The Bar Channel
, project depth 13.7 m (45'), and its
continuation, Anegado Channel, project depth 11 m (36'), lead from the
sea to the central part of San Juan Bay, a distance of some two miles. Four
other dredged channels lead from there to the inner harbours:
The Army Terminal Channel, which runs in a straight N to S
direction is approx. one mile long and 91.44 m (300') wide, with a
draft of 11 m (36'). The channel leads into the turning basin off the
Army Terminal on the S shore of the bay. On the westerly margin of the
channel there are located the pile-cluster berthing facilities, silos and
other shore side installations for the receipt of bulk grain shipments and
The Puerto Nuevo Channel, approx. 1 mile long and 91.44 m
(300') wide, with an average depth of 9.8 m (32'), runs
northeasterly from the Army Terminal turning basin to the Graving Dock
turning basin. This provides access to modern marine terminal facilities in
the Puerto Nuevo port zone.
The Graving Dock Channel, approx. 1 mile long and 91.44 m
(300') wide, with average mid-channel depth of 9.14 m (30)', runs
in a general SE direction from Anegado Channel to the Graving Dock turning
San Antonio Channel, approx. 1.5 miles long and 300 yards
wide, with average mid-channel depth of 11.0 m (36') branches out from
Anegado Channel for about one quarter of a mile up to Isla Grande Light
Beacon, thence along the north shore of Isla Grande in a straight WE
direction for about one mile to the small craft anchorage
''D'' and the Yacht Club. This channel is bounded on the
north margin by commercial piers and the Frontier Base berthing facilities
and in the south by Isla Grande marginal wharf and the Puerto Rico Maritime
Shipping Authority container terminal facilities.
The outer channels are subject to silting but are maintained at or near
their projected depths by frequent dredging.
All Channels are well buoyed and lighted. Speed limit within the harbour
is 6 knots.