname as ballast in merchant ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2002 these picturesque buildings were placed on the Unesco World Heritage List. The business and commercial areas of the city are in contrast to its quiet and leafy residential suburbs. What is very apparent about Paramaribo, however, is its spirit of enterprise and ambition. Throughout the city, construction and development projects are forging ahead to create new residential areas, hotels, offices and infrastructure. Meanwhile, investment in the new port has benefited the wider community as businesses take advantage of new opportunities.

GROWTH The region’s first settlers were looking for gold. When this venture failed, they turned their attention to developing sugar estates, which flourished until the

mid 19th century. By the early 20th century bauxite mining had taken over as the main foreign exchange earner thanks to the growing international demand for aluminium. Today, Suriname is one of the world’s most efficient and cost-effective producers of bauxite, which is processed into alumina. The country’s petroleum industry was a later starter, but has made great advances since 1980 with the discovery of oilfields and the establishment of a stateowned oil company, Staatsolie. Oil and gold are the country’s most important foreign currency earners. Other exports include agricultural products (such as bananas and rice), forestry products (roundwood and sawn timber) and gold. In addition, Suriname exports large volumes of frozen fish products, mainly shrimp. Increasingly, tourism is becoming a significant foreign exchange earner, although more development is required. Some of the world’s largest nature reserves are to be found in Suriname and its abundant eco-system and rainforests are a major tourist attraction. The potential for growth in this sector is vast. About 30 per cent of the total land area of Suriname is made up of reserves that are protected by law. The country also has cultural and heritage sites that make it a fascinating destination for visitors.




NIEUWE HAVEN EXPANDED WITH BIGGER AND BETTER FACILITIES Suriname’s main port is the Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo which handles 90 per cent of the nation’s general import and export cargoes. A recent programme of construction and rehabilitation has transformed the Nieuwe Haven into a modern port with more container handling capacity, better access, an improved infrastructure and tighter security. Nieuwe Haven is managed by NV Havenbeheer Suriname. Under the new management structure, Havenbeheer acts as a landlord authority, with the operational side being handled by the private terminal operators Integra Port Services NV (with the largest concession), Continental Shipping Agencies NV and NV VSH Transportmij. The rehabilitated Nieuwe Haven was officially opened in April 2010 by President Ronald Venetiaan following an expansion and modernisation programme costing US$ 100 million. The official port area has been virtually tripled. The berth length has been extended from 520 metres to 600 metres with a depth alongside of 7.22 metres at low water spring. Four vessels can be worked simultaneously. The port has more open storage than ever before. The area was increased by 65,000 square metres in 2010 and again to 183,000 square metres


in 2012. An additional terminal area of 20,450 square metres is being constructed.

POTENTIAL The terminal currently has an annual container throughput capacity in excess of 100,000 teu with the potential to double its capacity in accordance with market demand in future. The former perimeter road has been upgraded and is now included within the expanded port limits. There are three access gates to the north, south and west. The reefer station, located by the southern gate, has been resurfaced and offers 119 reefer plugs. Nearby, there are storage areas for up to 8,000 vehicles. Other storage areas are being upgraded and paved in order to make port operations as clean and efficient as possible.

CUSTOMS The efficiency of Customs operations at the Nieuwe Haven has been improved by a dedicated Customs entry point. This has allowed Customs activities to be centralised, rather than being carried out on site at the premises of various importers and exporters.

Pic: NV VSH Transport – Full Stack

NIEUWE HAVEN STATISTICS SECURITY The Nieuwe Haven is fully compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and top priority is given to port security. The port area is surrounded by a high perimeter fence and modern lighting has been installed. The port is monitored by closed circuit TV on a 24-hour basis and there are regular patrols by armed security guards and support vehicles.


Other security arrangements include a drive-through container scanner, with an adjacent stripping station, for inspection of suspect consignments. There is also a parcel scanner on site for consignments up to a maximum size of 1,500 mm by 1,820 mm – ideal for large packages and palletised goods. All staff undergo internal training on a regular basis and an external training programme to include handling of dangerous goods, matters of law and techniques of investigation.

OPERATORS All three terminal operators have invested in new cargo handling equipment. The largest of the three terminal companies is Integra Port Services NV. The international terminal operator DP World has a majority stake in the largest terminal operation in the


TOTAL 78,221

Full Containers (in teus)



Empty Containers (in teus)




Total F & E Containers (in teus)




Break Bulk




Liquid Bulk




Cargo Vessels and Coasters


Tankers 69 2013 TILL SEPTEMBER Full Containers (in teus)

Although Suriname has the lowest crime rate in the region, these measures help to reassure port users and customers that their cargo is safe and secure.


Empty Containers (in teus) Total F & E Containers (in teus)













Break Bulk




Liquid Bulk




Cargo Vessels and Coasters


Tankers 66

Nieuwe Haven. In July 2011 it acquired a controlling interest in Integra Port Services (IPS) and Suriname Port Services (SPS), subsidiaries of Integra Marine & Freight Services NV. IPS has a concession for a container and breakbulk terminal in the Nieuwe Haven and SPS owns a nearby breakbulk facility. DP World has a management services contract for both terminals. The DP World operation in the Nieuwe Haven embraces all the port’s mobile harbour cranes and rubber tyred gantry cranes. This equipment allows ships to be turned round in a single 12-hour tidal window. The operator has installed rubber tyred gantry cranes to make best use of container storage areas.



The second-largest terminal operator is NV VSH Transport, a member of the VSH United Group (which comprises a holding company and nine subsidiaries, eight in Suriname and one in Miami, Florida). Having celebrated its 55th anniversary, the VSH United Group is an established brand in the fields of shipping, terminal operations, clearance/transport, project support, trading, real estate, steel fabrication/ production and investment. VSH Transport has been the terminal operator and stevedore at the Nieuwe Haven port facility since its construction in 1964. As a fully equipped and quality certified cargo handler, the company provides efficient stevedoring services using cost-effective vessel gear and quality shoreside equipment to comply with the typical 24-hour call schedule of containerships. Its reputation as an experienced and efficient breakbulk terminal operator at the Nieuwe Haven is underlined by the shore-based/ terminal work awarded in 2009/2011 by various international oil companies exploring offshore Suriname.

NIEUWE HAVEN AT A GLANCE LOCATION: In the heart of Paramaribo on the Suriname River about 39 km from the estuary buoy. CARGOES: Dry and liquid bulks, breakbulk, containers, refrigerated cargo and vehicles.

VSH Transport supports the Niewe Haven landlord port system, which requires fair competition between terminal operators to ensure cost-effective and efficient cargo handling, thus helping Suriname’s economic development now and in the future.

TOTAL PORT AREA: About 55 hectares of which about 20 hectares is available for industrial use.


DEPTH AT RIVER MOUTH: 7.0 metres at high tide.

Looking to near-future developments in the mining sector in eastern Suriname, VSH Transport and Traymore N.V. (see Pages 24 and 25) have implemented a joint marketing strategy to provide terminal and stevedoring services at the Moengo port facility. The VSH Transport Nieuwe Haven terminal at Paramaribo and the Traymore Moengo port facility in eastern Suriname complement each other, providing investors with reliable project support and ensuring an efficient cargo flow.

TERMINAL AREA: About 18 hectares. QUAY LENGTH: 600 metres (as at April 2011).

DEPTH ALONGSIDE TERMINAL: 7.22 metres LWS. Ships up to 6.8 metres draught can berth in the port. OPEN STORAGE: 90,000 square metres REEFER STORAGE: 119 plug-in points for refrigerated containers. VEHICLE STORAGE: 8,000 units. ANNUAL CARGO THROUGHPUT: See table on Page 19. ANNUAL VESSEL CALLS: See table on Page 19.

DP World also operates a separate private terminal near Paramaribo handling project cargoes for the mining, oil and forestry sectors as well as cement. This is a key facility for Suriname’s developing offshore sector. Havenbeheer Suriname has plans to upgrade the port’s management software. The Maritime Authority Suriname will invest US$ 35 million in a project to dredge the fairway. This will benefit not only the bauxite sector but the whole shipping sector.

TYPES OF VESSEL CALLING: Multipurpose vessels, containerships, ro-ro vessels and (occasionally) cruise ships. EXPORTS TO: Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Asia, either directly or via feeder services. IMPORTS FROM: Europe (especially the Netherlands), North America (especially the USA), Asia (especially China and Japan), Latin America and the Caribbean (especially Trinidad and Tobago), either directly or via feeder services. TRANSHIPMENT TO: French Guiana and Guyana.




UPGRADING OF SECOND PORT IS KEY ASSET FOR FOOD EXPORTERS A major refurbishment of Suriname’s second port – Nieuw Nickerie Port, in the far west of the country – has come as welcome news for the economy of the region, especially in the farming and food-producing sector. Until recently, port facilities at Nieuw Nickerie were inadequate and limited. Now they are being upgraded to allow much larger vessels to be accommodated (7,000 dwt compared with 3,000 dwt before).

Nieuw Nickerie Port is close to one of Suriname’s main agricultural regions. But until recently, owing to the limitations of the port, much of the region’s banana and rice exports had to be trucked to Paramaribo – a journey of five to six hours – for onshipment. Clearly, it makes good economic sense to export these cargoes directly via Nieuw Nickerie. A contract was signed in August 2009 between NV Havenbeheer Suriname and MNO Vervat BV to construct the concrete quay at Nieuw Nickerie Port and the work took about 24 months to complete.

NEW QUAY NV Havenbeheer obtained a US$16.5 million loan from the Islamic Bank to build a new quay. The remaining US$ 6 million to complete the project will be financed by NV Havenbeheer Suriname. The old jetty has been replaced by a modern port facility designed to handle large volumes of containers. It has a 250 metre quay and about 8,000 square metres of container storage will be constructed. In essence, it is a smaller version of the renovated port facility in Paramaribo.


