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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Major Ports In Lebanon

Port of Beirut

Working Member

Major Ports In Lebanon

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

Overview

The West Asian nation of Lebanon is one of the most culturally and ethnically rich among the Middle Eastern Countries.

There are about 13 ports in Lebanon owned by the government, however, some are operated and managed by private agencies. They play an important role in driving the economy and significantly add to its GDP. These ports are not only hubs of exchange but also known for their nightlife, cuisine and are popular among tourists, especially from Japan.

Location

Located at the confluence of the Mediterranean Basin and Arabian peninsula

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

StatementArea
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

Development Plan

The government of Lebanon recognized the importance of ports and has undertaken many port redevelopment projects. After the civil war, the Beirut reconstruction program was launched and it has received much success.

Engineering Features

StatementArea
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

Port of Jieh/ Jiye/Jiyeh

Jiyeh Port is located 25 miles from Beirut port and has a medium-sized harbour. It has two terminals, out of which only one i.e the Levant oil or Cogeco terminal is operational. It receives only oil and chemical tankers. Vessels measuring about 230 m can enter this port. The maximum draught is 11 m and the maximum deadweight is 68500 tonnes. It usually receives two vessels in a day.

Port of Chekka

This port is located on the northern shoreline of Lebanon and handles cement works. It has 2 berths that are not well-sheltered. It imports about 178,000 tonnes of phosphates, machine parts and firebricks. Exports include 180,000 tonnes of cement and chemicals. It handles 360,000 tonnes of traffic annually.

Port of Sidon

It is a dry cargo port and has 6 berths. Most of the port facilities are operated by private companies. It can handle and store fuel oil, gas oil, gasoline, LPG, asphalt, jet fuel, and a separate berth for handling dry cargo. It has a marina and is under the management of the Beirut Port Authority. Tankers with a maximum draft of 15 m can enter the port.

Zahrani Oil Terminal/ Sidon Oil Terminal

It is located about 8 km south of Sidon. There are two terminals, the Zahrani Oil Installation which connects a pipeline from Arabia. The second is the Zahrani Power Plant. The terminals can handle vessels weighing about 80,000 DWT and the draught is 13 m.

Port of Selaata

Selaata is a medium-sized port. The kind of vessels handled include general cargo laden ships, bulk carriers and oil and chemical tankers. Vessels measuring 190 meters can enter this port. The maximum draught is 10 m and the maximum deadweight for ships is approximately 5400 tonnes.

Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Cargo Handling2000000Thousand Tons/Year
Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Containers Handling (TEU)900000TEU/Year
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Draft)14Meters
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Length)300Meters
Container Handling Rate2465TEU/Day
General Cargo Stevedoring Rate38356Tons/Day
Working Hours113974Hour
General Cargo Handled During The Year 20053850Thousand Tons
Containerized Handled Cargo During The Year 20058529Thousand Tons
Dry Bulk Cargo3882Thousand Tons
Liquid Bulk Cargo57Thousand Tons
Number Of Handled TEU During894809Thousand Tons/Container
Number Of Passengers During 2005-Passengers

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