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
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
87 Km from Beirut
Port's Complete Name
Port de Tripoli
34° 26' 12.01" N
35° 50' 58.99" E
Managing Company or Port Authority
Tripoli Port Authority
Management Contact Person
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
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.
December till February and the temp. average low is 10 °C
Major Import Campaigns
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.
Type of Berth
Will be extended to 600m
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is managed privately.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
4 Super post panamax gantry cranes
2 in November and the remaining 2 to follow
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
RoRo Tug master (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Port of Tripoli contains one yard to store Containers, with an area of 10,000 m2
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Give an indication
Give an indication
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
For more information on customs in Lebanon, please see the following link: 1.3 Lebanon Customs Information
Main Storage Terminal
Number of Storage Facilities
4 Warehouses (dry drainage)
10 Warehouses for dry drainage goods and Wood
RoRo facility and 5 yards
- 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
Current ISPS Level