The Puerto Santa Fe is a public non-state administrative entity that manages and operates the Port of Santa Fe. It is responsible for regulating, managing, and coordinating all services and collecting all fees related to navigation, ships, and cargoes.
The Port of Santa Fe belongs to the province of Santa Fe, and its legally established use is to serve the public. It provides services to ships and cargoes. The Port of Santa Fe is managed by a nine-member board with one representative for the province, the city, port workers, importing companies, exporting companies, water transport companies, operators of port terminals, producers, and companies providing goods or serves to ships.
The Port of Santa Fe has always been vital to the city's economy and life, providing not only commerce but recreational opportunities to the city's residents and visitors. Much of the growth of the city relies on the Port of Santa Fe.
The Port of Santa Fe is open 24 hours a day throughout the year. The Port of Santa Fe offers modern infrastructure and services, including financial and businesses services for the port's customers.
Vessels access the Port of Santa Fe through a 6-kilometer channel located at kilometer 584 of the River Paraná, which is 60 meters wide with a depth of 7.3 meters throughout the year.
The Port of Santa Fe's Pier I, Dock I, and container yard are located in Basin I. Dock II, containing Piers 3 and 4, offers mooring for small boats, yachts, sailboats, and similar vessels as well as coast guard vessels.
The Port of Santa Fe is connected to the River Paraná by a canal. The port covers almost 71 hectares of land and water surface. Basin I covers 7.3 hectares. The turning basin covers 16.2 hectares. Dock II covers 13.5 hectares. The Port of Santa Fe offers an effective depth of 7.3 meters between Puerto San Martin and the Port of Santa Fe and an effective depth of 10.4 meters downstream from the port. The Port of Santa Fe can accommodate ships of a maximum length of 230 meters, maximum beam of 32.6 meters, and maximum draft of 6.7 meters. Ships greater than 202 meters in length and/or 30 meters in breadth must use a Port of Santa Fe tug. All vessels entering or leaving the Port of Santa Fe must use a pilot. The Port of Santa Fe has a system of auxiliary buoys and beacons, and all navigation systems are controlled by computers.
Loginter SA operates the private Terminal Habilitaciones Customs concession which handles containerized cargoes in the Port of Santa Fe. The terminal handles both imports and exports of containerized and general cargoes. The terminal has a 250-ton capacity crane, forklifts, and ample equipment for handling these cargoes.
The Port of Santa Fe's Terminal Unit I handles grain and offers reception, warehousing, storage, shaking, and fitting services. The silos and entresilos have capacity for 58 thousand tons of cargo, and the elevator is served by rail.
Pier I in the Port of Santa Fe handles general cargoes for export, import, and distribution. Offering land and rail transport, Pier I offers stevedoring services and has public and private bonded warehousing services.
Shell CAPSA operates a private terminal for liquid bulk cargoes. The Port of Santa Fe has a contingency plan for oil spill prevention and remediation. The terminal operations include cargo-handling, storage, and distribution.
The Port of Santa Fe offers multimodal transport logistics, including road, rail, and river/sea transport) for the movement of cargoes to and from the hinterland. The Port of Santa Fe serves hinterland producers who export agricultural crops (like wheat, soybean, corn, rice, citrus, peanuts, and cotton), meat and dairy, sugar, livestock, minerals (like copper, gold, and borate), and industrial products (primarily automotive parts). Most of the imports moving through the Port of Santa Fe include materials for the manufacture of industrial facilities and homes.