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Alexandria port


Alexandria is situated on the West Verge of the Nile Delta between the Mediterranean Sea and Mariut Lake. It is considered the second most important city and the main port in Egypt. It handles over three quarters of Egypt’s foreign trade. Alexandria port consists of two harbours (East and West) separated by a T-shaped peninsula. The first part is for general cargo and the second part is for wood and bulk trade, and the East harbour is shallow and is not used in navigation. The West harbour is used for commercial shipping. The harbour is formed by two converging breakwaters.

Geographical Overview

The First Zone

It extends from maritime force borders up to gate number 2 customs. It consists of many maritime quays starting from quay 1 up to quay 14/16 of length 1734.9 m.

The Second Zone

Is situated between berths 16 and 28 deals with 4 types of activities: unified cargoes including Ro Ro, passengers’ terminal, stuffed bulk cargoes, and barge discharge.

The Third Zone

It is located between berth 35 and the end of the military berth 47. New buildings were established after the development. The type of handled cargo in this area is general cargo.

The Fourth Zone

Is located between berths 49 and 67, and is used for handling containers, cement, coal, barge discharge carrying general cargo, fertilizers, and general cargo.

The Fifth Zone

The borders of this area extend from gate no.36 customs with petroleum dock border incluiding maritime berths from zone 71(a) and 85/2, and is used for handling: molasses, timber, some types of general cargoes, barge discharge, grains and flour.

The Sixth Zone (Oil Dock)

is situated at the western boundaries of the port, encompasses oil berths 87/1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and is used for handling edible oil, oil products and for providing bunkers. It also includes berth 86 situated at the port’s limits, used for handling livestock. The ports does not include oil storage facilities, but oil berths are connected to a refinery through a 2 km. long pipeline , no main terminals, store houses and yards are found in the sixth zone

Port Specifications

Water Area 6.8 sq.km approximately
Land Area 1.6 sq.km approximately
Customs Zone 0.9 sq.km.
Maximum Port Length 4.8 km.
Maximum Port width 2 km
Total Area 8.4 sq.km approximately


Maximum Capacity 36.8 million ton/year details as follows:

  • General Cargo: 17.8 million ton.
  • Dry Bulk: 10.8 million ton.
  • Liquefied Bulk: 4.3 million ton.
  • Containerized Cargo: 3.9 million ton.
  • TEU Capacity: 500000

The biggest vessel that can be received.

  • Max. Ship Size: 150000 tons.
  • Max. Depth: 12.8 m.
  • Working Hours: 24 hrs. (scheduled time)



Navigation Channels

Large Strait : 2000 m. Length, 220 m. width, 14 m. depth.

Small Strait : 1600 m. length, 100 m. width, 9 m. depth.

Approach Area

The port is protected by sea stuns, and two converging breakwaters. The entrance breadth is 400m. Approximately. The port is divided into two harbours separated by coal berths and the inner breakwater. The first harbour is called the inner dock and the second harbour is called the outer harbour with a water area of 600 hectares. The first harbour is used for handling general cargo while the second harbour is used for oil and bulk cargo traffic. Pilotage is compulsory for vessels arriving and departing the port. The approach area is 3nm away from the straight entrance, and its depth varies from 30-35 m and the average water density is 1.3g/cm3.


Pilotage is compulsory for all types of vessels except that of tonnage less than 300 tons. Pilots board in the designated waiting area to pilot the ship inside to the outer harbour anchorage area, through fairways, inside the inner anchorage area and throughout maneuverings.

Pilotage fees

They are determined upon the provisions of Law no. 24 for the year 1983 and its amendments.


Rank Number of Pilots
Senior Pilot 4
First Pilot 11
Second Pilot 9
Third Pilot 12
Total 36



96 tugboats are available at the Alexandria port (vessels with length less than 275 ft are not tugged).


Services and Facilities


Dry Dock There are two dry docks with dimensions 158.5 * 18.9 * 64 and
267 * 39.6 * 9.5 m
Floating Dock Available
Mechanical Dock Available


Bunkering and Supplies

* Feeder Vessels

FERTICOAL Telegraph Coal is provided by BATTON & RICA Co.
VOSCOT Telegraph Overseas for Cool Shipping and Trading Company
SHELL Telegraph Petroleum is provided by Shell-Egypt
MOBILOIL Telegraph Mobil-Egypt
NEAR EAST Telegraph ESSO Standard -Near East
ESS Telegraph ESSO


* Liquefied Gas Terminal

Available for vessels with 8.53 m. draught and 122 m. length


* Ship Repair

Companies specialized in vessel repair representing Alexandria Shipyard are operating inside the port. Two dry docks and 4 slipways fitted with modern equipment are available, as well as installations for vessel construction. Repair facilities are provided by the Egyptian Company for Shipbuilding and Repair.

* Supplementary Services

  • Fresh Water
  • Solar
  • Oils
  • Crew
  • Pilotage
  • Fuel
  • Diesel
  • Cleaning
  • Foodstuff
  • Light fuel
  • Fumigation
  • Spare parts
  • Wastes
  • Electric appliances
  • Provisions Free Zone
  • Ballast water reception
  • Accommodation requirements

Security, Safety and Environmental Preservation Properties

  • Security
  • Safety Service
  • Rescue OPeration
  • Medical capabilities
  • Fire Fighting
  • Pollution Combating



Address 106 El Horreya Avenue – Alexandria.
Telephone +203/4874322 – 4843532 – 4843534
Fax +203/4869714
Postal Code 26514 (El Shallalat Post Office)


Building Gate 4 (Previously 11)

Telephone +203/4806317 – 4800546 – 4800304
Fax +203/4800866

Maritime Terminal

Telephone +203/4800100 – 4800201 – 4805320


Control Tower

Telephone +203/4803992 – 4804633 – 4805116
Pilots 03/4802909
Fax +203/4805840- 4832614


Port Radio Terminal

Frequency (156.3 –158.8) mega cycle
Channel 10 Operates internally with the maritime services operations
Channel 11 For outer anchorage pilotage
Channel 13 For inner anchorage pilotage
Channel 16 For receiving international calls from the vessels
Channel 67 For receiving the vessels data
NAVTEX For receiving weather forecasts and navigational warnings transmitted by satellites to the nearest rescue station, then to the port’s radio station.
DSC-VHF Operates on channel 70 with 156.525 mega cycle frequency for receiving distress calls from vessels. Distress calls are sent by sign and in written through an attached printer indicating the data of the distressed vessel.


The General Information Center

Address Customs, Terminal 1
Telephone +203/4806314
Fax +203/4806314


Information Technology

Address Gate 27
Telephone +203/4837157 to 4837160
Fax +203/4837158

Transfers from Alexandria Port

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