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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Port Sudan

Port Sudan

Working Member

Port Sudan, Sudan

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


Founded by the Britishers, Port Sudan was the principal port for carrying out colonial trade in the African region. Presently, it is the main seaport of Sudan, located on the western coastline along the Red Sea. It is close to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum and also another important trade centre, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Port Sudan exports gum, oilseeds, animal hides and skin, senna and the major imports include machines, automobiles, fuel oil and oil products, pesticides and building material such as cement.

The port’s importance grew when an 850 m long oil pipeline was built in 1977 to transfer oil to and from the port and the capital Khartoum. Port Sudan is equipped with all modern facilities however since the region is dry, the port acquires fresh water from the Wadi Arbaat and nearby water plants.

Port Sudan is divided into four zones or areas. These include-

The North Port

It is the earliest port that has been operational since the early ’90s. It possesses 12 berths or platforms. Its average depth is around 11 meters and it handles general cargo, cement, edible oil and oil products, vehicles and molasses. Its annual capacity is 5 million tonnes.

The North Port has 6 cement silos with 80,000 tons storage capacity. Storage tanks for edible oil with 50,000 tons capacity. Molasses is stored in the biggest tanks with 100,000 tons capacity. The port also has 119 warehouses owned by private trading companies and 25 government-owned warehouses. All equipment is operational but the luffing cranes for moving general cargo need repair.

The port also has efficient equipment such as mobile cranes, shore cranes, tractors, forklifts, reach stackers, quay cranes, tugboats, trailers, fire engines and so on.

Two berths handle cement imports. They are 99 meters long and 9 meters deep. Other two berths measuring 122 m and 6 metres deep deal with livestock that is exported. Refer facility is also available and there has been an increase in the number of reefers crossing through the northern port to around 300 TEUs annually.

The north port also boasts of a multi-purpose terminal that can effectively handle all types of cargo depending on the size of the ship. There is also a general cargo terminal at this port which can handle heavy goods as well. The goods are unloaded from vessels using hooks and cranes and then manually loaded into trucks.

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

The South Port

As the name suggests, the South Port is situated to the southern side of the Port of Sudan. This port has 6 berths that handle grains, general cargo and goods packed in containers.

The total length of the berths is 740 meters and the depth is around 13 meters. The South port deals with containers, petroleum and oil and grains.

It covers an area of 14,80,000 sq m with an annual cargo capacity of 3 million tonnes. Berth 16 deals with tankers and there are also container berths measuring 430 meters and a depth of 13 m.

Three berths are dedicated to container vessels and one berth has a grain silo with a storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes. The annual storage capacity is 400,000 TEU’s. The port equipment is in good condition. It includes gantry cranes, two harbour cranes, rubber tyred gantries. It also has other modern equipment such as reach stackers, forklifts, trailers and so on.

Recently, developmental activities have taken place at South Port. This has led to the maintenance of berths 17 and 18, which have now been equipped with container cranes, RTG etc to improve the Port’s services and increase its productivity.

A power station has also been built near the port and the area of the container berth has been expanded by 145 meters, and now it is about 430 meters long.

The South Port also has a customs warehouse. Cargo cannot be transported from the port without customs inspection and clearance. The Port Of Sudan doesn’t have reserved custom areas, the exception being the South port which has LCL sheds measuring 6000m2, situated near the container terminal.

The port harbour spans more than 550 hectares and can handle vessels with a total length of more than 180 m and a draft of 10 m. The port can handle about 4 million tonnes of cargo annually. Tripoli port comprises a general cargo berth covering 40 m and 30 berths for handling containerised cargo with a total length of more than 3000 m.

Engineering Features / Productivity Features

Port of Tripoli… A Promising Port!

The new Administration of the Port of Tripoli has pledged to develop and update the Port both in operation performance and delivery of services, with the aim to better serve and facilitate the transactions of the Port’s clientele. This Administration proceeded with a full renovation of the entire infrastructure including water, electricity, internal pass ways and warehouses. Vacancies in Human Resources were also filled. It is currently executing a plan to update and upgrade its Information Technology infrastructure to encompass the Administrative, Financial, and Commercial operations. In addition, Tariffs were carefully revised so that the cost of services offered by the Port become an unavoidable option when it comes to shipping in the Eastern basin of the Mediterranean sea. The aim of this Administration is to turn the Port of Tripoli into a Corporation that is organized, modern, and dynamic, with the required agility to be responsive to futur requirements for update and change, in order to attend to the interests of the Port’s clientele. Large development projects, especially the construction of the new Berth which is 1,200 m long and 15 m deep with an accompanied land area of 600,000 m2, will definitely elevate the status of the Port of Tripoli to become at par with International Ports, and to occupy a prominent position on the international shipping map. A- Warehouses and Yards
  • 4 Warehouses for dry drainage goods, with an area of 11,000 m2
  • 10 Warehouses for dry drainage goods and Wood, with an area of 17,500 m2
  • 5 Yards to store vehicles, with an area exceeding 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard to store Containers, with an area of 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard for general purpose, with an area of 15,000 m2
  • 2 Yards with an area of 3,000 m2to store fir wood
B- Port Equipment
  • 6 Mobile cranes with capacity of 125-165 Tons
  • 7 Mobile cranes with capacity of 100-120 Tons
  • 10 Mobile cranes with capacity of 70-90 Tons
  • 20 Mobile cranes with capacity of 40-65 Tons
  • 11 Mobile cranes with capacity of 25-38 Tons
  • 15 gafs for drainage goods
  • 24 Forklifts
  • 8 Bulldozers
  • 30 Trucks
  • 4 Tractors
  • Equipment for stowage of dry drainage goods
C- Water Supply
  • 8 outlets to supply ships with water using modern technologies
  • A shalon with a reservoir to supply ships with water inside and outside the basins (this service is provided by the guidance station)
D- Electric Power Supply
  • electric lamps in all the parts of the Port
  • 20 lamps that work on solar energy
  • Electric power supply on demand for ships and goods according to the adopted fees
E- Security and Guardianship
  • 40 security guards that work 24/24 to protect and guard the Port and the Free Zone
  • A network of surveillance cameras with a fiber optics infrastructure, currently under construction
F- Parkings
  • Administration and visitor parking with a capacity for 50 vehicles
  • Transit and Free Zone parking, with a capacity for 100 trucks
G- Toilets
  • 4 washrooms and toilets distributed around the Port (under construction)
H- Duty-Free Market
  • A Duty-Free market with an area of 880 m2, developed by Interwoods Company.
I- Other Services
  • 3 Cafeterias to serve the Administration building and the Berths
  • A Hospital – under construction
  • An office for the Workers’ Union
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

The Green Port

The Green Port or the Green Harbour rests on the eastern part of Port Sudan. It has a specially designed dock to receive cargo laden vessels. It was built as part of a port extension development plan. Thus, more quays were constructed to aid the growing port operations.

This port takes care of dry bulk cargo, containers and seeds. The construction of the Green Port has significantly expanded the handling capacity of Port Sudan.

The entrance to the Port’s dock spans 180 meters and it has two berths which are 560 meters long and 15 meters deep. The Port’s storage capacity is around 43,5000m2. This port can handle vessels weighing around 50,000 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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