The Administracion Nacional de Puertos (ANP) is the port authority for the Puerto de Montevideo. The ANP develops, manages, and maintains the Puerto de Montevideo with a high priority on customer service and efficient and effective operations. In order to encourage the growth of the ports under its jurisdiction, the ANP maintains an organizational "open door" policy, focuses on the relationship between the port and the community, remains flexible in regulatory processes, and ensure that port staff is well-trained and highly-qualified.
In 2008, over 5.2 thousand vessels called at the Puerto de Montevideo. Many of these (1827) were fishing vessels under the Uruguay flag and flags of other nations (525). The Puerto de Montevideo also received 819 container vessels, 288 cabotage vessels, 245 petroleum vessels, 223 general cargo vessels, 113 barges, 111 bulk vessels, and 101 cruise ships carrying 122 thousand cruise passengers.
The Puerto de Montevideo handled a total of almost 9.1 million tons of cargo, including 5.7 million tons of containerized cargo, 2.5 million tons of bulk cargo, and 967.3 thousand tons of general cargo. Of the total 9.1 million tons, 3.5 million tons were imports, and 5.6 million tons were imports.
The Puerto de Montevideo operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with dependable quality services. Its access to interior lands is facilitated by river, road, and rail with Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Bolivia. The Puerto de Montevideo's access channel has two sections, one to the south that is 9 kilometers long and one to the west-southwest that is 15 kilometers long.
The Puerto de Montevideo is protected by two breakwaters. The west breakwater is 1300 meters long and protects the southwest are of the port, and the east breakwater is 900 meters long that protects the port from winds from the south and southeast. There is also a 200-hectare anchorage area outside the Puerto de Montevideo.
The Puerto de Montevideo has 13 wharves with a total length of almost 3.8 thousand meters and alongside depths of five and ten meters. The Muelle de Escala is 288 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters and handles containers. The adjacent container terminal covers 10 hectares of land area. The Muelle Fluvial, adjacent to the container terminal, is 353 meters long with alongside depth of five meters. The wharf is reserved for the use of Uruguay's Navy.
The Puerto de Montevideo's Muelle Maciel, which is 382 meters long with alongside depth of five meters, serves the Passenger terminal and ships serving the Montevideo-Buenos Aires route.
Cabecera Muelle A in the Puerto de Montevideo is 50 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters. Muelle A has two berths of a total 303 meters in length and alongside depth of 10 meters.
Muelle Central in the Puerto de Montevideo's Basin 1 is a total of 492 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters, and it contains three berths handling containers and roll-on/roll-off vessels carrying vehicles.
Muelle Central in the Puerto de Montevideo's Basin 2 is a total of 392 meters long, and it handles solid bulk and containerized cargoes. It also has a cold store that handles frozen goods and chilled fruit. Muelle Central, Basin 2, has two berths. Berth 8 is 327 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters.
Muelle Mantaras supports the Fish Terminal that serves national fishing vessels, and it has a 600-meter extension and a warehouse of 15 thousand square meters.
The Puerto de Montevideo's Terminal Maritima la Teja para Oil, on the north side of the bay, serves the state oil company and the La Teja Refinery. The terminal has capacity fir 300 cubic meters per hour.