Nieuw Nickerie Port is located 11.2 km inland on the Nickerie River. A 6 km stretch of the river will be dredged to allow vessels of up to 7,000 dwt to reach the port. Nieuw Nickerie Port is now being promoted as a regional port serving both western Suriname and eastern Guyana. Many of Guyana’s rice-producing areas are in the east of the country, just a few hours away, and Nieuw Nickerie offers a quicker and more cost-effective route for export than the long overland trip to Guyana’s private terminals near Georgetown. The port also handles imports of fertilisers and other items. It is hoped that Nieuw Nickerie Port could become a key player in the national maritime sector through a range of new activities. New roads are planned for the region, including one linking Nieuw Nickerie with the Apura region, 100 km up the Corantijn River. In addition, offshore exploration for oil has begun in the region and this could lead to a range of opportunities including supply base services.

NIEUW NICKERIE PORT AT A GLANCE LOCATION: In north-west Suriname, on the Nickerie River, 11.2 km from the estuary marker buoy. The river is 150 metres wide at Nieuw Nickerie. CARGOES: Exports – bananas, rice; imports – fertilisers, packaging materials, agricultural supplies, cement. PORT AREA: 1.5 hectares. JETTY: New concrete pier 250 metres in length and 30 metres wide. Completed in June 2012. DEPTH ALONGSIDE TERMINAL: 4.5 metres at low tide. Vessels of up to 6,000 dwt can be accommodated. BANANA WAREHOUSE: 1,237 square metres. CONTAINER STORAGE: About 8,000 square metres (to be constructed). REEFER STORAGE: 32 plug-in points for refrigerated containers (to be constructed in 2014).




REVITALISED PORT OF MOENGO OFFERS SCOPE FOR NEW BUSINESS The privately owned port of Moengo, 65 km east of Paramaribo, offers a convenient gateway for cargo destined for – or originating from – eastern Suriname and even neighbouring French Guiana. Located on the Cottica River, in the Marowijne district, the port facility at Moengo is a former bauxite export terminal. It was revitalised by Traymore NV, which bought the 21 hectare site in 2004 and carried out a programme of renovation and construction. The company has also invested in cargo handling equipment and has upgraded the port security system to international standards with electronic monitoring of the docks and armed guards on duty.

The revitalised port was officially opened in April 2008. Today, Moengo Dock Operations is on track to become Suriname’s second-largest port facility and a potential hub for cargo in transit to French Guiana. As a landlord port operator, Traymore does not engage in port operations itself but leases out the facilities. The port is a general dock operation handling a range of cargo including containers.

TANK STORAGE A key asset for Moengo is the large amount of tank storage capacity available for port customers. The port has two tank farms with a total capacity of 50,000 barrels, thus offering scope for the distribution, export and transhipment of petroleum products and other commodities. One of the tank farms, close to the New Dock, is used for storage and distribution of oil products. The port receives two tankers per month from Trinidad and Tobago and Traymore has its own fuel trucks for distribution. Because Moengo is located on a navigable river, able to accommodate oceangoing vessels, there are opportunities for bunkering of ships.


TRANSIT CARGO Thanks to its key location, close to the border with French Guiana, the port of Moengo offers first-rate opportunities for new business. One important development is the handling of transit cargo. Negotiations are under way to use Moengo as a transit port for shipping containers to St Laurent in French Guiana. The two countries are separated by the Marowijne River, with a regular ferry service linking Albina, in Suriname, with St Laurent. The key advantage of shipping containers via Moengo is the saving in time compared with discharging the containers in Cayenne and taking them on by road to western French Guiana. Moengo can receive containerships up to 400 ft in length on direct services from Europe with a voyage time of 14 days. Containers are discharged and stored on site before being trucked to Albina (only 30 minutes away) to meet the St Laurent ferry. The ferry has only a limited capacity at present, but there are plans to increase the frequency of the 30-minute ferry service and possibly also to introduce a larger vessel.

OTHER NEW BUSINESS A large part of Suriname’s export traffic in wood is grown in the Marowijne district and Moengo Dock Operations is aiming to provide new storage facilities for exporters. This will allow logs to be exported directly via Moengo rather than hauled about 100 km to Paramaribo. These facilities are now installed at Moengo.

Moengo is also used for distribution of fuel to companies in the forestry and mining sectors. Cargo and packed goods are processed by Traymore at Moengo. Traymore also expects contracts in the near future from the US-based Newmont Mining Corporation, which is negotiating a contract with the Suriname government to mine gold in the Merian area, south of Moengo.

MOENGO AT A GLANCE LOCATION: In eastern Suriname, on the Cottica River, which joins the Commewijne River. It is about 150 km from the Suriname River estuary. CARGOES: Containers, general cargo, liquid bulks, minerals, lumber. TOTAL PORT AREA: 21 hectares. BERTHS: One tanker berth and one cargo/container berth for vessels up to 400 ft in length. CONTAINER STORAGE: Secure storage for 100 containers (in initial phase) and storage area for empty containers. LIQUID BULK STORAGE: 50,000 barrels in two tank facilities. REEFER STORAGE: Eight reefer plugs (in initial phase). GENERAL STORAGE: Open and covered storage areas. DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Large areas suitable for warehousing and industry.




PRIVATE TERMINALS OFFER DEDICATED CARGO FACILITIES For industrial and other customers in some parts of Suriname, the loading and discharging of seaborne cargoes is handled by privately owned port facilities. These are in addition to the public terminals managed by NV Havenbeheer Suriname at the Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo and at Nieuw Nickerie. Two private ports, Paranam and La Vigilantia, are located on the Suriname River, while another, Moengo (see Page 24), is on the Cottica River, a tributary of the Commewijne River. Suriname also has private tanker berthing facilities at various oil terminals.

PARANAM The port of Paranam, located 42 nautical miles up the Suriname River, is owned and operated by the Suriname Aluminum Company (Suralco), a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc (Aluminum Company of America), which operates worldwide. Suralco has its head office at Paranam. Originally, Suralco’s main activity in this area was the mining of bauxite, the ore from which alumina is extracted to make aluminium. Since 1958, however, the company has produced alumina at Paranam for export.

The Paranam facility includes a refinery with an annual output of about 2.2 million tonnes as well as a thermal power station and storage facilities. The port also handles about 500,000 tonnes of imports each year including caustic soda, chemicals, construction materials, fuel oils, limestone and machinery. There are two berths, one dedicated to alumina exports for vessels up to 220 metres and a second berth for general cargo.

LA VIGILANTIA La Vigilantia, just a mile downstream of Paranam, is a single wharf facility owned and operated by Suriname Port Services NV, a subsidiary of DP World Paramaribo. The facility consists of a 73 metre long concrete wharf located alongside a 21,000 square metre yard. It is used for discharging cargo for the mining sector and other industries as well as steel, timber and cement. Exports consist mainly of empty containers, equipment and machinery. With a breasting dolphin, the port can handle vessels up to 200 metres in length. Depth alongside is 13.0 metres.




VERSATILE SHIPYARD OFFERS RANGE OF SPECIALIST SERVICES Located beside the Suriname River in the heart of Paramaribo, the Suriname Drydock and Shipbuilding Company SA (SDSM) is the largest shipyard in the country, with many years’ experience in shipbuilding, shiprepair, maintenance and specialist repair of ship’s propellers. Founded in 1959, the shipyard is well equipped with modern facilities, including specialist workshops, and employs a team of skilled welders, plate workers, mechanics and painters. SDSM prides itself on the efficiency and quality of its work. Its activities include maintenance, cleaning, corrosion protection and repair work on a wide range of small and medium sized vessels. The company also carries out a wide range of newbuilding contracts.

FACILITIES • Floating dry dock of 50 × 22 × 1.6 metres with a breadth of 18 metres between the wing walls and a lifting capacity of 1.100 tons

• Machine shop for repair and machining of bearings, shafts and parts. • Propeller repair shop. SDSM built its first vessel, a ferry boat, in 1966. Since then it has carried out many more newbuildings as well as shiprepair and maintenance contracts and a wide variety of propeller repairs.

CO-OPERATION SDSM has close links with two Netherlands-based companies. Since 1995 it has been an affiliate of Van Voorden Repairs BV, of Zaltbommel, carrying out propeller repairs to international standards in the Caribbean and northern South America on behalf of the Dutch company.

• Floating dry dock of 30 × 13.4 × 1.22 metres with a breadth of 10.05 metres between the wing walls and a lifting capacity of 150 tons.

In 1997 SDSM was appointed by Damen Shipyards, of Gorinchem, as its representative in Suriname. In cooperation with Damen’s Equipment, Project and System Engineering (EPSE) division, SDSM provides services relating to all types of maritime projects.

• One slipway with a capacity of 100 tons and one for newbuildings and repairs for vessels up to 600 tons and 70.00 metres length

Damen EPSE has full access to all facilities available within the Damen Shipyards newbuilding organisation programmes.




AIR AND RIVER EXCURSIONS ADD TO EXOTIC APPEAL OF SURINAME Tourism is a major growth industry in Suriname. This is a destination rich in beautiful scenery, with huge forests, scenic rivers and a coastline rich in flora and fauna. It is a land of natural wonders, cultural sites and other world-class attractions. Small wonder that a growing number of tourists are visiting Suriname to enjoy the beauty and diversity of its relatively undiscovered regions. Much of the country is accessible only by light aircraft or river boat. Travellers can enjoy the thrill of visiting parts of the world that are virtually untouched by humanity, turning an excursion into an Indiana Jonesstyle adventure.

Conservation of the nation’s flora and fauna has become a matter of priority for Suriname. About 12 per cent of the total land area is now made up of protected areas, providing a safe and suitable habitat for all kinds of fascinating animals and plants. Much credit is due to the government of Suriname for its far-sighted attitude to conservation. In 1998, recognising the global importance of the country’s rainforests, the government, in association with Conservation International, created the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, with 1.6 million hectares of unspoilt rainforest.

TOURIST FACILITIES Visitors to Suriname have a better-than-ever choice of accommodation. Hotel capacity has more than doubled since 2000. Paramaribo contains a number of prestigious hotels. They include the Torarica group of properties, the Best Western Elegance Hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Wyndham Garden. The number of tour operators is Suriname has also grown steadily, thus providing visitors with a wide range of services to meet their requirements. Tourists have been visiting Suriname in growing numbers. Not surprisingly, the main source of visitors is the Netherlands, although a growing number of tourists are coming to Suriname from other countries. In addition, many weekend tourists make their way to Suriname from neighbouring French Guiana.


Today, Suriname is involved in a joint marketing effort to promote the Amazon region as a tourism destination. It is part of the Amazon Tourism Agreement along with French Guiana and the Brazilian states of Amapa, Amazones and Para. The Surinamese government is looking to structure the sector through the Tourism Foundation, using the slogan: ‘The beating heart of the Amazon’.

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS The spectacular scenery of Suriname, with its rainforests and vast nature reserves, is unquestionably the main draw for tourists. But, today, visitors can expect to find a growing range of other activities and attractions to enrich their holiday experience. One of the most popular activities now offered by tour operators is a one-, two- or three-day excursion to a nature reserve or former plantation. For example, Brownsberg Nature Park, 130 km from Paramaribo, can be seen in a day. From the park’s central mountain plateau of Brownsberg Park there is a magnificent view of Brokopondo Lake. There are well maintained hiking trails through the rainforest leading to various splendid waterfalls. For lovers of adventure, boat trips are available into the heart of Suriname via the Corantijn, Suriname and Coppename rivers, starting from Nieuw Nickerie,

Paramaribo or Boskamp. In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visitors can enjoy the ever-changing river scenery, with its small villages and encroaching jungle. Longer excursions to the interior are available, too, with frequent flights from Paramaribo to airstrips throughout Suriname. Lodges and former plantations offer a unique insight into the traditional lifestyle of these remote regions, with spectacular natural wonders at every turn. Meanwhile, the city of Paramaribo, a Unesco World Heritage Site, offers a range of visitor attractions, including Fort Zeelandia, the Central Market and the wooden Cathedral of St Petrus and Paulus as well as museums and other cultural sites. Organised city tours, including walking tours, can be arranged.




CRUISE OPERATORS DRAWN TO ‘NICHE’ DESTINATION Today, many cruise tourists are looking for an interesting alternative to the traditional ‘sun, sea and sand’ experience – and Suriname is increasingly being seen as a viable ‘niche’ destination for cruise operators. While the absence of a purpose-built cruise terminal and the limited depth of the fairway in the Suriname River currently make it unfeasible to handle the larger cruise vessels, Suriname is attracting calls by smaller vessels. The number of cruise calls has been growing in recent years, and the government is actively pursuing this line of business. There are plans to dredge the river to increase the draught with a view to attracting larger cruise ships and more frequent calls. Discussions are under way, too, about building a dedicated cruise terminal at the downriver end of Paramaribo.

Cruise ships with a maximum draught of 7.1 metres can berth at the container terminal in Paramaribo. Alternatively, vessels can anchor further downstream and take passengers ashore by tender to one of the local hotels. From there, bus travel can be arranged to the city and other places of interest. For example, the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ has anchored just off the Torarica Hotel & Casino, with passengers stepping ashore at the hotel’s own jetty. A smooth transition from ship to shore allowed passengers to make best use of their time in Suriname. The main agencies for cruise ship calls in Paramaribo are Continental Shipping Agencies NV and CMA CGM – the preferred partners of the Movement for Eco Tourism in Suriname (METS), which handles most of the cruise arrivals and also acts as the shore excursion agent for Suriname.

SMOOTH TRANSITION Agents for cruise tourism and marketing companies in Germany, Italy and the UK have been visiting Suriname since 2005 and a significant number of small cruise ships have now called Paramaribo. Local shipping companies and tour operators have also become involved in the cruise sector. Among the larger vessels to call Paramaribo are Swan Hellenic’s 180 metre ‘Minerva II’ (560 passengers); the Saga Cruises vessel ‘Spirit of Adventure’ (400); the Hapag Lloyd Cruises vessel ‘MS Bremen’ (180); and the Clipper Cruises vessel ‘Clipper Adventurer’ (120).




RICH NATURAL RESOURCES HELP DRIVE BOOMING ECONOMY Suriname is blessed with a rich supply of natural resources, including valuable metals as well as oil and timber. The World Bank has ranked Suriname among the 10 richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources. In recent years, this natural legacy has combined with a ‘can do’ attitude and huge investment to provide Suriname with one of the highest economic growth rates in the Caribbean region.

The government has sent a clear message that Suriname is opening its doors to the international community to develop further this major source of wealth. Already, Suriname is one of the world’s top suppliers of alumina, while other major exports include oil, gold and agricultural products. Suriname has many other natural resources with economic potential, such as kaolin, diamonds, platinum, uranium, manganese, copper, nickel and iron ore, some of which are yet to be explored. The government’s principal objective is to tap into the country’s inherent natural advantages to boost national development in partnership with the private sector. But it wants to achieve this in a way that is environmentally as well as financially sustainable. Currently, the economy of Suriname is dominated by exports of oil, gold and alumina. The plan is to use the revenues from these products to develop more sustainable sectors of the economy.


OIL A main contributor to the national economy is the state oil company, Staatsolie, founded in 1980, which today employs over 700 people. Currently, Staatsolie is the only oil producing company in Suriname. It works with production-sharing agreements. Oil production has hitherto been confined to onshore findings, but Staatsolie is also working with others in the offshore area and expectations are high, especially now that Suriname’s economic sea zone has been expanded.

GOLD Gold production has continued to rise. One of the main gold mining companies is IAMGOLD Corporation, which is in negotiations with the government to increase production. Suriname’s gold mining sector is keen to pursue an eco-friendly agenda. The government has devised a programme to teach small-scale gold producers how to extract more gold from the ore and avoid using mercury (which will be banned after the end of 2012).

ALUMINA Alumina continues to be a key export for Suriname, although production levels have fallen by about 40 per cent since 2009. Production of aluminium itself was stopped in 2000. This sector is important to the national economy because it provides employment

for many people as well as generating revenue. There is enough potential in Suriname to establish a second refinery, say industry experts.

OTHER SECTORS The exploitation of Suriname’s natural resources to achieve a wider diversification of the economy has led to attractive opportunities for investment in other sectors like agriculture, forestry and tourism. For example, Suriname has the potential to be a global food supplier thanks to its long experience in farming combined with fertile land, a favourable climate and an abundant supply of water.

JOINT VENTURES The government is actively looking to create joint ventures with the international community to develop the country’s natural potential through investment as well as much needed technology and knowledge transfer. A prominent foreign investor is Alcoa Inc (Aluminum Company of America) in partnership with Suralco (Suriname Aluminum Company). Alcoa is looking to other natural resources in Suriname, too. For example, one of the main gold mining companies is SurGold, a joint venture between Alcoa and Newmont Mining Corporation. In 2012 the Ministry of Natural Resources updated the geophysical map of Suriname to take account of the latest information about the nation’s natural resources.




TRANSPORT LINKS KEEP THE COUNTRY MOVING Historically, the main commercial and communication links throughout Suriname have been provided by its rivers. To a large extent the same is true today, but these links have been supplemented by a road network and a range of air connections. Overland transport services in Suriname are generally available only in the northern part of the country. For journeys to the south, a light aircraft is often the only means of travel to remote and unpopulated areas.

There are no rail services in Suriname. Until 1965 there was a 173 km rail link between Paramaribo and the goldfields in the interior, but construction of the Afobaka Dam left much of the route under water. The remaining track has deteriorated through the years of disuse. A line was also laid to the Bakhuys Mountains for transporting bauxite, but is no longer in use. The main highway in Suriname is the Oostwestverbinding, running from Nieuw Nickerie in the west to Albina in the east. The national highway network covers just over 4,500 km and its condition is being improved all the time. Various roadmending projects are under way and new roads are being built. Suriname has three main rivers. From the Amazon basin in Brazil, the mighty Corantijn, Suriname and Marowijne rivers flow through Suriname to the Atlantic Ocean and most of the country’s principal towns are located on these rivers.

BUS ROUTES The National Transport Company Inc – founded in 1997 and originating from the State Bus Service – has more than 60 scheduled routes covering the districts of Paramaribo, Wanica, Para, Saramacca, Sipaliwini, Brokopondo, Marowijne and Nickerie. In addition, boat services are provided in the districts of Marowijne, Commewijne and Brokopondo.


The company also provides school bus services and can arrange extra services, including tourist excursions, on request.

FERRIES Suriname has ferry links with its neighbours French Guiana (Albina to St Laurent du Maroni across the Marowijne) and Guyana (Zuiddrain to Crabwood Creek across the Corantijn). In terms of surface transport, most of southern Suriname can be reached only by boat using the country-wide network of rivers. Some of the larger villages have airstrips.

AIR LINKS Suriname’s main air gateway is Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, located near Zanderij, about 45 km south of Paramaribo. Operated by the government-owned company NV Luchthavenbeheer (Airport Management Ltd), it offers regular passenger and cargo services to and from Europe and the USA. In the past, Zanderij Airport had been a stop for Pan American World Airways services in the years before the Second World War. When the Netherlands was invaded by German forces, however, it became a transport base for sending supplies and, later, person-

nel across the South Atlantic. In 1946 it ceased operations as a military airfield and returned to civilian use. There are 10 airlines operating out of Johan Adolf Pengel International with links to Aruba, Bonaire, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Guyana, the Netherlands, St Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), Trinidad, Venezuela and the USA.

NATIONAL CARRIER The national carrier, Surinam Airways, uses the airport as its hub, offering passenger and cargo services to eight destinations. Suriname has 58 airfields, although many of these are grass strips serving the interior. Zorg en Hoop Airport in Paramaribo provides many local connections. All airfields apart from Johan Adolf Pengel International are operated by the Department of Civil Aviation, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Tourism. In 2011 Johan Adolf Pengel International was expanded and modernised in a € 28.5 million project to expand and strengthen the runway, improve security and provide enhanced lighting. It is hoped that this will pave the way for a longer-term programme of development to transform Johan Adolf Pengel International into one of the most modern airports in the Caribbean, thus helping to give visitors an excellent first impression of Suriname.




