Callao /

Port information

The Callao Port is comprised by one open exterior small bay, protected in the south part. The superior-exterior small bay is the first anchorage place for any kind of ships, with more than 39º of depth.

The special conditions in reference to sea currents, tides, lack of rains, etc. offer high security.

Port entry has 180m. width and the ships can enter 30' of draft normally until 34' in high water.
The depth of the moorings varies from 27' to 37'.
The interior small bay has approximately one square mile of area and is limited by the land and two brake waters.

Geographical locations

Lat. 12º 03' S
Long 77º 09' O

Infuence zone

By it's geographical position related to the country and it's hemispherical location in the Pacific area, the Callao Port has enough zone of influence which is reflected in big volumes of loading due to cabotage, import and export.

Callao nationwide moves around the fifth part of the total tonnage from the country.

Communication routes

The Callao sea Terminal is located in the Provincia Constitucional del Callao (Constitutional Province of Callao), far away from Lima, Capital of Peru, just some 15 kilometers and is connected to the Republic Capital by means of four highways. All of them are crossed transversally by the Av. Elmer Faucett which connects the International Airport " Jorge Chavez" to the Capital.

Since the Callao Port it can be translated easily to any place of the country: by the Central Highway to the interior and, by the Panamericana Highway to the north and south of the country. There is a connection with the Central Railroad of Peru which connects Lima city to the interior of the country, crossing the Cordillera de Los Andes.

By sea route, the Callao Port is connected particularly to the countries of Pacific coast and generally to those which have navigation advantages.

Navigation aids

Port Settlement: 5.36 hrs.
Tidal Amplitude during syzygies: 0.90m
Average of tidal amplitude: 0.55m
Dredging: The dredging is made with own equipment according to an annual plan of dredging.
Protection: The port is protected in the South by Chucuito littoral, La Punta and the San Lorenzo Island. Besides there are two breakwaters, one of 2,175m at the North and another of 1,090m at the south. 
Lighthouses: In the channel of entry to the Callao Port, there are two light houses named North and South Lighthouse.
Buoys: The channel of entry is marked by light buoys which are located at 1,000 m from the top of the breakwaters and separated 180.5 m each other.
Anchorage places: The anchorage place is free to all kind of shipments in the exterior small bay of the port.
Pilotage: It is obligatory. The service of Pilots is covered by very experienced Captains of the Callao Sea Terminal.

Port facilities

Freight Platforms: There are nine freight platforms for the direct traffic
Moorings: There are 29 moorings distributed as follows:

  • 3 Moorings (1A, 1B, 1C) in the freight platform Nº 1.
  • 3 Moorings (2A, 2B, 2C) in the freight platform Nº 2.
  • 3 Moorings (3A, 3B, 3C) in the freight platform Nº 3.
  • 3 Moorings (4A, 4B, 4C) in the freight platform Nº 4.
  • 3 Moorings (5A, 5B, 5C) in the freight platform Nº 5.
  • 2 Moorings in freight platform Nº 7(freight platform of oil)
  • 5 Moorings (9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E) in freight platform Nº 9. The moorings 9D
    and 9E serve small ships and repairs.
  • 2 Moorings (10C, 10D) in the freight platform Nº 10.
  • 3 Moorings (11A, 11B, 11C) in the freight platform Nº 11.

NOTE: The average longitude of the moorings is 600 feet.