Tripoli Port


Port Descreption:
Location:Tripoli (Tarabulus) is situated in W Libya, and is the capital and principal port of the country.
General overview:The harbour covers an area of approx 3.0sq km and is protected by 2 breakwaters, 2,000m and 700m in length respectively.
Traffic figures: Approx 600 vessels visit the port annually.
Load Line zone:Summer.
Max size: Max LOA 173.7m.
ETA’s: Vessel’s ETA should be sent 12 hours prior to arrival.
Radio: VHF: VHF ch 6, 10, 12 and 16.
Sea buoys, fairways and channels: From a position Lat 32°56.5’N, Long 013°13.5’E, 3.25nm NE of Tarabulus light the approach channel, 400m in width leads S for 1nm through Caliuscia Bank. The W side of the channel is marked by No 1 light beacon and No 3 light buoy; the E side by No 2 and No 4 light beacons.
Pilot: Compulsory, pilot boards 1nm NNE of the harbour entrance The pilot boat is a grey launch with a yellow funnel.
Anchorages: The anchorage area for vessels awaiting a berth lies approx 1.5nm N of Tarabulus light, the holding ground is reported to be good.
Tidal range and flow: Range 0.5m.
Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N’ly. Mist or haze is common, the latter especially with winds between E and S therefore the coast should be approached with caution.
Strong NW winds raise a heavy sea in the harbour entrance. The harbour should not be entered in bad weather.
Charts: BA 248, 3353. Admiralty Pilot NP49.
Tugs: There are 17 tugs 500-2,400hp available.
Names/Nos General cargo/Bulk berths:
Quay Length
Max draft (m)
No 5 91.4 3.66
No 5.5 91.4 3.66
No 6 253.0 3.96
No 7, 8 and 9 365.7 6.4-7.0
No 10 137.0 7.62
No 11, 12 and 13 289.5 6.71
No 14 167.7 6.55
Pontoon Berth 61.0 4.27
No 2, 3 and 4 274.0 5.8-7.0
No 5 91.4 5.18
No 8 91.4 4.1
Tanker berths: Length 152m; max draft 8.38m.
Offshore Berth: Approx 6nm E of the port. Vessels moor using both anchors and secure to mooring buoys, depth approx 16.0m.
Storage: There is 75,000m2 of warehousing and 75,000m2 of open storage available.
Repairs: Available.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available.
Bunkering: Available alongside.
Medical facilities: Medical facilities are available.
Transport: Nearest airport: Tripoli International Airport (32km).
Public holidays: Mar 8, May 25, Jun 11, Jul 23, Sep 1 and Oct 7. Variable dates: El Mouloud El Nabawi, Aid el Fitr, Aid el Adha.
Working hours: Normally 0800-1200hrs and 1300-1700hrs. Overtime 2000-2400hrs and 0100-0700hrs.
Developments: A new outer harbour is to be built, which will provide over 4,000m of quayage, depth alongside 12.0m.
Port Authority – General Ports&Authority
PO Box 648 – Tripoli- Libya
Tel: +218 21 47011
Telex: 20208