QUALITY HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES ENSURE SAFE NAVIGATION Hydrographic information is the key to safe navigation. Obtaining qualitative and reliable data that meet international requirements demands a great deal of expertise and accuracy. The Maritime Authority Suriname (MAS) is a pre-eminent provider of this custom-made service. MAS also supervises the observance of maritime legislation within its borders.

MAS has a vision to be the best maritime authority in the region. Its co-workers have been trained in ocean bathymetry, multi-beam systems, maritime safety information, dredging technology, hydrographics and marine cartography. Now and in the coming years, MAS is a reliable partner for qualitative and reliable hydrographic services. For more information about MAS services, contact the Nautical Affairs Department:

PRECISION Hydrography is precision work and the MAS constantly keeps up to date with the latest technological developments in order to perform successfully. Innovations are brought in by MAS whenever necessary in order to optimise the service it provides.

Drs. Freddy Delchot MBA Manager Nautical Affairs Tel: +597 476 733 ext. 265 Email:

Bernice Braumuller-Mahabier Assistant Manager Nautical Affairs Tel: +597 476 733 ext. 232 Email:


MAS has two vessels, the ‘Pasissi’ and ‘Marwina’, which it uses for hydrographic soundings. Both vessels are equipped with a single-beam echo sounder. The ‘Pasissi’ is used more inland while the ‘Marwina’, a buoy-laying vessel with a 7.5 tonne deck crane, is used mainly off the coast and in the river mouth. In addition, MAS has special equipment for maintaining waterway markings. Using a sound velocity meter, a portable echo sounder with single beam echo sounder and a side-scan sonar, MAS collects nautical data in accordance with International Hydrographic Organisation standards.

EXPERTISE AND EXCELLENCE As a service provider, the MAS aims to deliver expertise and excellence. By providing quality and correctness, it enables enterprises to grow and develop.




GROWTH IN OFFSHORE SECTOR HELPS PROMOTE NEW BUSINESS Although the offshore industry is a relatively new sector of the Suriname economy, it is poised to become one of the most successful. The recent discovery of large offshore resources of crude oil in the region has led to a resurgence of interest in further exploration together with an expansion of landside facilities. Historically, commercial production has always taken place onshore. The state oil company, Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname NV, brought up its first oil in the Saramacca district, 45 km east of Paramaribo. The Tambaredjo field began operations in 1982 while the Calcutta field began production in 2006. Staatsolie has been the sole operator of these fields.

Offshore exploration is growing apace, with several significant new finds in recent years in the near region. The sedimentary basin covers about 200,000 sq km and is estimated to hold 15 billion barrels of oil. Following crude oil discoveries off French Guiana by the Irish company Tullow Oil in September 2011, Suriname’s waters are now being explored by several companies including Tullow Oil, the Norwegian company Statoil, Teikuko (Japan), Apache Corporation, Kosmos Energy and Murphy Oil Corporation of the USA. An indication that Suriname was on the verge of becoming an important oil producing country could be seen in 2008 when offshore drilling of wells took place for the first time in 20 years. Several offshore production sharing contracts are now in place, with various blocks being explored and test wells drilled. As well as being used for domestic consumption, Suriname’s oil and gas products are exported to countries across the region including Barbados, Curaçao, Panama, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

STAATSOLIE Staatsolie was established in December 1980 as a limited liability company with the Republic of Suriname as its sole shareholder.


The search for petroleum began in the early 1960s but was intensified in 1980 after the state oil company was established. Staatsolie has become an integrated oil company involved in exploration, production and refining of crude oil. It makes a significant contribution to the national economy. A 55 km pipeline, built in 1992, brings crude from the oilfields of Saramacca to the Staatsolie refinery at Tout Lui Faut. The refinery has a processing capacity of 7,000 barrels per day and produces diesel oil, various grades of fuel oil and asphalt bitumen. The refinery is being expanded with a new on-site terminal. Production capacity will be increased to 15,000 barrels per day. Construction work began in 2012 with completion due in 2014. Most of the construction material and equipment will be imported by sea.

Sol Suriname NV is involved in a diverse range of activities involving aviation, fuels and lubricants. The operations of Sol Suriname include storage of fuels and lubricants, distribution and support. The company operates its own IS PS-certified 200 metre jetty located north-east of the terminal. The Sol Group is also committed to protecting the environment, making efficient use of energy and materials to provide products and services and to develop energy resources, products and services consistent with these aims. In this way it aims to be a leader player in the sector, to benefit the community and to contribute to sustainable development in the industry.

Staatsolie is also involved in bunkering of vessels on behalf of local and foreign customers, mainly by road tanker at quay.

SOL SURINAME Sol Suriname NV is a member of the Sol Group, formed in February 2005 through the acquisition of Shell’s petroleum distribution and marketing businesses in the eastern Caribbean. Sol uses the Shell brand under licence across its service station network and acts as sole distributor of Shell fuels and lubricants for agriculture, aviation, construction, marine, mining, power and retail. This is fully backed by Shell’s world-class technical expertise.




FARMING INDUSTRY IS MAJOR DRIVER OF ECONOMIC SUCCESS BANANAS Suriname has an ideal climate and favourable soil conditions for growing agricultural and forest products. The country exports a range of products including bananas, citrus fruit, rice and timber. About 10 per cent of Suriname’s gross domestic product is generated by agriculture and the banana industry is the country’s biggest employer after the state. Agricultural products are generally transported in containers for export. Up until now, Paramaribo is the only gateway for these exports, but growers in the west have access to new loading facilities at the port of Nieuw Nickerie, where work is in progress.

The banana growing industry is managed by Stichting Behoud Bananensector (SBBS) following a major restructuring in 2012. Suriname has two main banana-producing areas: the 1,350 hectare Jarikaba estate, 30 km from Paramaribo, and a 1,012 hectare estate in the Nickerie region, 240 km west of the capital. The sole handler of banana exports is CMA CGM based in Paramaribo. CMA CGM has developed an efficient transport chain from plantation to vessel through a partner trucking company, IPS. Containers are steam cleaned and undergo a pre-trip inspection before being trucked to the plantations to be stuffed by the banana company.

DIRECT GATEWAY Bananas are a hugely important revenue earner for Suriname. In recent years, the European Union has invested over 20 million in fertilisers, new banana boxes and increased irrigation. This has led to significantly higher levels of banana production, while output is generally constant throughout the year. Suriname produced about 68,000 tonnes of bananas in 2011. Most of its export trade goes to markets in Europe. The industry employs about 2,500 people and is worth an estimated US$ 33 million to the economy.


Plantations in the west of Suriname are a five-hour drive from Paramaribo, so bananas need to be cooled en route using mobile generators. However, Nieuw Nickerie will be equipped for storage and loading of bananas following a major refurbishment, providing western growers with a more convenient and direct gateway for their exports. Other plantations are less than an hour from Paramaribo. The stuffed containers are normally taken straight to the reefer station in Paramaribo before loading.

The bananas are placed in 40 ft containers and shipped by CMA CGM, with two vessel calls per week. The number of containers handled each week varies between 60 and 100 depending on the season.

RICE Business is flourishing, too, for Suriname’s rice growers, thanks in no small part to financial assistance from the European Union. Today, over 56,900 hectares of paddy fields are under cultivation. The country produced a total of 235,300 tonnes of rice in 2011 with a value of US$ 66,826,000. Rice is exported as paddy rice (with husks), as cargo rice (without husks) and as white rice (partly processed). Paddy rice and cargo rice are exported in 1.2 tonnes bags, while white rice is packaged in 50 kg bags. Most exports to Europe are in the form of cargo rice. Production rates have improved as a result of EU investment. A significant volume of rice is exported in 20 ft containers from the Nieuwe Haven. The containers are stuffed by the producers and trucked to Paramaribo on a weekly basis for onshipment.

The western port of Nieuw Nickerie will also be used for rice exports.

TIMBER With forests occupying something like 90 per cent of the land area, it comes as no surprise that timber is a major revenue earner for Suriname. Timber exports consist mainly of roundwood. The principal market for roundwood is China. In addition, quantities of sawn timber are exported for building supplies. Timber exports are handled mainly by Integra Port Services A key aspect of the forest industry in Suriname is conservation. Over 30 per cent of the country is protected by nature reserves and there are strict rules about the size and type of tree than can be felled for timber.




INVESTMENT IN KEY SECTORS GIVES BOOST TO EXPORT INDUSTRY In contrast to most other countries in the Caribbean region, Suriname has been enjoying a period of high economic growth.

But Suriname’s current economic success is also due in no small measure to heavy investment in key sectors such as bauxite mining, gold mining, oil production, banana and rice production, timber and tourism.

Part of the reason for this phenomenon lies in the country’s vast natural resources, with huge reserves of high value minerals and excellent growing conditions for agricultural and forest products.

All the country’s main export sectors – agriculture, alumina, gold and oil – are on an upward curve, while the upgrading and expansion of port facilities in Paramaribo and at Nieuw Nickerie has led to a smoother and more cost-competitive transport chain from producer to port to end-user.

CONFIDENCE The result has been a boost in confidence for exporters, while foreign investors now regard Suriname as a country with huge potential for further development. The backbone of the economy is the export of aluminium oxide (alumina) produced from bauxite mined in Suriname. Alumina production is energy-intensive and Suriname has the advantage of relatively low power generating costs thanks to the hydroelectric plant at Brokopondo on the Suriname River. The outlook is bright in the oil sector, with new explorations and higher production levels. Further-


more, regional geology suggests that his sector has further potential. The state oil company, Staatsolie, has productionsharing agreements and is working with others in the offshore area. Gold production is thriving in Suriname. The main gold mining companies are IAMGOLD Corporation, Sarakreek Resource Corporation and SurGold (Suriname Gold Company), a joint venture between Alcoa NV and Newmont Mining Corporation. Sarakreek owns a concession to the south of the van Blommenstein dam and SurGold has mining operations in east Suriname.

