Puerto Miranda
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OPERATORS: PDVSA PETROLEO, S.A
LOCATION: LAKE MARACAIBO
LAT: 10° 46' 00" N, LONG: 71° 34' 30" W
DENSITY: 997-1003. MAX SAILING DRAFT: 37'03 HIDE TIDE
LAKE MAIN CHANNEL MAX DRAFT RESTRICTIONS:
LOW TIDE: 34’9” MEDIUM TIDE: 35’3” HIGH TIDE: 37’03”

General Information:
Puerto Miranda terminal has been authorized to perform export operations, and consequently works as a Subordinate Port for Maracaibo Port authorities. Officials of the different port authorities are located in this terminal for clearing vessels and to perform mooring/unmooring operations.
The Terminal consists of two finger piers. Jetty No. 2 (North) provides two berths, Berth No. 1 and No. 2; Jetty No. 3 (South) provides Berths No. 5 and 6. Maraven, S.A exports crude oils and bunker fuels from this Terminal.

Anchorage/Approaches:
Vessels calling at Puerto Miranda will navigate in the lake main channel from "EM" Buoy southbound to the access channel to Puerto Miranda -between buoys B-57 and B-59. Anchorage is restricted to the northwest part of the jetties where a maximum 32-feet draft for maneuvering must be observed. The minimum depth here is 34 feet. The bottom is soft mud and sand and there is a partially hard section near buoy B-59. Fully loaded vessels must leave at high tide with maximum draft of 37'03 FW and must use the exit channel marked by buoys AP 3/2/1 to enter the main channel of Lake Maracaibo. According to the Venezuelan Pilotage Law, articles 10 and 12, vessels navigating in the main channel have traffic preference

Pilotage:
Both inbound and outbound pilot embarks and disembarks at Guaranao Pilot Station (See Maracaibo general information for details) . Berthing/unberthing operations are carried out with the assistance of a special mooring master on arrival at Puerto Miranda. The channel pilot disembarks at the same time. On sailing, the unmooring pilot disembarks between buoys B-57 and B-59 and hands over command of the vessel to the channel pilot. Vessels mus allow three hours before the maximum tide to request pilot for sailing.

Arrival Notice:
The Terminal requires that the Master reply the following questionnaire 72 hours before vessel's arrival:

AA

MASTER'S NAME

BB

GRT / NRT / SDWT / LOA / BEAM / MAX DRAFT / NUMBER AND SIZE OF CONNECTIONS

CC

IS VESSEL FITTED WITH OPERATIONAL IGS (YES/NO)

DD

IS VESSEL REQUIRED BY SOLAS TO USE THE IGS FOR THIS CARGO OPERATION (YES/NO)

EE

IF YES, WILL CARGO TANKS ON ARRIVAL BE INERTED OR GASFREE

FF

IF GASFREE, WHAT TIME WILL BE REQUIRED TO INERT INVOLVED CARGO TANKS

GG

IS VESSEL ENTERED IN TOVALOP (YES/NO)

HH

ARRIVAL DRAFT FORW / AFT

II

SAILING DRAFT FORW / AFT

JJ

DISPLACEMENT ON ARRIVAL

KK

TYPE AND QUANTITY OF BALLAST

LL

DEBALLASTING TIME

MM

KIND AND QUANTITY OF SLOPS

NN

TANK CLEANING TIME, IF ANY

OO

QUANTITY AND GRADE AS PER CARGO NOMINATION

PP

SEQUENCE OF LOADING AND CARGO STOWAGE PLAN

QQ

MAXIMUM LOADING RATE

RR

QUANTITY AND GRADE OF BUNKERS REQUIRED, IF ANY

SS

LAST PORT OF CALL

Berthing:
Berthing and unberthing operations can be performed round-the-clock with the assistance of two tugs, launch and tie-up crew supplied by the Terminal operator. Berthing/unberthing time may be affected by the strong currents during high and low water and time for berthing is established by the Terminal representative (loading master).

Ballast:
Ballast facilities are available. Total ballast pit capacity: 30,000 tons. To ensure safe handling, vessels are requested to arrive with minimum ballast. Maximum discharge rate: 1,000 MT/hour. All clean-dirty ballast in cargo tanks must be pumped ashore. There is a fee collected by the terminal when ballast is discharged ashore. Clean segregated ballast can be discharged lakewise once the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons official has granted permission.

Bunkers/Fresh Water:
Fuels and gasoils are available. Arrangements must be made through the Deltaven Bunkers Sales Department in Caracas. Fresh water is available ex-wharf; however, the supply is restricted and must be requested at least 72 hours in advance.
Arrangements can be made to provide bunkers and fresh water by barge at anchorage.

Loading/Connections/Loading Rate :
Twelve inch connections on a chicksan system are used for all cargo. The maximum loading rate is approximately 5,500 MT/hour.
Products handled are: Fuel oil No. 2 and No. 6 and crude oils Laguna, Tia Juana Pesado, Bachaquero, Lagunillas, Cabimas, Menemota, Lagomar, Lagocinco and Lagotreco which are loaded at all berths.

Berth Restrictions:

BERTH

DRAFT

LOA

BEAM

DISPLACEMENT

SDWT

1

39'06"

910'

100'

90,000 T

115,000 T

2

37'06"

910'

100'

90,000 T

115,000 T

5

39'06"

910'

135'

90,000 T

115,000 T

6

37'06"

910'

135'

90,000 T

115,000 T

Note: Maximum allowable sailing draft at main lake channel is 37'03

For further information: agemar@agemar.com.ve

Whilst AGEMAR has used every means to ensure the accuracy in the compilation of the information contained in this Port Handbook, no responsibility can be accepted in any way for any errors or omissions, either on the part of AGEMAR or its sources.