Freeport Container Port


Hutchison Ports FCP was opened in 1997 by Hutchison Ports. Serving as a major hub for worldwide transshipment of containerised cargo, FCP has 16 metres of depth alongside, 750 reefer points, and 3 berths. It contains 57 hectares of stacking area and capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs per year.

The terminal operates a sophisticated computerised 24-hour facility with state-of-the-art security. It offers comprehensive support services and leading-edge technology to the world’s largest container vessels.

We commenced operations in 1997. It is located on Grand Bahama Island — one of the largest islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas — and is situated about 100 miles from the port of Miami, Florida. It is currently the deepest container terminal in the region and serves as a major container transshipment hub for the eastern seaboard of the US and the principal east/west line-haul routes through the region.

With our dedicated staff and use of leading-edge technology, including real-time communications and port-management systems, FCP is capable of handling the largest container vessels in the world. Upon completion of the US$250 million Phase V Development, FCP will have total quay length of 1,536 metres, a yard area of 63 hectares, a depth alongside of 15.5 metres, nine post-Panamax cranes and one super-post-Panamax quay cranes.

The FCP Guarantee

  • Guaranteed berth windows

  • Attractive transshipment rates

  • Guaranteed lifts availability

  • Attractive and flexible empty storage terms

  • Guaranteed reefer points availability

  • Outstanding customer support

  • Guaranteed future growth availability

  • Up to 1.5 million plus TEU annual capacity and further expansion availability

  • Berth on arrival – space for multiple, simultaneous vessel calls, minimum 2

  • Highest safety, security and environment standards

  • State of the art facilities and equipment


Attractive Empty Pool

  • 500k TEU p.a. empty storage capacity

  • Flexible and attractive storage terms

  • Additional stacking capacity available if required

High Productivity

  • Productivity highest in the region (30 moves/GCR)

  • 24/7 operations

  • Radiation Scanning, ISPS, CSI and Mega Ports Security certification

  • OHSAS (Safety Certification)

Deepwater Facilities

  • Ability to handle +8000 TEU vessels (-16m draft), the deepest in the region

  • More than 1km straight line deepwater berths.

Berth on Arrival

  • Ability to maintain high level of schedule integrity

  • Prime windows available

Expandable Capacity

  • 47 Acres for expansion

  • Additional 788m berth length

  • Area for logistics related activities available


Coverage of four key markets from one port:

  • Caribbean

  • US East Coast

  • Central America

  • South America

  • 20% lower network cost through hub strategy

FCP Opportunities

FCP Opportunities

FCP Expansion

Bahama rock Mining-remaining areas to be excavated

Bahama rock Mining-remaining areas to be excavated

Future Berthing Line

Future Berthing Line

9 Berths (2,749m) | 27 Quay Cranes | 3.5 Million Teu Capacity

9 Berths (2,749m) | 27 Quay Cranes | 3.5 Million Teu Capacity

Expansion Phases
Phase I, II, III1,036 M Berth Completed
Phase IV12 Hectare Stacking Area Completed
Phase V350 M Berth & Stacking Area
Phase VI (A-B)Berth 440 M Berth
Phase VII335 M Berth & Stacking Area
Post Panama Expansion

Post Panama Expansion


Deepest Regional Draft: 16m

Comparison of harbour drafts in the region

Security Initiatives


The United States and The Bahamas signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 30, 2004, to begin the implementation of the Megaports Initiative.

The objective of this initiative is to deter, detect, and interdict illicit nuclear and radioactive materials being trafficked through the global maritime system


CSI addresses the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential for terrorist use of a maritime container to deliver a weapon. CSI proposes a security regime to ensure all containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism are identified and inspected at foreign ports before they are placed on vessels destined for the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has stationed multidisciplinary teams of U.S. officers from both CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target and prescreen containers and to develop additional investigative leads related to the terrorist threat to cargo destined to the United States.

The three core elements of CSI are:

  • Identify high-risk containers. CBP uses automated targeting tools to identify containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism, based on advance information and strategic intelligence.

  • Prescreen and evaluate containers before they are shipped. Containers are screened as early in the supply chain as possible, generally at the port of departure.

  • Use technology to prescreen high-risk containers to ensure that screening can be done rapidly without slowing down the movement of trade. This technology includes large-scale X-ray and gamma ray machines and radiation detection devices.

Through CSI, CBP officers work with host customs administrations to establish security criteria for identifying high-risk containers. Those administrations use non-intrusive inspection (NII) and radiation detection technology to screen high-risk containers before they are shipped to U.S. ports.

Freeport Container Port works closely with on-site US Customs & Border Protection officers to ensure full compliance and adherence with CSI.

FCP Crane Training


Freeport Container Port (FCP) is a privately owned and operated port of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 318 berths in 53 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2009, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 65.3 million TEU worldwide.


  • Excellence in vocational training

    1. Reduced training time and cost

    2. State of the art crane simulator

    3. Real time crane training

    4. Safety Focused

    5. Quayside & mobile harbor crane training

       Things to Know

  • Application – Completed application forms and fees must be received by the company two weeks (14 days including weekends) prior to the course start date.

    1. Insurance – Tuition is inclusive of personal injury insurance coverage for each student.

       Training Pre-requisites

  • Valid Health Certificate

    1. Verification of vision & depth perception

    2. Age 21 years or older

    3. Student visas required for international Students

        Training Hours

  • Simulator Training 91 hours

    1. Classroom Training 14 hours

    2. STS Crane Training 35 hours

Find out more about Freeport Container Port's Crane simulator training program by downloading the PDF.

FCP Quick Facts

Capacity & Amenities

  • 16 Meters of draft alongside and in the channel capable of handling mega container vessels

    1. 1036 meters berth length
      Easily facilitates multiple clients

    2. Guaranteed berth windows available
      No waiting times

    3. 57 hectares yard stacking area
      Additional 72 hectares available for expansion

    4. Interactive terminal operating & yard planning system and GPS container tracking

    5. 750 reefer points

    6. Reefer monitoring & repairs

    7. Shipyard in close proximity offering:

      • Wet berth repairs

      • Repair and Maintenance of Containers

Productivity & Support Services

  • 30+ moves per hour

    1. 24/7 operation (no rate differential)

    2. ISPS, CSI, Mega Ports Security certification

    3. OHSAS (Safety Certification)

    4. 100% Radiation Scanning

    5. State of the art security and surveillance systems

    6. Container Repair Facilities

For further information or assistance please contact:

Freeport Container Port Ltd.
P.O. Box F-42465
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas