Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla (GTSTC)

Port Code GTSTC / GTIZ4 City Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla
Port Name Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla Country/Region Guatemala
Category Port City Route CENTRAL AMERICA
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla (GTSTC)



The Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla (GT, port code: GTIZ4) is a port in Guatemala, located on the coast of the Gulf of Honduras in the east of the country. It is under the jurisdiction of the Izabal Province and was founded in 1842. On the 16th, the altitude was 2 meters.

Port coordinates: 15°41'N 88°36'W

The name displayed by the major shipping companies calling this port is: Port of Puerto Barrios

Santo Tomas Castilla, also known as Matthias de Galves is a port city in the province of Izabal, Guatemala. It is located in Amatique Bay in the Gulf of Honduras, which is administratively part of Puerto Barrios.

Belgian colonization

In the 1940s, St. Thomas was settled by Belgians in colonial enterprises, and European countries supported Rafael Carrera as an independent country.The Guatemalan Parliament "permanently" authorized the territory in 1843 to be managed by the Compagnie belge de Colonization Company, a Belgian private company under the protection of King Leopold I of Belgium.It replaced the failed Anglo-American East Coast Central American commercial and agricultural companies.Many Belgians who settled there died of yellow fever and malaria, which are unique to the region. Most people are buried near Matias de Galvez, a Belgian cemetery, which still exists in the 1960s. In 1854, the Belgian company withdrew due to economic losses.

After 1960

In the early 1960s, the port became the main base of the new Guatemalan Navy. Admiral Manuel Sosa Avila of the Guatemalan Navy was the first port commander of the newly formed navy, which included a frigate and two fast attack boats. The United States donated a fast assault ship to Guatemala. The frigate was purchased by the Guatemalan government in Sweden. The purchase was made by Ian Moon, an Irishman Idigolas was the son-in-law of the then President of Guatemala Fuentes. The frigate was delivered to Guatemala by the Swedish crew.

Finally, the frigate was destroyed in shallow water near the Guatemalan Navy in the Barrios Islands of Puerto Rico, and the ship’s structure can still be seen. An officer of the Guatemalan Navy, Vladimir Sigui Lira, destroyed the frigate. A highway connects the port to Guatemala City and is served by a railway built by Banana Fruit Company. Due to lack of maintenance funds, Guatemala has not operated railways for many years. In 2006, the U.S. economy once again operated simply, but due to conflicts with administrative management, U.S. capital investors abandoned this project.


The city’s seaport was built in 1976, and the earthquake severely damaged the port of Puerto Barrios. Today, it is one of the busiest countries in Central America and is currently expanding.The port is adjacent to a free trade zone, Zona de Libre Industria y Comercio SantoTomasde Castilla, called Zolic. The port currently employs 2,100 employees. In 2004, 4.54 million tons of trade goods passed through the port from 1372 ships.

Cruise industry

In 2004, the cruise ship terminal was completed and SantoTomasde Castilla began accepting cruise ships. The cruise terminal has given a huge boost to Guatemala's tourism industry. Four cruise ships per month, with 1,500 people per class, stop here. Cruise passengers mainly visit the Mayan culture of Guatemala, and these locations are located throughout the country. Puerto Barrios Airport is being refurbished to handle day trips to Tikal or elsewhere in Guatemala by small planes. Nearby attractions include Rio de Janeiro, Lake Izabal, and Puerto Barrios.

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Summary of GTSTC

Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla (Port Code: GTSTC) is a deep-water and well-protected port situated in Santo Tomas Bay in the Bay of Amatique in the Caribbean, close to Puerto Barrios, 300km from the capital, Guatemala City. It started operations in 1955. It mainly handles dry bulk (grains and fertilisers) cargo. Other cargoes handled include bagged coffee, containerised and Ro-Ro cargo, palletised bananas, pipelines for tallow, oil products and general cargo. The port also provides cruise facilities. Approximately 1,100 vessels visit the port annually. Maximum vessel length overall (LOA) is 229 m, maximum draft is 9.5 m. Vessels over 24 ft. draft may anchor about 1 mile north of Faro Villedo. Smaller-draft vessels may anchor at interior harbor.