2.1.4 Nigeria Port of Port Harcourt

Port Overview

Port Harcourt Port is situated off the Gulf of Guinea with a quay length of 1,259 metres and a stacking area of 27,497.15 m2. This port is a multi-purpose facility and is strategically located in one the world’s largest crude oil production regions, the Niger delta. Operators here include the Port and Terminal Operators Limited (PTOL) and BUA Ports and Terminals Nigeria Limited.

The Port is equipped with 16 tanks of 3,048 MT capacity of bulk oil installation and four (4) Arcon sheds with storage capacity 12,486.15m2.

The Port plays the ‘Mother-Port’ role to several jetties surrounding her as ‘satellites’ through the provision of pilotage and towage services, catering for the various markets, relating to Dry, Liquid and General cargo trades.

Port website:

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Port Harcourt Quays

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Onne: 22km

Port's Complete Name

Ports and Terminal Operators Limited


04°46.0' N


007°00.0' E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Terminal A: PTOL Terminal, Mrs Ada / 08065296305

Terminal B: BUA Ports and Terminal Ltd

Management Contact Person

See above

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Arik Air, British Airways,, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways

Port Picture


Terminal berths

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Under the NPA concession program, the following operators are responsible for the management, maintenance and operations of its individual terminal.

Terminal services offered by these terminals are containers, multipurpose and bulk.

The terminal operators are

  1. Ports and Terminal Operators Limited,
  2. BUA ports and terminals

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Nigeria Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

Terminal A has a total length of about 650 metres straight quay. There is no berth limitation to any vessel calling at Terminal A. The distance from Fairway buoy to Bonny is 17 Nautical miles while Bonny to Port Harcourt is 24 Nautical miles steering 7 Nautical. Fairway Buoy to Port Harcourt Port (Terminal A) is about 6 Hours. The average daft at Terminal A is of 9.5 m while the draft of channel is 12.5m.

There are no major limitations in operating through this port except for periodic route congestions. Average waiting time of vessels alongside terminal is 5 days. Cumulative handling capacity at the Port Harcourt port is 3,462,425 MT (Including container volume).

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


From April to September

Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments

The peak months of the rainy season is between the months of July & August.

Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls

312 vessels

Container Traffic (TEUs)

192,356 TEUs

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: 

  • Ports and Terminal Operating Limited


  • BUA Ports and Terminal


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Total Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth





Container Berth





Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs




Tug boats are allocated to vessels by the Nigeria Port Authorities

Water Barges




Container barges are privately owned and operated.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo

RoRo vessels do not call at this port, preference is for Tin Can

Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is privately managed. The respective terminals were all concessioned by the government to private businesses who now operate and manage the port facilities and in turn pay royalties to the government for the period of concession.



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane



Vessels are expected to be geared.

Container Gantries



Vessels are expected to be geared.

Mobile Cranes


Sufficient for demand

Reach stacker


Sufficient for demand

Available at both terminals

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)




Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines










Sufficient for demand

Available at both terminals

Container Facilities


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Forklifts, Reach stackers, handlers

Forklifts, Reach stackers, handlers

Container Freight Station (CFS)


Refrigerated Container Stations


Other Capacity Details

PTOL terminal is the core container terminal here and has been receiving additional shipments diverted by importers from Lagos port, hence strains on yard capacity and equipment. There aren’t any of such issues for BUA which is a core general cargo terminal.

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Customs Guidance

Customs offices are located within the port complex and official office hours are between 0800 and 1700 hours every working week. Customs do not operate weekends or public holidays and may be more difficult to engage on Fridays

For more information on customs in Nigeria, please see the following link: 1.3 Nigeria Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multi-Purpose Terminal

PTOL is predominantly a container terminal and without facilities to handle general cargo vessels.

BUA can handle general cargo and bulk vessels (Frozen fish, Bagged Rice, Bagged cement, Project cargo, Coated steel pipes, etc). They have 2 warehouse facilities within the terminal measuring 4,200m2 total.

Grain and bulk handling

Only BUA terminal is fitted with handling equipment (grabber) to cater for bulk vessels. They have a sucker to cater for Bulk Wheat, Palm Kernel Shell, Bulk Cement etc. They also handle Liquid Bulk Tallow, Crude Palm oil, Base Oil etc.

Main storage terminal

There is sufficient current warehouse space for food stores, bagged and general cargo however not all facilities are totally secure. This should be checked with clearing agents.

BUA has 2 warehouse facilities within the terminal and measuring a total of 4,200m2.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo



Refrigerated Cargo



General Cargo




Stevedoring services are the sole responsibility of the terminal operators. In addition to in-house stevedores, there are several third-party service providers registered with each terminal and the terminal operators nominate stevedoring companies to handle respective vessels.

Hinterland Information

Almost 100% of import shipments are moved out from the port by road. Goods or containers are loaded on trucks for delivery to destination. Truck ownership here is a combination of terminal and third-party vendors. Only a small percentage of cargo are initially moved using barges to other coastal locations within the city.

Port Security

Both terminals currently operate on ISPS level 1. Access into the terminal is strict with mechanisms put in place by each terminal operator to prevent the entry of un-authorized personnel into the terminal. All authorized persons are provided reflective jackets and head helmets before being allowed access into the terminals.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats


Fire Engines


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