The Port of Degrad des Cannes lies on the north banks of the River Mahury, about 12 kilometers southeast of the Port of Cayenne and about five kilometers from the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean in French Guiana.
The Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de la Guyane operates and manages the Port of Degrad des Cannes. The country’s main port, the Port of Degrad des Cannes was built in 1974. This international port covers 12 hectares.
The Port of Degrad des Cannes contains a container terminal with three berthing stations and ten hectares of quay levels for handling containers. The port also includes a carrier station, an oil station, a station for oil tankers, a hold for coastal traffic, and a marina for pleasure craft.
All ocean-going traffic must use the Port of Degrad des Cannes, so it handles 90% of all vessel traffic in French Guiana. The port offers three quays, two of which are undergoing renovations. A new quay for passengers is under construction.
The Port of Degrad des Cannes does not yet offer heavy cargo-handling equipment, so ships must load and unload using their own cranes and tackle. A restaurant is near the port facilities, but shopping opportunities are found in nearby downtown Cayenne.
In 2007, the Port of Degrad des Cannes handled about 700 thousand tons of cargo, including over 39 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo.