Port Specifications

The Grand Turk Cruise Center features a purpose-built, two-berth cruise ship pier. There are no restrictions on length. and the depth alongside is 33 feet / 10 meters (MLW).

Tugs are not required nor are they available.

The pier is comprised of reinforced concrete and steel pile construction, formed by a main berthing span of 1,033 feet long with a dog-legged shore span of 400 feet. The pier is 40 feet wide and top of deck is 9.5 feet above MLW. The main berthing pier is 565 feet of workable surface for gangways and passenger access, and a continuation of three linked mooring dolphins of a further 468 feet — one every 156 feet. There are 100-ton mooring bollards on each side of the pier at 80-feet intervals with the outer end of the main pier having an extra set at 20-feet intervals. Fendering is of the flat-sided and cone-type designed to sit flush with the ship’s side. (See attached sketches for details.)

The approach is an extremely simple one. The ships should approach on a heading of approximately 122° T, which is the alignment of the pier. The ship will be in deep water (7,000 feet) until approaching the outer dolphin when the drop-off is crossed and the depth of water decreases immediately to 33 feet MLW, the controlling depth alongside the length of the pier. The maneuvering area off each berth is 385 feet parallel to the pier. There are two buoys marking the outer edge of the dredged berth area and two marker piles marking the inner corners of the dredged berth area. (See attached sketch for details.)

There is an additional Shore Excursion/tender pier 400 feet to the south of the main pier. The pier is 200 feet long with five feet of water alongside.

Agency and line handling information:

Grand Turk Cruise Center offers complete agency and line handling services at the port. Please contact the Port Agent at Agent@grandturkcc.com.

Approximate Distances from Grand Turk

Aruba 670
Barbados 890
Cozumel 1000
Freeport 665
Ft. Lauderdale 615
Grand Cayman 600
Half Moon Cay 350
Jacksonville 790
Key West 670
La Romana 390
Labadee 120
Miami 620
Montego Bay 620
Nassau 470
Ocho Rios 410
Port Canaveral 680
Princess Cay 380
San Jaun 350
St. Thomas 425
Tampa 954
(N.B. These are estimated distances only and will need to be confirmed before being used for navigation.)  

The agency monitors VHF channel 16 from two hours before the scheduled arrival of a cruise ship at the port until one hour after the vessel's departure.

Please use the below drawings as guidance. Click to enlarge.