Aruba Stevedoring Company

History

portSince days, long gone, local Agencies representing the Shipping Lines that brought cargo to Aruba performed their own stevedoring work of unloading and loading the ships and delivering- and receiving their cargoes, for which purpose they employed their own supervisory staff whilst labor was being contracted on an hourly wage basis from a labor pool. When by the end of the 1970s containerization came on the scene, an overall revision of all port activities was required.


A contractual basis with the local Government was agreed upon and this is how Aruba Stevedoring Company (ASTEC) N.V. was created and continues to operate as from the start of its existence, which was on September 15th, 1983.

 

 

Handling the needs of bustling port

Aruba Stevedoring CompanyDuring the year 2005 ASTEC handled over 57,000 TEUS (20-feet equivalent container units), 5,200 passenger cars and over 44,000 tons of loose cargo, mostly consisting of cement on pallets and in big-bags, bundled lumber, and steel structures of various shapes. Containers and cars are being discharges or loaded stored and delivered at Oranjestad, where as in order not to disturb cruise-tourism, most of the loose cargo is being handled at Barcadera.


The work of ASTEC is a 24-hour/seven days a week operation. The majority of imported goods come either from the United States or from Northern Europe, from where shipping lines such as King Ocean, Maersk, EWL, CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, Sea Freight, Hamburg- Sud, CSAV and CFS/ZIM offer regular container services to Aruba. Cars from the Far East and South America arrive on typically shaped car-carriers of NYK and K-line.


Containers are sorted by size and type, whereas electric connections are available for reefers, freeze-and deepfreeze containers carrying perishable cargoes.

 

 

Equipment

Aruba Stevedoring CompanyThe company owns a fleet of Reach Stakers (Container lifting equipment), dedicated Terminal Tractors and heavy duty Terminal Chassis, roll trailers, forklift trucks with lifting capacities of between 2.5-and 16 tons, electric (warehouse) forklift trucks and specialized handling- and lifting gear to provide safe and damage-free movement of cargo. All equipment is being serviced and repaired at the company's own workshop. State of the art software guarantees a smooth delivery and dispatch of cargoes.


In cooperation with the Aruba Port Authority N.V., the Aruban Customs Service, and local Shipping Agencies, ASTEC expects to continue to be able to provide the Aruban business community with uninterrupted handling-and delivery of their cargoes as it has been doing since commencing its operations 23 years ago.

 

 

Berth Reservation Container Terminal Oranjestad

Berth Reservation Container Terminal Oranjestad
DAY WINDOW SHIPPING LINE
Monday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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-KING OCEAN
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Tuesday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-24.00 hours
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KING OCEAN
Wednesday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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SEAFREIGHT LINE
GLOBAL MARINE
Thursday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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Friday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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Saturday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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Sunday 00.00-08.00 hours
08.00-16.00 hours
16.00-24.00 hours
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If a ship is 2 hours late for its time window it will lose its window. After 2 hours, berthing activities will continue on a first-come-first-serve basis.