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.
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
|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)
Large Strait : 2000 m. Length, 220 m. width, 14 m. depth.
Small Strait : 1600 m. length, 100 m. width, 9 m. depth.
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.
They are determined upon the provisions of Law no. 24 for the year 1983 and its amendments.
|Rank||Number of Pilots|
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
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|
|NEAR EAST||Telegraph||ESSO Standard -Near East|
* 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
- Light fuel
- Spare parts
- Electric appliances
- Provisions Free Zone
- Ballast water reception
- Accommodation requirements
Security, Safety and Environmental Preservation Properties
- Safety Service
- Rescue OPeration
- Medical capabilities
- Fire Fighting
- Pollution Combating
|Address||106 El Horreya Avenue – Alexandria.|
|Telephone||+203/4874322 – 4843532 – 4843534|
|Postal Code||26514 (El Shallalat Post Office)|
Building Gate 4 (Previously 11)
|Telephone||+203/4806317 – 4800546 – 4800304|
|Telephone||+203/4800100 – 4800201 – 4805320|
|Telephone||+203/4803992 – 4804633 – 4805116|
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||+203/4837157 to 4837160|