Since 1981, the CPA, a limited liability company whose main shareholder is the island government of Curacao, has managed all of Curacao’s ports. Located in the Southern Caribbean, Curacao boasts of several deepwater ports, most of them sheltered inlets and a natural harbor. CPA is a landlord port authority, owning infrastructure and most of the superstructure of the ports, while the facilities are leased out to private operators. The CPA is the driving force behind the development of the port, providing services; managing its property, equipment and marketing; and upgrading its facilities. The CPA also collects port tariffs, including harbor dues, wharfage, pilotage and cruise passenger fees.
CPA has two sister-companies: The Curacao Towage Company (CTC), the Curacao Pilots Organization (CPO), and two joint ventures: Dutch Caribbean Training Center (DCTC) and Dutch Caribbean Consultants. The DCTC is a 50-50 joint venture with “Bureau Havenwerken Gemeente Rotterdam” and the DCC is a 51-49 joint venture with Dutch Regional Training Center in Flushing, The Netherlands.
The CPA is dedicated to the commercial development of the ports of Curacao. These efforts are aimed at generating more economic activity in the ports and enhancing the properties in the harbor.
Port management is approached from a private sector perspective and all investment and strategic policies are business-oriented. Port fees are reinvested in the maintenance and expansion of the ports.
The CPA regularly makes major investments in upgrading facilities and services to ensure the highest level of professional port operations.