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Port Overview

Benghazi port is one of the biggest ports in Libya, located in eastern side of Libya on the Mediterranean coast, with total size: 4,400,000 Sqm. The port is managed  by the Libyan Ports Company. The Port resumed operations October of 2017, having suspended operation in 2014 due to internal disruptions. The infrastructure is in workable condition, navigation and buoys are in place.
From 2007, the Port of Benghazi had been the primary gateway for inward humanitarian traffic consigned to the Darfur, Sudan and Chad.

The port consists of the old harbour and the Juliana harbour. The old harbour contains nine berths (1-9) for receiving general cargos, containers and Berthing Tugs. The “Old Port “is no longer in use due to infrastructural damage. The Juliana harbour contains nine berths (10-18) for receiving general cargos and containers, silos, direct delivery goods and bulk items.

Port website: Port of Benghazi Website

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

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Libya

Province or District

Benghazi

Nearest Town or City (Distance from Port)

Benghazi (8.4km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Benghazi

Latitude

32.11667

Longitude

20.040000

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Libyan Port Company

Management Contact Person

Hussein Al Sharaa

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Benghazi Airport

Only Libyan Airlines depart and arrive to the airport 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

 

Benghazi Port is managed and operated by The Libyan Ports Company – Eastern coast. To note, the Libyan Ports Company is no longer one company. Libyan Ports Company – Eastern coast is independent of Libyan Ports Company – West & Middle coast due to political issues between east and west. Contacts for the Benghazi port are as follows: 

 

Port Manager - Captain Yazeed Bozrida 

Phone: +218614771113

Mob: +218925328473 / +218917244732

Email: Bozrida35@yahoo.com

 

Head of Benghazi port Security & safety department Captain Hussin Mohamed Elshara 

Mob: +218925807934 / +218910520474

Email: H.elshara@Bengazisea.ly

 

 Head of Handling & Storage section - Abdel Kareem Maati Hamad

Mob: +218924423356

Email: nasser.matti@yahoo.com


For more information on Libya Port of Benghazi contact details, please see the following link: 4.4 Libya Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The Port of Benghazi resumed operations October of 2017, having suspended operation in 2014, due to internal disruptions. The infrastructure is in workable condition, navigation and buoys are in place.

The dedicated port shed, located on the quay side, that was used remains structurally sound, repairs are required to the roof, side panels and the sliding doors will need to be repaired. The “Old Port “is no longer in use due to infrastructural damage

The operating structure requires an infusion of cargo handling equipment, warehouse and terminal space. All the quay walls have new and serviceable fenders which are in good condition. Channel draft 12.5 m Maximum 11 m vessel depth can access;

Humanitarian shipments always have priority at the port.

Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

Oct-Mar

Major Import Campaigns

 No


Other Comments

A Mediterranean type climate prevails. The rainy season is from October to March with heavy showers of rain only along the narrow coast in the northern part of Libya. Issues to consider for Bulk shipping operations.

Handling Figures for 2018

Vessel Calls

300

Container Traffic (TEUs)

15096 / TEU

 Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018

 Total Cargo handling

200,000 MTN

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

The port tariffs as advised by the Port Management to be low compared to the other ports of the world, there is an inherited concept of cross-government subsidy. The tariffs are very low, being established back to the 1980s.

On one hand the lower port rates endeavour to ensure and keep the costs of the landed commodities to Libya at an affordable rate, however conversely, there is no mechanism in the rates structure or operating budgets to include a percentage for the purchase of equipment, structured maintenance and training. 

Berthing Specifications

Berth

Draft (m)

LOA (m)

Remarks

1,2,3

9

958


4

5

135


5

5

100


7,8,9

6.5

547


10,11,12,13

10.5

1145


14

12.5

150


15

8.2

520

Grain, Bulk, Containers

16

12.5

150


17,18

6.5

800


10

12.5

200

Dedicated tanker berth


General Cargo Handling Berths 


Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

N/A 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

N/A 

Imports and Exports  RoRo 

N/A 

Other Imports 

N/A 


Port Handling Equipment 

The port equipment is managed by the government. 


Equipment 

Available 

  

Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 

No  

  

  

Container Gantries 

No 

  

  

Mobile Cranes 

Yes  

2 

Liebert Mobile cranes (75 MT and 100 MT) 

Reachstacker 

Yes  

6 

5x45 MT Capacity & 1x12 MT Capacity – Empty container handling 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 

Yes  

6 

5x45 Tons Capacity & 1x60 Tons 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 

Yes  

2 

11 Grain ship unloader – capacity 300 MT per hour 

11 Grain ship pneumatic conveyor 120 MT per hr 

Transtainer 

Yes 

5 

45 MT 

Forklifts 

Yes  

3 

7MT, 12MT, and 3MT 

There are also 4 Grabs and 2 Weighbridges at the port.

Container Facilities

Facilities 

20 ft & 40ft 

Container Facilities Available 

1 for 20 ft & 40 ft 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 

1 

Refrigerated Container Stations 

Up to 100 stations 

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

100-150 TEUs 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

Up to 100 stations 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

100-150 TEUs 


Customs Guidance


According to national legislation, all humanitarian cargos are exempted from duties and taxes. Exemption letter/certificate should be obtained from MOFA and sent to port authority prior to shipment arrival. Once the custom clearance agent provides all clearance documents and finalizes 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 temporarily 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, then issuing the final release. 

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


Controller of Customs, Benghazi. Brigadier General. Adel Al Wami, contact number +218912099944 


For more information on Libya Port of Benghazi customs details, please see the following link: 1.3 Libya Customs Information

Terminal Information


Grain and Bulk Handling

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. Berth 7 located at the berth are Vegan and ship-shore bulk handling equipment. The most significant traffic is liquid bulk, through tankers through the medicated tanker berth, followed by Dry bulk which will be grain and some cement.  

Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2) 

Bagged Cargo 

1 

7500 m2 

Refrigerated Cargo 

N/A 

  

General Cargo 

1 

7500 m2 


Hinterland Information 


All cleared items are moved out of the port by private trucks. The trucks are categorized 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 


The Port is said to be ISPS compliant, presently undergoing an International Ships and Port Security Audit. Level 2.  


Security 

ISPS Compliant 

YES 

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

2 

Police Boats 

Yes  

Fire Engines 

NO