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Benghazi  Port

PORT DESCRIPTION
Location: Benghazi is situated on the NE coast of the Gulf of Sidra.
General overview: Main exports include sheep, wool, hides, goat, hair fabrics and woollen rugs. Imports include foodstuffs, textiles, pottery and chemical products.
Load Line zone: Summer.
Max size: Max LOA 167.6m and draft 8.53m.
PRE ARRIVAL INFORMATION
ETA's: Notice of ETA should be sent 24 hours prior to arrival.
Communications: Radio: VHF: Benghazi Port Radio, Ch 16.
General notices & regulations: The following are extracts from the harbour regulations:
     All power driven vessels berthed either alongside or end on at Rasif Giuliana, Cathedral mole or Italia mole are to have power available during harbour working hours.
    It is forbidden to discharge overboard, either in the harbour or in the roadstead, any burning material, ashes or rubbish of any kind.
    The loading and discharging of inflammable material and explosives must be carried out in accordance with the directions of the Harbour Master.
    Vessels arriving with a dangerous cargo on board must anchor in the roadstead; the port authorities will instruct them where to berth.
    Vessels which burn fuel oil must clean their bilges before arriving in the roadstead or the harbour.
    Fuel oil must not be embarked without permission from the Harbour Master.
NAVIGATION
Sea buoys, fairways and channels: There are 2 approaches as follows:
Approaching from SW: Keep from 2-3nm offshore, to avoid the rocky shoals which lie SW of the port.

Approaching from N: 

Make for the land NE of the port, especially in thick weather or with an offshore wind, as there are better landmarks here than SW, and there are no dangers lying more than 2.5nm offshore.
     A lightbuoy (safe water) is moored 4nm WSW of Benghazi light structure (3207.4'N  02003.7'E). The white sector (064.75-067.25) of a direction light, situated 1nm WSW of the same light structure, leads past the lightbuoy and through the harbour entrance between the N extremity of W breakwater and N breakwater. 
    Lights are exhibited from each side of the entrance. The entrance has been dredged to 13.5m.
Pilot: Compulsory. Pilot boards vessels approx 1nm off the harbour entrance, between 0700-2000hrs.
Anchorages:    Anchorage may be obtained in the roads, W and N of the port, but strong W winds cause a very heavy sea which renders the anchorage dangerous; during the winter it is seldom tenable. An obstruction lies 2.5nm W of Ra's Sidi Khuraybish.
    The anchorage area for vessels awaiting a berth lies between the parallels of 3207'N and 3211'N and between the meridians 01956'E and 01959.2'E.
    All vessels must anchor as instructed by the port authority, and must not shift berth except on the instruction of the port authority.
Tidal range and flow: Range 0.6m.
Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N'ly.
Principal navigation aids: Benghazi Light (conspicuous brown water tower, 22m in height), standing in a cemetery 0.15nm SE of Ra's Sidi Khuraybish.
Charts: 3352. Admiralty Pilot NP49.
Tugs: available.
BERTHS AND CARGO
Names/Nos: Inner Harbour:
Name Length  (m) Depth(m)
Rasif Libya 1 46 4.8
Rasif Libya 2   137 4.8
Rasif Libya 3   128 4.8
Rasif Juliana  183 3.1

Outer Harbour:

Name Length  (m) Depth(m)
Berth No 1 320  8.2
No 2 290 8.2
No 3 168 8.2
Pontoon Berths: Formed by 3 steel pontoons and used by small charge cargoes directly into trucks for delivery to consignee. Max LOA 60m, draft 4.3m.

In addition 3 buoy berths are available where vessels work cargo using lighters.

Container berths: Containers are worked alongside the general berths.
Tanker berths:

There are 2 berths used for tankers.
    A buoy berth at the N end of Rasif Juliana can accommodate vessels up to LOA 107m, draft 7.3m.
   A quay in the Outer Harbour 229m in length can accommodate tankers up to 7.3m draft.
   Ro-Ro berths: Ro-Ro vessels can be accommodated.

facilities: There are 2 floating cranes available capable of lifting 80t. Several mobile cranes of 30t capacity are also available.
Storage: There are 8 transit sheds which provide 17,500m2 of covered storage. Ample open storage area available.
Barges: Lighters available to work cargo though from Oct until the end of April. No lighterage work in the roadstead is possible due to the heavy swell that occurs.
GENERAL
Repairs: Available.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available.
Bunkering: Limited quantities are available.
Medical facilities: Medical facilities are available in the town.

 Transport:

Nearest airport: Benina 24km.
Public holidays: Mar 8, May 25, Jun 11, Jul 23, Sep 1, Oct 7, El Mouled Eli Nabawi, Aid el Fitr, Aid el Adha, Higri New Year. Friday is a weekly port holiday, work being performed but at overtime rates.
 Working hours: Normally 0800-1200hrs and 1300-1700hrs. Overtime 2000-2400hrs, 0100-0700hrs.
Developments: Extensive developments are taking place, with an additional 3,000m of quay to be provided, as well as the necessary back-up facilities.
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