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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Port of Khalifa Bin Salman

Khalifa Bin Salman

Working Member

Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Bahrain

General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam
Mr. Naeem Bin Ibrahim El-Naeem


Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP) which opened for business on April 1st 2009, is well positioned to be a premier transshipment hub for the Northern Arabian Gulf.

Its strategic geographical location amidst the major maritime trade routes in the Arabian gulf coupled with the deep waters and wider navigation channels makes it one of the most accessible and busy facilities of the region. The port is linked with Bahrain’s major cities through roadways and is in close proximity to the international airport of Bahrain. It is also well-connected with Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway.

Since it is located in the industrial region of Hidd housing many manufacturing plants, it exports aluminium and petroleum goods. A power plant and a water desalinisation plant are also located near the port. One of the most modern and highly efficient facilities at par with global port standards, it houses offices of the world’s major shipping companies.


The Khalifa Bin Salman Port is a major seaport of Bahrain located on the island of Hidd northeast of the main archipelago. It became operational in 2009 and is privately operated by the famous port operating company, APM terminals and is supervised by the Ports and Maritime Affairs department of the country’s government. The port was recently expanded and is envisaged to be a premier transhipment hub of the northern Arabian gulf region.

The number of berths in the port is 39, including:

  • General cargo berths-containers and RO-RO berths.
  • Grain and fodder berths.
  • Unpacked cargo berths, cooled cargo berths and general cargo berths.

The depth of sea waters in such berths ranges from 9 up to 14 meters, while its total length is 7837 meters. Such berths are provided with modern equipment and installations for cargo handling and stowage, in addition to carrying it from the port, also forklift and other electronic lifts of different types, some of which are of 3.2.15 tons capacity. Moreover, lifts for unloading grains, receiving dock with a length reaching 4000 meters and the sea depth along the dock ranging between 4.5 and 6 meters.

They are represented in Authorities, associations, councils and administrations working in the field of the Arab Sea Ports facilities.

Berth Properties

Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Port Characteristics

Located on 110 hectares (ha) of reclaimed land, the port has a 1,800m quay which includes a 900m2 container terminal served by four 61m post-Panamax cranes, as well as general cargo, Ro-Ro and passenger facilities.KBSP’s strategic location in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, together with its deep-water berths and approach channel enables it to accept the largest oceangoing container vessels and its direct overland links to the mainland of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia positions the port as a major regional distribution center.

Located in Hidd Industrial Area, the port is only 13km away from the Bahrain international Airport and 5km purpose-built causeway. Access to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway is a mere 30km drive.

Development Plan

Under the management of private operator, APM Terminals, a global terminal operator, the port is one of the most modern in the Arabian Gulf, able to handle container vessels with an efficiency matching that of the most productive ports in the world. The Ports & Maritime Affairs supervises and regulates the port’s functions in line with the concession agreement.

Engineering Features

The port has a channel depth of 13.7 metres which makes it suitable for large vessels and oil tankers (Panamax and Supr-Panamax class ships). The average water depth at the cargo pier and oil terminal is 9.1 metres. The major exports handled by the Port of Bejaia since the early 2000s has been hydrocarbons and petroleum products.

Container terminal area / General cargo area900,000Square Meters
Total warehouse area63,500Square Meters
Shed 116,500Square Meters
Shed 224,000Square Meters
Shed 311,500Square Meters
Shed 411,500Square Meters
Terminal storage capacity10,000Ground Slots

Bahrain Approach Channel

Depth Minimum depth13.40Meters at chart datum
Length30Nautical Miles
Width (Minimum width)250Meters
Maximum depth at quayside15Meters at chart datum
Under keel clearance (UKC) Minimum1Meter (vessel should take squat into consideration)
Allowable vessel draft (Channel)13.1 Meters any timeHighwater 14 Meters
Speed No restrictions10,000Ground Slots
Vessel traffic management system (VTMS)Yes
VTMS working channel Channel74


Total quay length1800Meters
Container quay900Meters
General cargo quay600Meters
Multi-purpose quay300Meters
Berths reference Bollard numbers from00 to 74
Height of quay4.25Meters
Distance between bollards24Meters
Distance between berth and shipside1.8Meters
Certified bollard capacity100Tons
Distance between fenders12Meters
RORO container ramp24Meters wide

Pilotage Operation

  • Pilot booking Booking through planning department
  • Pilot working hrs 24 x 7
  • Pilot boat Two pilot boats- Speed 22 knots
  • Distance from pilot station to KBSP 1.0 nautical mile

Towage Operation

Tug booking Booking through Bahrain port control via telephone or VHF ch 74 Tug Three Azimuth stern drive tugs Tug capacity 3600 hp – Bollard pull 45 metric tons Availability 24 x 7

Productivity Features

Providing a safe passage to the container ships and maintenance services are major priorities of this port. The port has a storage yard coverage of almost 18000 square metres and an open container ground of 400,000 square metres. Bejaia port is the only port in Algeria that has the authority of handling dangerous goods, with 6 hangers of 140,000 square metres each.

Terminals Container / General Cargo Terminal

Container terminal area / General cargo area900,000Square Meters
Total warehouse area63,500Square Meters
Shed 116,500Square Meters
Shed 224,000Square Meters
Shed 311,500Square Meters
Shed 411,500Square Meters
Terminal storage capacity10,000Ground Slots

Passenger Terminal

Covering a total area of 300 square metres, Khalifa Bin Salman Port’s passenger terminal serves all arriving and departing cruise passengers. The terminal includes a customs and immigration office and duty free outlets.

Break bulk Terminal

With a total area of 63,500 square metres, KBSP accepts all types of break bulk cargo including heavy lift and awkward loads.


  • Control Tower
  • Sea farers center
  • passenger terminal center
  • Customs building
  • Operation building
  • Administration Building


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