Puerto Plata

Construction at Puerto Plata

2019, March 1: There are signs that the initiative to resuscitate the Puerto Plata port for cruise and cargo business will begin shortly.

The country’s President, Danilo Medina Sánchez, recently (January 14, 2019) attended a ground-breaking ceremony at the port to symbolically begin construction.

Cruise ship at Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata is the main marine cargo facility on the Dominican Republic’s (DomRep) north coast. It has the Caribbean’s only functioning aerial tramway.

Site works will include reconstruction of the cargo dock and construction of a cruise and passenger terminal. The new cruise facilities are expected to make Puerto Plata a major contributor to the country’s already successful cruise business. In 2017, cruise ship arrivals in the DomRep increased by 37% over the previous year; pushing passenger arrivals to 1.2 million (200,000 more than expectations).

The Puerto Plata development is expected to cost over USD100 million. []