The Bay of Cienfuegos has ample anchorage zones. The most important area:
General Anchorage at about the middle of the bay and North Anchorage, at the
N part of the bay.
Regarding the capacity and conditions of Cienfuegos anchorages it can be
said that they meet the requirements of the largest vessels, which
presently or in future could enter this port.
ICP Submarine Pipeline Anchorage (formerly Standard Anchorage)
Located at E of Pt. Majagua. Max. draft even keel 11.58 m
(38'), length 207 m (679'). Buoys lack maintenance. The submarine
pipeline is 884 m (2.900') long from the intake up to the deposit
tanks, 12'' in diameter. The connection is 8'' in diameter.
Vessels berth to 3 mooring buoys aft using both anchors.
The only product handled is fuel oil, which averages a rate of discharge of
420 t p/h.
Berthing operations performed only during daylight hours.
Fertilisers Plant Submarine Pipeline Anchorage
Located at W of Buoy No. 3-D. Draft even keel 9.45 m (31'),
length 162 m (531'). According to the new pipeline installations for
nafta and fuel oil, there is no capacity on the berth for ships with a
length over 162 m (531').
It has been recommended the stern mooring buoys be relocated further to the
W in order to operate vessels up to 207 m (679') length and the need to
place the missing bow buoy.
The fuel oil pipeline is 2.310 m (7.578') in length, and 16''
in diameter with 10'' connection.
The naphta pipeline is 10'' in diameter with 10''
Vessels berth to 3 mooring buoys aft and by the starboard anchor of the
ship. The bottom is soft mud.
Vessels discharging naphta must pump, after discharging same, about 200 t
of fresh water. Water must be taken at prior ports of call because delay
may result to vessel if Cienfuegos water barge is not able to supply water.
Average rate of discharging is:
Naphta 400 t p/h, fuel oil 450 t p/h. Berthing operations at this port are
performed only during daylight hours. No water or bunkers available by
Thermoelectric Plant Submarine Pipeline Anchorage
Located on the N side of the North Anchorage. Draft 10.97 m
(36'), length 207 m (679'). The hooks of the mooring buoys are
inverted. The bow mooring buoy is sank and no buoy rope has been placed to
mark it, and therefore to perform manoeuvre of casting port side anchor is
Pipeline is 14'' in diameter and 6'' connection.
Vessels berth to 3 mooring buoys aft and to another mooring buoy at the
port side forward and use the starboard side anchor.
Only products handled is fuel oil which can be discharged at an average
rate of 500 t p/h.
Berthing operations can be performed only during daylight hours.
Located on the N part of the bay, at the zone NW of the city and
S of Tricontinental Pier and Raminez Cove.
This zone is located at 20 deg. 09' and 22 deg. 09'30'' N -
80 deg. 28' and 80' 28'30''W.
Although bottom is soft mud the anchors hold perfectly well and securely.
Min. draft of anchorage is 12.19 m (40') and can accommodate several
large vessels with sufficient swinging area. Vessels anchor with 3 shackles
of chain. At this place vessels await berth, bunker, water, etc. and also
can discharge or load by means of barges.
Located in the middle of the bay and covers a square space
limited by Pt. Gorda and Jaragua Cove, at the S and Pt. Majagua and Pt.
Salinas at the N.
This zone is located at 22 deg. 07' and 22 deg. 08'15''N -
80 deg. 27'15'' and 80 deg. 28'W.
Max. draft is 10.97 m (36'). Bottom is soft mud but in spite of this
anchors hold well and securely.
Usually vessels anchor with three shackles of chain. At this anchorage,
vessels await berth, bunker, water, provisions, etc. and also can discharge
or load by means of barges.
Quarantine and Explosive Anchorage
Located at 0.5 mile off Pt. Barril. As indicated by its name,
this anchorage is used in case of quarantine to vessels or when carrying
explosive cargo. The bottom is soft mud having a draft of 15.25 m
(50'). Vessels anchor at this anchorage with 3 shackles of chain.