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Port Overview

The Port of Tripoli is the second port in Lebanon after the Port of Beirut. It has an approximate area of 3,000,000 m2, with a water area of 2,200,000 m2, a land area of 320,000 m2, and a 420,000 m2 dump area adjacent to the current port, reserved for the future Container Terminal and Free Market Zone (which are under construction). Most shipments carry general goods and dry discharge such as iron, wood, and sugar, various kinds of beans, iron scrap, vehicles, and construction material. The Port of Tripoli also contains a Free Zone with an area of 150,000 m2. The Port is currently undergoing expansion projects, where a new 600 m long berth is being built for container trade, with a rear zone area of 1,200,000 m2. This zone has been approved by the Lebanese Parliament as a free economic zone. The Port of Tripoli is independent both administratively and financially, and is governed by the General Code for Public Institutions according to decree no 4513. The Port is managed by a Board of Directors composed of 5 members elected for 3 years.

Port website: http://www.oept.gov.lb/index.php/en/aboutusen

Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Lebanon

Province or District

North

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Tripoli

87 Km from Beirut

Port's Complete Name

Port de Tripoli

Latitude

34° 26' 12.01" N

Longitude

35° 50' 58.99" E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Tripoli Port Authority

Management Contact Person

‎Ahmad Tamer

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Beirut Rafic Hariri International airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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

Port Performance

The Port of Tripoli has several characteristics mainly:

•    The presence of a rear zone of an area reaching 1,200,000 m2.

•    The building of a new berth that is 15 m deep and 600 m long in an initial phase, with an length expansion to 1200 m in a second phase.

•    The presence of storage areas inside the Port, the Free Zone, and the Free Economical Zone.

•    The availability of great areas near the port to build correlated dry ports.

•    The location of the port only 30 km away from the border with Syria, and thus accessible to the Gulf and the Arab World.

•    Low Taxes and Tariffs, and reduced fees for hired labour.

 

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

December till February and the temp. average low is 10 °C

Major Import Campaigns

N/A

 

Other Comments

Tripoli has a Mediterranean Climate with mild winters and moderately hot summers. Temperatures are moderated throughout the year due to the warm Mediterranean Current coming from Western Europe. Therefore, temperatures are warmer in the winter by around 10 °C (50 °F) and a bit cooler in the summer by around 7 °C (45 °F) compared to most of Lebanon. Although snow is an extremely rare event that only occurs around once every 5 years, hail and sleet are very common and occur fairly regularly in the winter. Rainfall is concentrated in the winter months, with the summer typically being very dry.


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

Port Tariffs can be found on the following link http://www.oept.gov.lb/index.php/en/tariffs-en

Lebanon enforces the Arab League Boycott of Israel. As such, all vessels are allowed to berth at Beirut Port apart from Israeli-owned vessels, vessels that have called at Israeli Ports, and/or vessels carrying cargo originating from Israel.

Shipping lines coordinate with Ministry of Transport and Harbour Master to share the list of incoming vessels. Shipping lines confirm arrival of the vessels 24 hours and 12 hours in advance to the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC) with cargo manifest.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

8

 

 

 

Container Berth

1

300

16

 Will be extended to 600m

Silo Berth

N/A

 

 

 

Berthing Tugs

10

 

 

 

Water Barges

N/A

 

 

 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Yes

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Yes

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Yes

Other Imports

Cars

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is managed privately.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

N/A

 

Container Gantries

Yes

4 Super post panamax gantry cranes

2 in November and the remaining 2 to follow

Mobile Cranes

Yes

6 Mobile cranes with capacity of 125-165 Tons

7 Mobile cranes with capacity of 100-120 Tons

10 Mobile cranes with capacity of 70-90 Tons

20 Mobile cranes with capacity of 40-65 Tons

11 Mobile cranes with capacity of 25-38 Tons

 

Reach stacker

Yes

 

 

RoRo Tug master (with Trailer)

Yes

 

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Yes

 

 

Transtainer

Yes

2

 

Forklifts

Yes

24

 

Container Facilities

Port of Tripoli contains one yard to store Containers, with an area of 10,000 m2

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes

Yes

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Other Capacity Details

 

 

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

 

 

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

 

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity

Give an indication

Give an indication

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

 

 

Customs Guidance

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

Terminal Information

Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

4 Warehouses (dry drainage)

11,000 m2

Refrigerated Cargo

1 Yard

 

General Cargo

10 Warehouses for dry drainage goods and Wood

17,500 m2

Vehicles

RoRo facility and 5 yards

15,000 m2

Containers

1 Yard

10,000 m2

 

 

 

 

Port Security

  • Lebanese authorities’ security and private security guards
  • Works 24/7 to protect and guard the Port and the Free Zone
  • A network of surveillance cameras with a fibre optics infrastructure
  • Lighting in all the parts of the Port

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

Level 1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

Yes