GROWTH Agricultural exports have risen sharply as a result of strong investment in better infrastructure, irrigation and transport. The financial sector of Suriname is one of the few economies in the world to be unaffected by the global recession, thanks largely to its relative isolation from the international banking system and prudent supervision by the Central Bank. This explains why the national economy of Suriname is still recording yearon-year growth.

ECONOMY AT A GLANCE CURRENCY: Surinamese dollar (SRD) FISCAL YEAR: Calendar year GDP: US$ 5.1 billion (2011 est.) GDP GROWTH: 5 per cent (2011 est.) GDP BY SECTOR: Agriculture 10.8 per cent; industry 24.4 per cent; services 64.8 per cent (2005 est.) EXPORTS: US$ 1.583 billion (2011 est.) EXPORT GOODS: Alumina, gold, crude oil, lumber, fish, shrimps, rice, bananas. MAIN EXPORT PARTNERS: Canada (36.8 per cent), USA (12 per cent), Belgium (11.6 per cent), UAE (9.5 per cent), Netherlands (6.1 per cent), Norway (5.5 per cent) (2010 est.) IMPORTS: US$ 1.434 billion (2011 est.) IMPORT GOODS: Capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods. MAIN IMPORT PARTNERS: USA (26.6. per cent), Netherlands (16 per cent), Trinidad and Tobago (15.1 per cent), China (8.4 per cent), Japan (5.5 per cent), Brazil (4.7 per cent) (2010 est.)




FACING THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE An unprecedented level of investment across many sectors, including the maritime industry, is paving the way for a prosperous future in Suriname. The principal driver of this investment has been the need to expand the Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo to meet higher levels of cargo traffic as container throughput has continued to grow. At the same time, NV Havenbeheer has been updating and expanding its facilities and infrastructure as well as offering a wider range of services to port users and shippers.

The private terminal operators who handle cargo on quay at Nieuwe Haven are looking to make optimum use of the new facilities. They have risen to the challenge by investing in equipment and infrastructure. This includes new handling units and dedicated covered storage on quay. Elsewhere in Suriname, the picture is the same. A programme of rehabilitation is under way at Nieuw Nickerie Port, while the private port complex at Moengo is receiving cargo traffic for the first time in several years.

IMPROVED SERVICES With this transformation complete, the ports are equipped to handle containers in large numbers with a maximum of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. As a result, Suriname’s maritime industry is looking to a new era of economic success. Confidence in the maritime sector is so strong that the port’s partners have also invested heavily in new equipment. This includes two mobile harbour cranes – the first to be installed in Suriname – which were purchased by Integra Port Services to handle containers at the Nieuwe Haven.


Overland routes to neighbouring countries are minimal in Suriname, which has always depended on its maritime services for imports and exports. This situation will continue in the foreseeable future. Suriname’s leading port facility at Nieuwe Haven may have a captive market, but it is now able to offer better-than-ever services to its users. Until recently, there has been very little cargo traffic between Suriname and its neighbours – Guyana to

the west, French Guiana to the east and Brazil to the south. But while the situation is unlikely to change in relation to Brazil, there are signs of an upsurge in transit traffic to the other two neighbours, especially French Guiana. The improved facilities at Moengo, for example, have opened the way for that port to handle cargo in transit to western areas of French Guiana. Meanwhile, a dredging programme is under way to deepen the channels of the Suriname River and the port approaches, thus allowing Nieuwe Haven to receive larger vessels while delays caused by waiting for the tide are reduced to a minimum.


power generation to make them more competitive and reliable. In recent years Suriname has recorded very positive economic growth rates and the country’s ports sector has responded by gearing up to handle higher levels of cargo. In short, the political and economic leaders of Suriname are steering a steady course towards the future as the nation’s economy continues to perform well. There is every reason to think that Suriname will retain its status us one of the region’s major players. Determined and ambitious, the maritime community of Suriname is leading the way towards a better and more prosperous future for the nation.

Across the country there has been heavy investment in many projects and sectors, particularly civil construction and new housing. This in turn has benefited the ports sector because most of the building materials are imported. In addition to sea transport, Suriname has international links by air. The country’s main point of entry for aviation traffic is Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, 28 km from Paramaribo. There are plans to invest in a modern air terminal to match the best in the region, thus expanding the range of passenger and cargo services and helping to enhance the country’s visitor appeal. Both the government and the private sector have invested in various industries such as agriculture, bauxite mining, gold mining, oil exploration and



PORT DETAILS NIEUWE HAVEN, PARAMARIBO LOCATION: 5°50’N; 55°10’W. AUTHORITY: NV Havenbeheer Suriname, Havenlaan Zuid No 5, PO Box 2307 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 404 044 Fax: +597 403 691 Email: Radio frequency: VHF 16 and 12. ACCOMMODATION: One public wharf with a berthing length of 600 metres and a depth alongside of 7.22 metres LWS Maximum deadweight: 20,000 dwt

Maximum draught alongside: 8.5 metres Longest vessel: 220 metres LOA. WORKING HOURS: Stevedoring: 24/7 Pilotage: 24/7. APPROACH: The Nieuwe Haven in Paramaribo is on Suriname River about 21 miles from fairway buoy. WEATHER: NE trade winds and tropical weather. TIDE: Average tidal range is 8.5 ft at springs and 5 ft at neaps. TRANSPORT: Inland transport is by road.

AIRPORTS: Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport is 45 km from seaport with connections throughout region and to the Netherlands and USA. Zorg en Hoop Domestic Airport is 5 km from seaport. ANCHORAGE: Outer anchorage at pilot station. Inner anchorage on Paramaribo Roads and Susanna’s Daal.

ALL EQUIPMENT OWNED BY TERMINAL OPERATORS: Continental Shipping Agencies, Integra Port Services and NV VSH Transport INTEGRA PORT SERVICES

Gottwald mobile harbour cranes:


Mitsui rubber tyred gantry cranes: 3 Reach stackers:


Empty container handlers:


ITV terminal tractors:


Fork-lift trucks:



Reach stackers:



Empty container handlers:


Fork-lift trucks:


Terminal trucks:


Terminal container trailers:


WATER: Potable water available.

BUNKERS: Fuel is delivered by truck and barge. PILOTAGE: Compulsory. Pilot boards at sea buoy. Vessels are requested to send ETA 36, 24 and 12 hours prior to arrival at sea buoy on VHF Channel 12. Pilotage supplies by MAS. Tel: +597 476 733.

AUTHORITY: NV Havenbeheer Suriname Havenlaan Zuid No 5, PO Box 2307 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 404 044 Fax: +597 403 691 Email: Radio frequency: VHF 16 and 12. WORKING HOURS: Working hours: 24/7.

TOWAGE: Private tugs are available. Not required for berthing.

APPROACH: Located on Nickerie River, 3 nautical miles from entrance.

STORAGE: Open storage: 65,000 square metres (three terminal operators) Open storage: 22,000 square metres Covered storage: Two sheds. Refrigeration: 119 reefer plugs Vehicle storage: 8,000 square metres

TRANSPORT: Inland transport is by road.

PROVISIONS: Available. WATER: Water is available at a rate of 10 tonnes per hour and a price of US$6.5 per tonne and must be ordered in advance. MEDICAL AID: Hospitals within 5 km of port.


AIRPORTS: Nickerie Airport (domestic flights only).

ACCOMMODATION: Public wharf with 250 metres of berthing with 4.5 metres depth at LW and 7.0 metres at HW Tankers and LPG carriers: Shell/Texaco berth is 90 metres long with 4.0 metres depth Maximum deadweight: 6,000 dwt Maximum draught alongside: 4.5 metres Longest vessel: 108 metres LOA. PRIVATE WHARVES: Rijstpak Wharf: length 50 metres, depth 5.0 metres. MEDICAL AID: Nieuw Nickerie Hospital is 1 km from port. LLOYD’S AGENT: Handelmij Van Romondt, Paramaribo.

Pic: NV VSH Transport – Empty Stack

WEATHER: Northeast trade winds. ANCHORAGE: Anchorage points 3 miles NNE of sea buoy to await pilot or tide. Minimum depth of water over bar is 2.0 metres at low tide. PILOTAGE: Pilot boards at sea buoy. Pilotage charged according to steaming distance. STORAGE: Open storage: 8,000 square metres. BUNKERS: Supplied by road tanker.




PILOTAGE: Compulsory. Pilot station at Paramaribo, VHF Channels 16 and 12.


TOWAGE: Private tugs available but not required.

AUTHORITY: Berth owned and operated by Suriname Port Services, managed by Integra Port Services / DP World Paramaribo.

EXPORT: Empty containers. Some equipment and items of machinery.

PO Box 1842, Havenlaan Zud, Paramaribo Tel: +597 402 082 Fax: +597 402 392

BUNKERS: Available by tank barge and road tanker. PROVISIONS: Available. WATER: Available.

WORKING HOURS: Continuous operation, all year round.

WEATHER: NE trade winds and tropical weather. TIDAL RANGE: About 10 ft.

MEDICAL AID: First-rate medical and dental services are available.

TRANSPORT: By road and river.


AIRPORTS: J.A. Pengel International Airport is 28 km from Paramaribo seaport. ANCHORAGE: Simons Polder 3 miles down river (8.0 metres) and Groot Chatillion 2 miles up river (10.0 metres).


LOCATION: 5°37’ N, 55°55’ W. AUTHORITY: Berths owned and operated by Suriname Aluminium Company. Suriname Aluminum Company, LLC Paranam Operations, 13 Van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat PO Box 1810, Paramaribo Tel: +597 323 281 Fax: +597 323 314 ACCOMMODATION: Maximum deadweight 50,000 dwt.

FACILITIES One concrete wharf of 72 metres length with breasting dolphins allowing vessels of up to 210 metres LOA between moorings Depth alongside: 13.0 metres Maximum vessel dimensions: 50,000 dwt, 210 LOA, 10.0 metres draught.

