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Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Information on the Port of Izmir

Port Overview

Izmir is situated at the east end of Izmir Bay. To reach the main facilities of the port of Izmir, a ship must enter Izmir Korfezi (inlet) from the Aegean Sea on a southeasterly course for about 20 nmi, then turn eastward through Izmir Bay for about 10 nmi.Izmir is Turkey's third largest port and has the best natural harbor. Traffic at the harbor is not congested; the ships transit the channel each day. Plenty ships can load/unload simultaneously, but Izmir is primarily a discharge port for tankers. The port is divided into several sections: outer harbor, middle harbor, inner harbor, and an explosives anchorage. The inner harbor has two primary port facilities: the old port which is sheltered by a breakwater and Alsancak.

Docking of ships at the old port is not permitted during the night, but ships can leave the port any time. At the new port there is no restriction about berth/unberth. There is a pipe line for oil-carriers in the gulf of Izmir where tankers with a max.draft of 33 ft. can operate. In old port length restricted to 165 m. max. draft 8 m. Access to the harbor from the Aegean Sea is through Izmir Inlet where depths range from 25 to 40 fathoms. Radar may be the most reliable means to fix a ship's position in the inlet. Significant differences may exist between actual depth soundings and the charted depths between the seaward approach and the middle harbor anchorage in Izmir Bay. Depths may vary by 6 to 8 ft at Pelikan Bank; by 6 to 12 ft in the vicinity of Yenikale; and 12 to 18 ft inside the middle harbor anchorage area.

Significant dangers lie adjacent to the channel; merchant ships have gone aground in the vicinity of Pelikan Bank because of failure to use proper vigilance and all navigational aids available. Caution should be exercised when transiting near Yenikale. The channel, marked by two buoys, is approximately 900 ft wide at the buoys, decreasing to 600 ft east of the buoys. Caution should also be exercised near Cakal Burnu (point) by giving it a wide berth. The northern, main entrance to the inner harbor of the old port is 130 ft wide with a depth of 40 ft. All ships use the main entrance, however liberty boats may use the southern entrance when going to/from the inner harbor's fleet landing.

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Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Izmir

km: n/a

Port's Complete Name

Port of Izmir





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

General Directorate of Turkish State Railways

Management Contact Person

TCDD Liman Isletmesi M<udurlugu Izmir - Turkey

Tel: +232 463 22 52 / +232 463 22 52 / + 232 421 00 81

Fax: + 232 463 22 48

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For information on Turkey port contact details, please see the following link: 

4.2.2 Turkey Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Berthing Specifications

Berths at the new port of Alsancak are obtained on basis of the time and date of arrival of each vessel. If the port is congested, vessels wait for their turn at anchor.
Pilotage is compulsory for vessels entering or leaving the port of Izmir. and is provided by theTurkish Maritime Organization (TDI).VHF channels 16, 12.
(Pilot use is not compulsory, but is recommended for all ships unfamiliar with the port when proceeding to the middle harbor anchorage area. Ship masters who are not familiar with the local waters board pilots near Pelikan Bank. Pilots are required for entrance to the inner harbor of the old port, and board ships just outside the northern entrance to the inner harbor. Pilot use is not required for aircraft carriers proceeding to their normal anchorage area.)
Towage is provided by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) , 3 tugs available up to 2.500 HP.
There are 24 berths with a total quay length of 3.319 m.

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? n/a

The berths and the yard behind are well equipped with modern handling facilities.
There is one floating crane with 100 tons capacity,5 container quayside gantry cranes of 40 tons capacity, 9 shore cranes of 3-15tons capacity, 14 mobile cranes of 5-25tons capacity, 16 rubber tyred transtainers of 40 tons capacity, 21 reach stackers of 40 tons capacity, 28 container forklifts of 10-42 tons capacity, 47 general cargo forklifts of 2- 5 tons capacity, 36 tug masters, 2 loaders and 62 trailers.

Container Facilities

The container terminal has 7 berths which haven an alongside depth  of 13 m. The total length of the berths is 1.050 m. The terminal covers an area of 152.000 sqm. and the holding capacity is 7074 TEU. Container operations at the quays are carried out by 5 gantry cranes of 40 tons capacity. The operations at the container yard are carried out by 19 rubber tired transtainers and 21 reach stackers of 40 tons capacity, together with 28 containers forklifts of up to 42 tons capacity. Reefer facilities for refrigerated containers are also available.

Grain and Bulk Handling

The grain silo has capacity of 76.000 tons. The conveyor can delivery between 2.500 and 3.000 tons in 24 hours. Bulk ore loaded by grabs. Daily loading capacity per shift of 8 hours is between 750 to 1.000 tons.

Main Storage Terminal

Storage facilities of Izmir consist of 215.940 sqm. open and 26.978 sqm. covered areas including a hazardous cargo warehouse.