Founded in 1945, Kingston Wharves Ltd (KWL) is one of the Caribbean's leading multipurpose terminal operators. Listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with net assets of US$ 54 million, the company has experienced steady growth and boasts a steady profit stream. A high proportion of retained earnings are ploughed back into the business.
Kingston Wharves Limited operates a terminal in Port Bustamante, just east and adjoining Kingston Container Terminal. A continuous quay nearly 1,600 metres long provides nine deep water berths for roro, lo-lo, container, general breaks bulk and bulk shipping services. The 25 hectare terminal offers 22 hectares of open storage with 30,000 square metres of covered warehousing and cold storage. The company also has 53,000 square metres of secure off-dock storage for motor vehicles. The company operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Its highly-trained staff and comprehensive range of terminal equipment, including three Gottwald mobile harbour cranes, are available to perform the most demanding stevedoring functions. Modern terminal management software maximises the efficiency of wharf and warehouse operations. The company utilises handheld and vehicle-mounted computers together with Tideworks yard management software, which has led to a reduction in vessel turn-around.
The Caribbean Leading Multi-Purpose Terminal