APPROACH: La Vigilantia is 41 nautical miles up the Suriname River.


One berth maximum length 220 metres for alumina loading. Draught 35 ft. One berth for general cargo, limestone and oil. Draught 25 ft. One berth for bauxite discharge. Draught 20 ft. Loading draught controlled by draught across bar at entrance of Suriname River averages 21.5 ft. WORKING HOURS: Continuous operation, all year round.




Top loader 1 28 Truck crane 1 60 Fork-lift truck 5 2.5 to 9 Tractors, trailers as required.

APPROACH: Paranam is 42 nautical miles up the Suriname River. WEATHER: NE Trade winds and tropical weather.

TIDAL RANGE: 10 ft. TRANSPORT: By road and river. ANCHORAGE: Simons Polder 3 miles down river (8.0 metres) and Groot Chatillion 2 miles up river (10.0 metres). PILOTAGE: Compulsory. VHF Channel 12. TOWAGE: Private tugs available but not required. EQUIPMENT: Alumina berth: One telescopic spout with dust suppressor, chicksan for caustic soda, fuel oil and diesel oil. General berth: one gantry crane of 50 tonnes. Various sizes of fork-lift trucks, front end loaders and trucks. STORAGE: Open storage for containers. Storage tanks for alumina. AIR DRAUGHT: 12.5 metres at alumina berth (average). BUNKERS: Available by tank barge and road tanker. PROVISIONS: Available. WATER: Available.

MOENGO LOCATION: 5°38’N; 54°25’W. AUTHORITY: Former bauxite port now owned and operated by Traymore NV Traymore NV Moengo Dock Operations Frederik Derbystraat 37-39, Paramaribo Tel: +597 411 332, 422 441 Fax: +597 471 830 Email: ACCOMMODATION: Two berths for vessels up to 400 ft in length. River depth of 9 to 10 ft. APPROACH: The port is about 70 miles up the Cottica River, which joins the Commewijne River. It is 94 miles from Suriname River light buoy.

BUNKERS: Available. PILOTAGE: Compulsory. Pilot boards at sea buoy. Vessels should send ETA 36, 24 and 12 hours prior to arrival at the sea buoy on VHF Channel 12. Pilotage supplies by MAS. Tel: +597 476 733. TOWAGE: Private tugs are available. EQUIPMENT: The terminal will be operated with Hyster container handlers with capacities from 5 to 45 tonnes and a range of trucks and trailers. STORAGE: 21 hectares being developed with open and coverage storage. One existing shed. WATER: Small volumes are available. MEDICAL AID: Hospitals in Paramaribo.

WEATHER: NE trade winds and tropical weather TIDE: Tidal range averages 8.5 ft at springs and 5 ft at neaps. TRANSPORT: Inland transport is by road. AIRPORTS: Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport is 100 km from seaport. Airstrip located about 5 km from seaport.



DIRECTORY USEFUL ADDRESSES NV Havenbeheer Suriname Havenlaan Zuid 5 PO Box 2307, Paramaribo Tel: +597 404 044 Fax: +597 403 691 Email: Web:

Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Surinam Airways)

Coppenamestraat 136, Paramaribo PO Box 2029, Paramaribo Tel: +597 465 700 / 499 844 / 499845 Fax: +597491 213 Web:

Cornelis Jongbawstraat 2 PO Box 888, Paramaribo Tel: +597 476 733 / 426 769 Fax: +597 472 940 Web:

NV Luchthavenbeheer (Airport Authority Suriname) Wayambostraat 5, Paramaribo Tel: +597 401 348 / 401 657 Fax: +597 401 600

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname

Coesewijnestraat 1, Zorg & Hoop Paramaribo / PO Box 12587 Tel: +597 434 186 / 434 286 Fax: +597 434 371 / 531 843 Email:

Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Tourism

Prins Hendrikstraat 26-28, Paramaribo Tel: +597 420 422/3/4 Fax: +597 420 425 Email:, Web:

BANKS Waterkant 16-20, Paramaribo PO Box 1801, Paramaribo Tel: +597 473 741 Fax: +597 476 444 Email: Web:

DFLSA Incorporated

Berliozstraat 3, Ma Retraite 111 Paramaribo Tel: +597 458 481/ (0)862 2495 Fax: +597458486 Email:

DSB Bank

Henck Arronstraat 26-30, Paramaribo PO Box 1806, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 100 Fax: +597 411 750 / 477 835 Email: Web:

Finabank NV

Corner Dr Sophie Redmondstraat Waaldijkstraat, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 266 / 424 328 422 827 Fax: +597410471 Email: finabankc&

Finatrust / De Trustbank NV


Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 93 Paramaribo PO Box 2922, Paramaribo Tel: +597 476 111 Fax: +597 472 244


Hakrinbank NV

PO Box 1847, Paramaribo Tel: +597 493 464 Fax: +597 494 423 Email: Web:

AIRLINES Blue Wing Airlines NV

Doekhieweg Oost 3 (Zorg & Hoop) Tel: +597 434393 Fax: +597 433909 Email:

Caribbean Airlines Ltd

Wagenweg 36 Tel: +597 520 034/520 035/411 434 Fax: +597 425 151/325 351 Email:

Gum Air NV

Doekhieweg Oost 3 (Zorg & Hoop) Tel: +597 432057/498760/497670 Fax: +597 491740 Email:

Insel Air

General sales agent NV VSH Logistics Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 229 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 479043 or 497066 Fax: +597 470082 Web:

Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 71 Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 151 / 426 330 Fax: +597 474 554 Email: Web:

Surinaamse Postspaarbank (SPSB) Central Bank of Suriname

Maritieme Autoriteit Suriname (Maritime Authority Suriname)

Surichange Bank NV

Knuffelsgracht 10-14, Paramaribo PO Box 1879, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 256 Fax: +597 472 952 Email:

VCB bank / Surinaamse Volkscredietbank

Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 11 -13 PO Box 1813, Paramaribo Tel: +597 410 000 Fax-. +597 479 874


Kerkplein 1, Paramaribo PO Box 1836, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 555 Fax: +597411 325 Web:

Van Vliet Constructie

Maystraat 28 Tel: +597 499 920 Fax: +597 490 811 Email:


Stiviweg BR1, Paramaribo Tel: +597 482 027 Fax: +597 482 569 Email: Web:

Staatsolie Maatshappij Suriname N.V.

Tout Lui Faut Refinery Sir Winston Churchillweg 79 District Wanica, Suriname PO Box 1865 Kerkplein Tel: +597 480 501 Fax: +597 480 333 24-hour service: Tel: +597 85 4 3835 (for fuel) Web:


Nieuw-Nickerie Tel: +597 212 270 Web:

Nationale Trust- en Financieringsmaatschappii

Arabistraat 2449 Tel: +597 455 091/551 093/551 094 Fax: +597 550 065 Email:

Hofstr/Anton de Komstr. Paramaribo Tel: +597 479 955 Fax: +597 422 042 Email:

LB BANK NV (Landbouwbank)

Mr J. Lachmonstraat 160-162 Paramaribo Tel: +597 465 000 Fax: +597 497 192

Vasilda NV


Nationaal Vervoer Bedrijf NV (NVB) (National Transport Company)

Nationale Ontwikkelingsbank Suriname NV

Jan tooropstraat 17 Tel: +597 551 027 Fax: +597 551 700 Email:

Waterkant 104, Paramaribo PO Box 1804, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 616 Fax: +597 473 257 Email: btlsvcb@sr. net

Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 11-13 Paramaribo PO Box 1813, Paramaribo Tel: +597 477 722 Fax: +597 472 066 Email: Web: Mr EH.R. Lim A Postraat 28-30 Paramaribo PO Box 929, Paramaribo Tel: +597 475 945 Fax” +597 411 965 Email:

Sijp Constructions NV

Kwattaweg 40, Paramaribo Tel: +597 411 924 / 410 922 Fax: +597 473 326

Ace Consultancy

CRANES Gottwald Port Technology GmbH Fortstrasse 16 40597 Düsseldorf Germany Tel: +49 (0)211 7102-3 765 Fax: +49 (0)211 7102-3 651 Web:

DISTRIBUTION Subisco International

Neeltjes v ravenswaaystr4 PO Box 9299 Tel: +597 425 843 Fax: +597 421 103 Email:

Mitra Trading NV

Bonistraat 66 (Geyersvlijt) PO Box 874 Tel: +597 458 866 Fax: +597 458 880 Email:

G.G. Maynardstraat


Industrieweg Zuid 12 Tel: +597 485 738/486 889 Fax: +597 483 106 Email:

ENERGY NV Energiebedrijven Suriname Noorderkerkstraat 2-14 PO Box 1825 Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 045 Fax: +597 474 866 Web:



van Roosmalenstraat 30 - PO Box 770 Tel: +597 472 275 / 477 805 Fax: +597 474 408 Email:

Ballast Nedam Infra BV


Havenlaan Oost PO Box 3012, Paramaribo Tel: +597 402 796 Fax: +597 402 797 Web:


Sommelsdijckstraat 8 bv - PO Box 1047 Tel: +597 475 642 / 475 848 Fax: +597 473 831 Email:

NV Rustwijk & Rustwijk

Tramsingel 2 Postbus 3199 4800 DD Breda Tel: +31 (0)76 522 50 22 Fax: +31 (0)76 522 30 26 Email: Web:

Mahonylaan 46 - PO Box 722 Tel: +597 474 563 / 474 223 Fax: +597 474 064 Email:




Sir Winston Churchillweg 813 Tel: +597 370 460 Fax: +597 370 407 Email:


Domineestraat Nr.34 PO Box 2924 Tel: +597 473 512 Fax: +597 472 473 Email:

Baank Shipping

Fransstraat 1 PO Box 2626 Tel: +597 404 312/311/240 Fax: +597 404 241 Email:

NV Global Expedition

Saramaccadoorsteek 18a Paramaribo Tel: +597 484 560 Fax: +597 480 411 Email: Web:

VSH United (USA) L.L.C.

