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Port Overview

The Port of Tripoli is the principal sea port in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, and one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean. It is managed and operated by the Libyan Ports Company, and handles different types of products, including containerized and bulk cargo, livestock, chemical and oil, etc.

The port is protected by two breakwaters of 2000 and 700 meters, and the harbour covers about 500 hectares, and can accommodate vessels to 190 meters long with a maximum draft of 10.5 meters. The maximum annual capacity of the port is about 4 million mt.

Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Tripoli City

(The port is located in downtown Tripoli)

Port's Complete Name

 ميناء طرابلس البحري Port of Tripoli





Managing Company or Port Authority

Libyan Ports Company

Management Contact Person

Mr. Salem Bader

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Mitiga Airport – MJI

  1. Libyan Airlines
  2. Afriqiyah Airways
  3. Buraq Air
  4. Libyan Wings
  5. Global Aviation and Services Group

Port Picture




-        Zone 1 includes: Storage area 1 & Berths 5, W6, 6, 6E, 7, 8, and 9.

-        Zone 2 includes: Storage area 2 & Berths 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

-        Zone 3 includes: Storage area 3 & Berths 15, 16, 17, and 18.

-        Zone 4 includes: Storage area 4 & Berths 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.

-        Zone 5 includes: Storage area 5 & Berths 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

  • Mr. Jamal Khalel

Port Operations Manager


  • Mr. Mohamed Amora

Storage and handling Manager


Please visit the following link for more contacts details:

Port Performance

The channel draft at the port has a maximum of 12 metres, and vessels with a maximum depth of 10.5m can access the port.

The port is generally not congested; cargo moves smoothly through the port, and there is no delay for incoming vessels. The average waiting time (between arrival and berthing) is a few hours to one day maximum, but priority is given to humanitarian cargo.


Handling Figures for YEAR 2017

Vessel Calls

About 500 vessels

Container Traffic (TEUs)

About 35,000 to 45,000

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for YEAR 2017

Bulk (MT)

About 745,000.00

Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

The main charges of handling*:

Bulk: 5.3 LYD/m3

Break bulk: 50.00 LYD/Container (20 ft and 40 ft have the same rate)

*storage fees aren't included

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)

Conventional Berth




Container Berth




Silo Berth




Berthing Tugs





General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

All berths could be used

Exports - Bagged Cargo

All berths could be used

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Berth No. 6 is used for RoRo

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment managed by the government through the Libyan Ports Company.



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes



2 are in good conditions & 2 are under maintenance




8 are in good conditions & 4 are under maintenance

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)




Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines



2 are in good condition & 1 is under maintenance








Container Facilities



20 ft.

40 ft.

Container Facilities Available

5 Mixed storage Areas for 20 & 40 ft.

5 Mixed storage Areas for 20 & 40 ft.

Container Freight Station (CFS)

5 Mixed storage Areas for 20 & 40 ft.

5 Mixed storage Areas for 20 & 40 ft.

Refrigerated Container Stations

1 Storage area containing 250 electricity plugs can supply a maximum of 250 reefers, with a total storage space area about (11,620.00 m2 ).

The same for 40 ft containers.

Other Capacity Details

Though work on this area has been suspended, a new storage area for 20 and 40 ft containers was being prepared.


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

 The maximum capacity is 2500 containers of 20 & 40 ft. per day.


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

1 Storage area containing 250 electricity plugs can supply a maximum of 250 reefers with a total storage space area of about (11,620.00 m2 ).


Emergency Take-off Capacity

About 2500 containers of 20 & 40 ft. per day.


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

According to national legislation, all humanitarian cargo is exempt from duties and taxes. An exemption letter/certificate should be obtained from the MoFA and sent to the port authority prior to the arrival of the shipment.

Once the customs clearance agent provides all clearance documents and finalizes the process, the shipment will be temporarily released, and transported (the shipment will be escorted by customs police) to the organization’s warehouse. It usually takes 1 to 3 working days to temporarily clear a shipment.

The container will be closed and sealed until the Food and Drug Control Centre tests the commodities and confirms the compliance of the shipment with Libyan standards, before issuing the final release.

Port Working Hours:

Saturday to Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The port still runs limited activities outside of the working hours and holidays, based on need.

Head of Tripoli Port Customs:

Mr. Tareq Emara


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

Terminal Information


The passenger terminal is part of Tripoli port, but it has not been operational for many years.

RoRo facilities: Berth no. 6, as shown above is used for RoRo shipments, using the same storage areas mentioned.



The available handling option at the port is to discharge grain and bulk directly onto trucks or any mobile tanks, and to store it outside of the port, as the grain storage facility available at the port is already fully occupied and in use by another government company.  


The main storage facilities are the following:

Two indoor areas for bagged cargo of about 3,780.00 m2 and about 10,070.00 m3. These areas are available for rent.

A space of about 11,620 m2 can be made available to store refrigerated cargo and can provide electricity plugs for 250 Reefer size 40 ft containers.


Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

2 indoor warehouses can be used


Refrigerated Cargo

A space with and electricity plugs for 250 Reefer size 40 ft containers


General Cargo

5 outdoor storage area can be used

213,529 m2


The port is operated by the government through the Libyan Ports Company, which employs a total of 750 people, 550 in ground operations and handling, and 200 in management of the port facilities and activities.

Hinterland Information

All items cleared are moved out of the port by private trucks. The trucks are categorized by size and type, each truck has a sequence number, and all are recorded in a waiting list. The trucks’ movement process is managed by the Union of Trucks.

Port Security

The port is located close to downtown Tripoli on the northern coast.  Security guards are stationed 24/7 at the main gates and there are also 3 high-speed patrol boats. The port is equipped with surveillance cameras that cover all storage areas.

There have been no attacks at the port in 2018, and the risks to vessels conducting operations at the port is assessed to be low.


ISPS Compliant


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


Police Boats


Fire Engines