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Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Website information on Libya

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: containerized and bulk cargoes, livestock, chemical and oils, etc.

The port is protected by two breakwaters of 2,000 and 700 metres and the harbour covers about 500 hectares, accommodating vessels up to 190 meters long with maximum draft (ship’s hull) of 10.5 meters. The maximum annual capacity is about 4 mt.

Port website: Port of Tripoli Website

Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

TOWN NAME: Tripoli City

DISTANCE (km) 0.00 (The port is located downtown).

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

The port is owned by the Marine Ministry, however port operations have been run by the Socialist Ports Company for over 20 years. All pilots, port handling equipment, stevedores, and port storage fall under this company.

For information on Libya Port of Tripoli contact details, please see the following link:

4.3 Libya Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The channel draft at the port is 12 m maximum, and vessels with max 10.5m depth can access.

The port is generally not congested, cargo moves smoothly, and there is no delay for incoming vessels. The average waiting time between arrival and berthing may be few hours to one day however priority is given to humanitarian cargoes.

MTs includes the volume and weight of the containers.

Seasonal Constraints



Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes / No


Major Import Campaigns

Yes / No


Other Comments


Handling Figures for YEAR 2017

Vessel Calls

About 500 Vessel

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

Based on the information collected during the mission to the port:

Bulk: 5.3 LYD/m3

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

(Storage fees are not included)

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth





Container Berth





Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs





Water Barges




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 used for RoRo

Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is managed by a governmental company: 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 max. 250 reefers with total storage space area about (11,620.00 m2 ).

The same for 40 ft containers

Other Capacity Details

Additional area to be used for 20 & 40 ft container storage to be constructed; works are reportedly suspended.


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

 Max. capacity is 2,500 Containers 20 & 40 ft. per day


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

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


Emergency Take-off Capacity

About 2,500 containers 20 & 40 ft. per day


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

According to national legislation, all humanitarian cargo is exempted from duties and taxes. Exemption letter/certificate should be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sent to the port authority prior to shipment arrival.

Once the customs clearing agent provides all clearance documents and finalises the normal process, the shipment will be temporarily released and transported (the shipment would be escorted by custom police) to the organization’s warehouse. Normally it takes from 1 to 3 working days to clear the shipment.

The warehouse 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, thus, issuing the final release.

The port working hours: From Saturday to Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The port still runs limited activities outside of working hours and holidays, based on need.


Head of Tripoli Port Customs:

Mr. Tareq Emara


For information on Libya Port of Tripoli customs guidance, please see the following link: 

1.3 Libya Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The paassengers terminal is part of the Tripoli port, but it has not been operating for many years.

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


The available handling option at the port is to discharge Grain and Bulk directly to Trucks or any mobile tanks to store it out-side of the port; the grain storage facility available at the port is reportedly fully occupied and used by different governmental companies.  



The main storage facilities are as follows:

Two indoor areas for bagged cargo about 3,780.00 m/ about 10,070.00 m3. This area is available for rent.

A space and electricity plugs only for 250 Reefer size of 40 ft containers can be available to store refrigerated cargo (total area is about 11,620.00 m2).

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

2 indoor warehouses can be used


Refrigerated Cargo

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


General Cargo

5 outdoor storage areas can be used

213,529 m2



Port Operated by one governmental company ("Libyan Ports Company”).

The total amount of labourers is around 750 employees, about 550 on ground operation and handling, and about 200 are managing the port facilities and activities.


Hinterland Information

All cleared items are moved out of the port by private trucks. The trucks are categorised by size, 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

Port located close to downtown at the north coast of Tripoli, 24/7 security guards at the main gates and 3 patrol fast boats. Equipped with Surveillance cameras that cover all storage areas.

There have been no attacks at the port during 2018, and the risk 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