2000 NW 97th Ave, Suite 114 33172 FL, Miami, Florida Tel: +1 305 500 9062 Email: jeanine.liongasang@

Torarica Hotel & Casino Mr LJ Rietbergplein 1 PO Box 1514, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 500 Fax: +597 411 682 Web:

Royal Torarica Hotel

Kleine Waterstraat 10 PO Box 2927 Tel: +597 473 500 Fax: +597 473 808 Web:


Grote Combéweg 37, Paramaribo Tel: +597 473 400 / 477 955 Fax: +597 472 390 Email: Web:

Clica Life Insurance Company Suriname NV/Clico General Insurance Company Suriname NV Klipstenenstraat 29, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 525 #242 & #253 Fax: +597476777 Email: Web:

Fatum NV

Noorderkerkstraat 5-7, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 541 Fax: +597 410 067 Email: Web:

Parsasco NV

IMPORT & EXPORT Trans America Trading

Frederik Derbystraat 20 Tel: +597 475 273 /425 549/520 981 Fax: +597 422 647 Email:

J.L. Jong A Kiem NV

Coppenamestraat 203 Tel: +597 471 600 / 491 600 Fax: +597 491 855 Email:

Guimar NV

Nw Charlesburgweg 59 Tel: +597 420 117/420 119 Fax: +597 421 022 Email:

VSH Trading

van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat 9-11 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 403277 Fax: +597 403515 Email:

HOTELS Eco Resort Inn

Cornelis Jongbawstraat 16 PO Box 2998 Tel: +597 425 522 Fax: +597 425 510 Web:

Henck Arronstraat 117, Paramaribo Tel: +597 421 212 Fax: +597 421 325 Email: Web:

Self-Reliance NV

Heerenstraat 48-50, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 582 / 474 182 / 474 446 Fax: +597 475 588 Email: Web:


Weidestraat 63 Tel: +597 477729/478580 Fax: +597 477920 Email:

MULTI-SERVICE COMPANIES Rudisa Holdingmaarschappij NV Ds Martin Luther Kingweg 8-9 Paramaribo Tel: +597 485 727 Fax|: +597 485 629 Email: Web:


Head office: Frederik Berbystraat 37-39 Paramaribo Tel: +597 422 4411 (Paramaribo) Harbour: Gouv. van Asbecklaan 38 Moengo-Marowijne Tel: +597 0341820 (Moengo) Email: Web:




Nabi Kamroel

Canawaima Ferry Service Incorporated

Beekhuizenweg 73 a Tel: +597 8850510

SHIPBUILDING & SHIPREPAIR Damen Shipyards Group PO Box 1, 4200 Gorinchem The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)183 63 98 82 Mob: _31 (0)612 20 77 96 Email: Web:

Suriname Drydock and Shipbuilding Company S.A.

Saramaccastraat 33-35 PO Box 1846 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 475 100 or 425 757 or 424 252 Fax: + 597 420 750 Email: Web:

H.N. van Diikstraat 45, Nieuw-Nickerie Tel: +597 211 130

Eukor Car Carriers

Shiroyama Trust Tower 33F 3-1 Toranomon 4-Chrome Minato-ku Tokyo 105-6033, Japan Tel: +81-3-5472-1269 Fax: +81-3-3578-0808 Web:


55 Waugh Drive, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77007 Toll Free: +1 800 229 8701 Tel: +1 281 885 3500 Fax: +1 281 872 4444 Email: Web:

NV Scheepvaart Maatschappij Suriname (SMS)


(Suriname Shipping Company) Waterkant 44, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 477 or 472 670 Fax: +597 474 814 Email: Web:

Continental Shipping Agencies NV

Seaboard Marine

Abattoirstraat 8 Tel: +597 401 801/401 802 Fax: +597 401 805 Email: Web:

H. Bromet Shipping Domineestraat Nr.34 PO Box 2924 Tel: +597 473 512 Fax: +597 472 473 Email:

Integra Marine & Freight Services PO Box 1842, Havenlaan Zuid Paramaribo Tel: +597 404 282 Fax: +597 402 392 Email: Email: Web:

NV MSC Suriname

Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 229 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 470083 Email: Web:

VSH Scheepvaartmij/United Suriname

v/h Hogerhuysstr 9-11, PO Box 1860 Tel: +597 402 558/402 450 Fax: +597 403515 Email:

8001 NW 79th Avenue Miami, Florida 33166 Tel: +1 305 863-4444 Fax: +1 305 863-4400 Email: Web:

Seafreight Agencies USA, Inc As general agents for SeaFreight Line Ltd 2800 NW 105th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172, USA Tel: +305 592 6060 Fax: +305 471 9555 Email: Web:

Seatrade Rotterdam BV

Ravelstraat 5 3161 WE Rhoon The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)10 494 55 44 Fax: +31 (0)10 501 94 17 Email: Web:

Trans Caribbean Line Ltd Abattoirstraat 8 Tel: +597 401 801/401 802 Fax: +597 401 805 Email: Web:

VSH United (USA) L.L.C.

NV VSH Logistics

2000 NW 97th Ave, Suite 114 33172 FL, Miami, Florida Tel: +1 305 500 9062 Email:

NV VSH Shipping


Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 229 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 479043 or 497066 Fax: +597 470082 Email: van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat 9-11 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 402558 Fax: +597 403515 Email:


Heiligenweg 14, PO Box 1839 Tel: +597 473 944 / 4742 42 Fax: +597 424 171 Email:


Henk Aaronstraat 27-29 Tel: +597 462 626 Fax: +597 475 502 Email:


Bonistraat 114 Tel: +597 459691


Abattoirstraat 8 Tel: +597 401 801/401 802 Fax: +597 401 805 Email: Web:

Integra Port Services / DP World Paramaribo Havenlaan Zuid 12, Paramaribo Tel: +597 402 890 or 402 875 Fax: +597 402 392 Web: www.

NV VSH Transport

van ‘t Hogerhuysstr 9-11, PO Box 1860 Tel: +597 402558 / 402450 Fax: +597 403515 General manager: Patrick Healy Email:

NV Global Expedition (at Moengo)

TOWAGE, PILOTAGE & SALVAGE Maritieme Autoriteit Suriname (MAS) Cornelis Jongbawstraat 2 PO Box 888, Paramaribo Tel: +597 476 733 Fax: +597 472 940 Email: Web:

TRANSPORT SERVICES Cambridge International Transport

Latourweg 52-54 Tel: +597 484 025 Fax: +597 486 458 Email:

Global Group

Saramaccadoorsteek 18a Tel: +597 484 560 Fax: +597 480 411 Email:


Saramaccadoorsteek 18-A Industrieterrein Zuid, Paramaribo Tel: +597 484 560 Fax: +597 480 411 Email: Web:

Hem Suriname

Rudisa Shipping Company NV (private terminal)

NV VSH Transport

Hotstede Crull’laan 2 Tel: +597 433 731 Fax: +587 422 963 Email:

Heerenstraat 4 PO Box 1843 Tel: +597 472 351 Fax: +597 411 611 Email: van ‘t Hogerhuysstr 9-11, PO Box 1860 Tel: +597 402558 Fax: +597 403515 Email:



Stichting Toerisme Suriname (Suriname Tourism Foundation)


Dr. Nassylaan 2, Paramaribo Tel: +597 410 357 / 424 878 Fax: +597 477 786 Email: Web:

Tourist Information Centre

Fort Zeelandia Complex, Paramaribo Tel: +597 479 200 Email: Web:

Tourism Union of the Republic of Suriname (TOURS) Chairman: Gerald Wong c/o Hotel Torarica Mr Rietbergplein, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 500 #5382 Fax: +597421 618

Vereniging van Surinaamse Touroperators (VESTOR) (Association of Surinamese Tour Operators) Andesietstraat 4, Paramaribo Tel: +597 453 070 / (0)883 0557 Fax: +597 550 550 Email:

Suriname Hotel Association (SHA) Web: Associatie van Surinaamse Reisagenten (ASRA) (Association of Surinamese Travel Agents) Email:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Kingdom of Belgium - Brussels

Avenue Louise 379, 1050 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 2 640 1172 / 2 640 1244 Fax: +32 2 646 3962 Email: Web:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Federal Republic of Brazil Brasilia

Shis - 019 Conjunto 8 Casa 24, CEP 71625-080 Lago Sul, Brasilia, Brazil Tel: +55 61 248 3595 / 61 248 1625 Fax: +55 61 248 3791 Email:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to People’s Republic of China Beijing

1-3-31, Diplomatic Compound, Jianguomenwai, Beijing 100600, People’s Republic of China Tel: +86 1 (0)653 22938,1 (0)653 22939 Fax: +86 1 (0)653 22941

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana - Georgetown 171 Peter Rose & Crown Street, Queens Town, Georgetown, Guyana Tel: +592 252 631 / 267 844 Fax: +592 250 759 Email:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Republic of India - New Delhi C-15, Malcha Marg, New Delhi 110021, India Tel: +91 11 2688 8453 / 11 2688 8454 Fax: +91 11 2688 8450 Email:

Embassy to Republic of Indonesia - Jakarta

Plaza Central Building 16th floor.Jl. Jenderal, Sudirman kav.47, 12930, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia Tel: +62 21574 2878 / 520 7990 #3636 Fax: +62 21 574 0015

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Kingdom of the Netherlands The Hague Alexander Gogelweg 2, 2517 JH The Hague, The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)70 3650 844 Fax: +31 (0)70 3617 445

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain

11 Maraval Road, 5th Floor Tatil Building, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Tel: +868 628 0704 / 628 0089 Fax: +868 628 0086 Email:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Permanent Mission of Suriname to United Nations - New York 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 320, New York, NY 10017, USA Tel: +1 212 826 0660 / 212 826 0661 Fax: +1 212 9807029

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to United States of America and to Organization of American States (OAS - Washington, DC Suite 460, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008, USA Tel: +1 202 244 7488 / 202 244 7590 Fax: +1 202 244 5878 Email:

