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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Port of Benghazi, Libya

Port of Benghazi

Working Member

Port of Benghazi, Libya

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

Overview

The city of Benghazi is the second biggest city in the country and an important centre of administration and commerce. The Benghazi port is a commercial facility housing industrial units like oil refineries, food, salt processing, cement making, breweries, tanneries and fishing. It also houses one of the world’s biggest water desalinization plants, which provides fresh water to most of Libya’s cities. The port is well connected to major cities by roadways.

The Port company of Libya is responsible for port management and operations. Benghazi port suffered due to political reasons and was blocked after 2013, resuming port operations in 2018. The port’s infrastructure deteriorated during this period however it is still operational.

Location

Benghazi port is one of the largest Libyan facilities situated on the coast of the Gulf of Sidra, near the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Cyrenaica.

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

Port Characteristics

Spanning more than 450,000 sq m, Benghazi port deals with conventional cargo, bulk and containers. Major exports include oil, wool, livestock, rugs while major imports include food, textiles, chemicals, and pottery. Apart from commercial maritime traffic, Benghazi port also handles humanitarian cargoes such as medicines etc destined for other war-torn African nations like Darfur and Chad. In 2018, about 350 ships visited this port and it handled 16000 TEU and 199,000 million tonnes of cargo.

The port is divided into the old port and the Juliana port. The former comprises 9 berths however it is no longer operational due to dilapidated infrastructure. The latter also has 9 berths for receiving containerised cargo and bulk. The port also has a separate oil facility for receiving tankers with an LOA of not more than 200m.

The main storage area spans 16000 m2 and comprises 2 warehouses, open yards and sheltered space for storing cargo like grain and cement. Large tanks for storing oil can be found in the other area.

Engineering Features / Productivity Features

The port’s navigation channel has a depth of 15.5 m and an anchorage depth of 10 to 11 m. It comprises 20 berths; 5 for handling conventional cargo, 3 for containers and the rest are dedicated to oil, petroleum and chemicals. Each berth measures 100 to 450 m with drafts of 9 to 10 m respectively.

An organised facility, it also has 10 storage yards covering 15 hectares including a main storage area and a paved space for keeping bagged goods and containers.

No closed storage space and warehouses are available at Al khums however it offers cold storage facility and 530 reefer stations. The port offers services such as bunkering, ship repair and maintenance for smaller vessels.

Operator: Socialist Company For Ports.
Port Activity: general cargo and containers.
Communications: VHF:   Ch 16 and with the pilot station on Ch 08, 10 and 12.
Location: Lat: 32:41 N , 14:15 E.
Max 12M. Dock density: 1025. Charts: BA 3353.
Anchorage: according to instructions: obtainable in a depth of 10m, rock, with Ras al-Wazif light bearing 272° at a distance of 880m.
Wharf operated by Khoms power station reaches 1,500m NNE from coast.

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

Services: barges, tugs, fresh water and bunkering (on advance request), medical facilities are available in the town, garbage disposal must be arranged by the port authority.

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

Contact

AddressOffice d'Exploitation du Port de Tripoli
Telephone+961.6.220180
FAX
Email Addressinfo@oept.gov.lb