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In 1875, Barahona already had an export port, so the Government created a sub-delegation of the Treasury in it, and in 1902 the dredging of said port was carried out, a wooden dock was built and some buoys. The construction of the current Port of Barahona dates from 1951, when it became one of the main sugar export ports in the Caribbean. This port replaced the old wooden pier, and consists of a pier approximately 830 m (2,722.4 ft), with a draft between 28 and 33 feet deep. As a curious note, the only donkey export in Dominican history was made from the old pier.


The Port of Barahona is public property managed by the Dominican Port Authority, and has two concessions: one from the company Cemex Dominicana, which operates a gypsum mine, and the other from the Central Sugar Consortium of Barahona, with its sugar production; both companies are foreign-owned.

Currently, Barahona has a mixed economy that combines agriculture, mining and tourism, with an industrial port and a free zone dedicated to textile production. Among the most important companies in the area, in addition to those already mentioned, are: EGE Haina, with the production of electricity, Wilbis Dominicana with Blocks Khoury, which produces and exports construction materials. Agriculture and the production of cane, banana, coffee, fruits, sorghum, yams, yautía and others, as well as the extraction of minerals such as larimar, marble, gypsum, alabaster, kaolinite (for the production of bottles), mineral salt and construction materials, are among the main activities of Barahona.

Currently, this port does not receive containerized cargo, but loose cargo, such as salt, gypsum, coal, clinker and fuel for power plants. In general, the arrival of ships in these southern docks is not very frequent. At times, the port has served to unload cars, a relief from the capital's ports when they are congested.

This Port of Barahona contributed in part with the handling of cargo, equipment and materials for the rescue operations and first attention to the Haitian people, when an earthquake devastated that nation in January 2010.

Operation. Export: Dry bulk cargo: Gypsum, Salt, Cement Added materials: Cane sugar Import: Mineral coal.

Leading:  243º

Beaconing: 9 Buoys: 3 green, 3 red, 2 yellow, 1 landfall

Lighthouse:  Leading Tower: Green-white-red sectorial lantern

Inlet channel depth:  10.5 meters (34.4 feet)

Dock depth:  10.5 meters (34.4 feet)

Docks:  6

Spring length: Main Pier: 205 meters (672.6 feet) Central Azucarero Pier: 155 meters (508.5 feet)

Depth range: 4.2 to 10.2 meters (13.8 to 33.5 feet)

Tidal variation:  0.5 meters (1.7 feet)

Circle of maneuvers:  200 meters (656 feet)

Port operations: Export: Blocks, Sugar

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