Embassy of Republic of Suriname to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - Caracas

4a Ave. entre 7a y 8a Transversal, Qta. Los Milagros, Altamira, Caracas 1060A, Venezuela Apartado Postal 61140 - Chacao Tel: +58 2 12 261 2095 Fax: +58 2 12 261 2724 Email:

SURINAME CONSULATES ABROAD Consulate General of Republic of Suriname to La Guyana Française - Cayenne 3 Avenue Leopold Heider, 97300 Cayenne, La Guyane Française Tel: +594 282 160 / 282 179 Fax: +594 317645 Email: cg,

Consulate General of Republic of Suriname to Jamaica - Kingston

1 Hopefield Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica Tel: +1 876 968 8321 / 968 8322 Fax: +1 876 968 8322

Consulate General of Republic of Suriname to Kingdom of the Netherlands - Amsterdam

De Cuserstraat 11, 1081 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)20 642 6137 / (0)20 548 1713 / (0)20 548 1712 Fax: +31 (0)20 646 5311

Consulate General of Republic of Suriname to Netherlands Antilles - Willemstad Gosieweg 15, Rio Canario PO Box 6072, Curaçao, NA Tel: +599 9 888 1099 Fax: +599 9 888 1055 Email:

Consulate General of Republic of Suriname to United States of America - Miami 7235 NW - 19th Street, Suite A, Miami, FL 33126, USA Tel: +1 305 593 2697 / 305 593 2163 Fax: +1 305 599 1034 Email:

EMBASSIES IN SURINAME Embassy of Federative Republic of Brazil

H.E. Marcelo Baumbach Maratakkastraat 2 Tel: +597 400 200; 400 202 Fax: +597 400 205 Email:

Embassy of People’s Republic of China H.E. Yan Nansheng Anton Dragtenweg 154 Tel: +597 451 570; 451 210 Fax: +597 452 540 Email:

Embassy of Republic of Cuba

H.E. Julio Armando Solís Ferreiro Brokopondolaan 4 Tel: +597 434 917 Fax: +597 432 626 Email:

Delegation of European Union

Mrs Esmerelda Hernandez Aragones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Dr S. Redmonstraat 239 Tel: +597 499 322; 499 349 Fax: +597 493 076 Email:

Embassy of French Republic

H.E. Joël Godeau Henck Arronstraat 7 Tel: +597 475 222; 476 455 Fax: +597 474 768 Email:

Embassy of Cooperative Republic of Guyana

H.E. Keith L. George Henck Arronstraat 82 Tel: +597 472 509; 477 895 Fax: +597 472 679 Email:

Embassy of Republic of India

Mr Ram Lal Negi, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Dr S. Redmondstraat 221 Tel: +597 498 344; 534 448; 462 772; 531 449 Fax: +597 491 106 Email:



Embassy of Republic of Indonesia H.E. Nur Syahrir Rahardjo Van Brussellaan 3 Tel: +597 431 230; 431 171 Fax: +597 434 035; 498 234 Email:

Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands

Mr Robert J. Petri, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Roseveltkade 5 Tel: +597 477 211 Fax: +597 477 792 Email:

Embassy of United States of America

Mrs Margaret B. McKean, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Dr S. Redmondstraat 129 Tel: +597 472 900; 475 051 Fax: +597 420 800 Web: wwwhmainhtml

Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Mrs Thais Romero Ferrer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Henck Arronstraat 23-25 Tel: +597 475 401; 422 040 Fax: +597 475 602 Email:

CONSULATES IN SURINAME Consulate of Republic of Austria Mr Marcel J. B. Chehin - Honorary Consul Burenstraat 33, Paramaribo Tel: +597 476 433 Fax: +597 422 817 Email:

Consulate of Barbados

Mr Robert H. Power, M Sc - Honorary Consul Kwattaweg 386, Paramaribo Tel: +597 432 880 433 757 Fax: +597 432 880 433 757 Email:

Consulate of Kingdom of Belgium Mr Eduard Hogenboom - Honorary Consul Domineestraat 32, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 545 / 477 884 Fax: +597 410 563 Email:

Consulate of Canada

Mr Anton F. Smit - Honorary Consul Wagenwegstraat 50, Paramaribo Tel: +597 424 527 Fax: +597 425 962 Email:

Consulate of Republic of Chile Mr Felix Ch. Chan Pin Jin - Honorary Consul Wagenwegstraat 49, Paramaribo PO Box 33, Paramaribo Tel: +597 425 772 Fax: +597 425 215 Email:


Consulate of Republic of Colombia

Mrs Roselyne A.K.C. Chiu Hung-Charles -Honorary Consul Zwarten hovenbrugstraat 71, Paramaribo PO Box 443, Paramaribo Tel: +597 420 900 / 473 211 Fax: +597 472 666 Email:

Consulate of Kingdom of Denmark

Mr Flip de Vries - Honorary Consul Waterkant 92-96, Paramaribo PO Box 1849 / 1850, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 222 / 424 902 Fax: +597475718 Email:

Consulate of Federal Republic of Germany

Domineestraat 38, Paramaribo Tel: +597 520 369 / 477 868 Fax: +597 478 524

Consulate of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Mr James, J. Healy - Honorary Consul Van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat 9-11, Paramaribo Tel: +597 402 870 / 402 558 Fax: +597403824 Email:

Consulate of Hellenic Republic of Greece Mr Remi A.G. Vijzelman - Honorary Consul Havenlaan-Zuid, Nieuwe Havencomplex, Paramaribo Tel: +597 403 872 Fax: +597 402 392 Email:

Consulate of State of Grenada Via Bellalaan 1, Paramaribo Tel: +597 497 922 Fax: +597 434 141

Consulate-General of Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Nickerie Mr Arlington Bancroft, Consul-General West Kanaalstraat 10, Nieuw Nickerie Tel: +597 (0)211 019 Fax: +597 (0)212 080

Consulate of Republic of Haiti Mr G. Michael Vervuurt - Honorary Consul Waterkant 12, Paramaribo Tel: +597 473 838 Fax: +597 477 750 Email:

Consulate of State of Israel

Mr Jules Fernandes - Honorary Consul Klipstenenstraat 1, Paramaribo Tel: +597 425 778 / 425 739 Fax: +597 425 701 Email:

Consulate of Republic of Italy Mr Sonny R. Ma Ajong - Honorary Consul Palmeneribolaan 1, Paramaribo Tel: +597 465 858 Fax: +597 490 942 Email:

Consulate of Jamaica

Mr Deryck W. Heinemann - Honorary Consul Heerenstraat 15, Paramaribo Tel: +597 479 210 Fax: +597 479 268 Email:

Consulate of Republic of Lebanon Mr Antoine G. Frangie - Honorary Consul Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 24, Paramaribo Tel: +597 475 962 Fax: +597 479 763 Email:

Consulate of Northern Ireland Van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat 9-11, Paramaribo Tel: +597 402 870 / 402 558 Fax: +597 403 824

Consulate of United States of Mexico

Mr Henk G. Esajas - Honorary Consul Suralco, Paranam Tel: +597 (0)32 3304 Fax: +597 (0)32 3004 Email:

Consulate General of Kingdom of Norway

Mr Marcel A. Meyer - Honorary Consul Van Roosmalenstraat 30, Paramaribo Tel: +597 472 275 / 474 381 Fax: +597 474 408 Email:

Consulate of Republic of Poland Mr Dennis K. Kopinsky - Honorary Consul Jan Zweerstraat 11, Paramaribo Tel/fax: +597 434 833 Email:

Consulate of Republic of Portugal Mr Robert J. Bromet - Honorary Consul Domineestraat 34, Paramaribo Tel: +597 473 512 Fax: +597 472 473 Email:

Consulate of South Korea

Mr Tim van Ommeren - Honorary Consul Franchepanestraat 24, Paramaribo Tel: +597 462 064 Fax: +597 462 085 Email:

Consulate General of Kingdom of Spain

Mrs Lilian H. Lieuw Kie Song-Lim A Po Honorary Consul Dieterstraat 18, Paramaribo Tel: +597 462 873 Fax: +597 490 334 Email:

Consulate of Kingdom of Sweden Mr Sigmund Proeve - Honorary Consul Henck Arronstraat 26-30, Paramaribo Tel: +597 471 100 / 411 750

Consulate of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Mr Rudi A. Tjong A Hung - Honorary Consul Mr J. Lachmonstraat 158, Paramaribo Tel: +597 463 201 Fax: +597 493 800 Email:

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS Organization of the American States (OAS) Noorderkerkstraat 3 (bov.) Tel: +597 477 355; 472 982 Fax: +597 410 950; 420 600 Email:

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Mr Cromwell Crawford Letitia Vriesdelaan Tel: +597 410 951 Fax: +597 410 727 Email:

Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI) Mr Hendrik Alimahomed, Director Henck Arronstraat 25 Tel: +597 474 259; 474 215 Fax: +597 474 259

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sub-office, Suriname

Mr Thomas Gittens, UNDP Country Director Heerenstraat 17 Tel: +597 425 148; 420 030; 421 417 Fax: +597 425 136 Email: Email:

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Chief of Field Office Heerenstraat 17 Tel: +597 421 584; 420 030 Fax: +597 424 488 Email: Web:

Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Mr Guillermo Troya Rojas, Representative Henck Arronstraat 60 Tel: +597 471 676 Fax: +597 471 568 Email:

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Mr Marco Nicola, Representative Peter Brunesstraat 2-4 Tel: +597 521 201; 521 224 Fax: +597 521 229 Email: cof/

Caricom Competition Commission (CCC) Mrs Bertha Isidore, Acting Executive Director Hendrikstraat 69 Tel: +597 491 439 Fax: +597 530 639 Email: Email:

Havenlaan Zuid No 5, PO Box 2307 Paramaribo, Suriname Tel: +597 404 044 Fax: +597 403 691 Email:

Suriname Ports Handbook 2013-14  

Official ports handbook for Havenbeheer Suriname Port Management Company. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you