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 Azwitina ( Zueitina ) Port

Location: Zueitina is situated approx 130km S of Benghazi.
General overview: Zueitina consists of offshore loading berths for oil tankers and LPG carriers. The main cargoes handled are crude oil, naphtha, butane and propane.
The LPG berth, because of it's location, experiences different weather conditions and may be closed due to swell conditions when the crude berths are open.
Traffic figures: Approx 270 vessels are handled annually.
Load Line zone: Summer.
Max size: LPG carriers LOA 160m, draft 8.7m and oil tankers up to 270,000dwt can be accommodated.
ETA's: Vessels ETA must be advised 72, 48 and 24 hours prior to arrival to "Zueitina Oil Company", for the attention of the Operations Manager and the Terminal Superintendent, Telex: 20139 ZUELY.

Vessels must provide the following information through their agents to the authorities with their ETA, on entering Libyan waters:
1.Point of entry
2.Colour of hull
3.Superstructure colour
6.ETA at port
7.Name of port
8.Nationality of crew
9.Ship's flag

Documentation required
Documents required include a Standard Crew List, Stores Lists and Declarations. It is most important that the last Certificate of Discharge is on board.


VHF: Ch 13 and 16, callsign "Zueitina Marine".
 LPG control room monitors Ch 12. Once VHF contact has been established, this should be maintained until out of range.

Health regulations:

Standard health regulations apply.
 If, for emergency reasons, a sick person has to be landed, the following information should be passed on as soon as possible:
1.Full name
2. Nationality
3.Passport number

Customs and immigration: Vessels are advised to be sure that no alcohol is out of the bond and that there are no goods from Israel on the vessel.
Flags: The courtesy flag and the ship's national flag must be conspicuously displayed.
Notices of readiness: NOR is given during hours of daylight and when cargo is ready, if the port is open and is within lay days. Also when ships are nominated and loading instructions have been received.
General notices & regulations: Lifeboats should not be worked in the harbour or anchorage area.
Sea buoys, fairways and channels: The approach to Zueitina is marked by a navigation buoy moored approx 3.5nm NW of Scogli reef. Minimum channel depth is 18.3m.
Pilot: Compulsory. The Mooring Master boards vessels near the Fairway buoy or within the anchorage area, centred on position 3055.0'N  02001.1'E and remains on board throughout the loading operation.

As advised by the Marine Office .
 Vessels awaiting a berth, anchor approx 1nm SE of the fairway buoy in depths of approx 30m. Holding ground is moderate to poor. During the winter strong NW'ly gales may set up heavy seas and swells, which may make the berths untenable.
 Prohibited anchorage is in the approaches to the oil loading berths and vessels should not anchor S of Lat 3054'N.

Tidal range and flow: Range 0.3m.
Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N'ly.
Principal navigation aids:

Zueitina oil terminal navigation buoy (Red and white stripes with spherical day mark (3056'N  02000'E). Light Fl (Mo"Z") W 10s.
 A DF radio station with a range of 100nm, working on 369kHz is available.

Charts: BA 3346, 3354. Admiralty Pilot NP49.
Tugs: There is 1 x 4,600hp tug available. Also mooring launches can assist with berthing.
Mooring information: Ships advised on berthing requirements prior to arrival on VHF Ch 13.
Names/Nos: There is a small craft harbour situated inside the Tre Scogli reef.
Tanker berths: There are 5 offshore crude oil loading berths, one closed and another reported to be closed temporarily:

A.SPM closed, now marked by navigational buoy Fl (Mo "A") W 5s.

B.Conventional buoy mooring situated approx 2.5nm offshore in depths of approx 21.9m. Vessels moor heading approx 313, using both anchors forward and mooring to 5 buoys aft (vessels require a min of 12 shackles on each anchor). Loading takes place through a submarine pipeline (42in diameter) and 2 x 12in hose connections. Loading rate 32,000-36,000bbls/hr.

C.SPM approx 3nm offshore in depths of approx 30.5m. Served by a 48in submarine pipeline and 2 x 12in hose connections.

D.Conventional buoy mooring situated approx 2.5nm offshore in depths of approx 26.8m. Vessels moor, heading approx 313 using both anchors forward and mooring to 5 buoys aft (vessels require a min of 11 shackles on each anchor). Served by a 42in submarine pipeline with loading taking place through a 12in hose connection. Loading rate 15,000-20,000bbls/hr. Dedicated "Naphtha" berth.

E.SPM situated approx 3nm offshore in depths of approx 25m. Served by a 42in submarine pipeline, loading taking place through 2 x 12in hose connections. Loading rate 32,000- 36,000bbls/hr. Temporarily closed, header marked by navigational buoy Fl (Mo "E") W 5secs.

LPG Terminal: Situated inside the Tre Scogli reef, SSW of the small craft harbour. The berth consists of a trestle projecting from the end of the small craft harbour sea wall, at the end of which is a loading platform with a breasting dolphin on each side. There are 6 mooring dolphins provided, vessels berth starboard side to using the port anchor. Vessels up to 160m LOA and max draft 8.7m can be accommodated having a cargo capacity of approx 32,000m3. Loading takes place through a single loading line at a rate of around 3,000bbls/hr.

Barges: There are no barges available.
Ballast/slop reception: All ships must have clean ballast, only SBT ballast is permitted.
Security: Security is generally good.
Safety: A ship to shore safety check list is to be completed before cargo operations, also vessels are required to be able to move off a berth under ships power in the event of an emergency or when required.
Repairs: There are no repair facilities available.
Docking facilities: No docking facilities available.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Not available.
Stores: Available but in limited quantities.
Medical facilities: Only emergency medical facilities are available.
Transport: Nearest airport: Benghazi.
Crew change: Crew change is not recommended.
Consuls: All Consular business at Tripoli.
Banks: There are no banks available.

Public holidays:

Leilat al Meiraj, Eid al Fitr, British Evacuation Day, Eid al Adha, Islamic New Year, Evacuation Day, Ashoura, Mouloud, Revolution Day, Evacuation Day and Leilat al Meiraj.

Working hours: Throughout 24 hours.
Surveyors: Cargo surveyors available, though prior notice is required.
Recreation: There are no facilities available.
Garbage: All garbage must be kept on board.
Officials and visitors: No person is allowed on board the ship without being cleared by customs and immigration first.
Fumigation: Not available.
Pollution: Liable to heavy fines and delays.
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