Apart from being less crowded than Algiers port and the closest to the EDPs at Tindouf / Rabouni, Oran is a major port in Algeria, and since the 1960s has been a commercial, industrial, and educational centre for Western Algeria. The port is located at Oran province in the north-western part of the country.
Port website: Port of Oran Website
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Name : Tindouf
Port's Complete Name
Port of Oran
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Enterprise Portuaire d'Oran
Management Contact Person
Mr. Ben Shemsa
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Airport Name: Es Senia Airport
Airlines: Aigle Azur , Air Algerie , Alitalia , Vueling
- Located about 400 km west of Algiers, Oran has been built on top of cliffs, at the foot of which is situated the port. The port of Oran benefit of a location in the foreground:
- Near busy sea lanes that connect the north-west Europe to the Suez canal
- Built-in beam-trade Europe and Algeria less than 200 km from the Iberian shores
- At the midpoint between the strait of Gibraltar and the port of Algiers the port is accessible 24 24, all support services (pilotage, towage, stevedoring ...) Are provided so as to facilitate manoeuvring of entry and exit, the password input is a width of 150m and a depth of 25m. Vessels up to 35,000 dwt size can berthed at one of 24 positions spread over 07 commercial dock basins totalling lake of 122ha.
- Apart from the port regular container yard (CY), a new CY called the Dry Port (Port Se’c), located around 13 Km from the port was introduced IN 2008. This yard at the time being only used for MSC shipments. Upon arrival of the vessel and discharging the containers at the Port CY, the shipping lines and on its own account (i.e. will not be charged to the clients) must within 48 hours from arrival and prior to the initiation of any clearance or inspection process, move their containers from the port to the “Dry Port” which is managed by MTA (Maghrebine De Transport Et Auxiliaire), not the Port authorities.
- The Tariff in this yard is similar to that of the port, but the container storage cost starts from day 1 compared to 3 days free storage time given by the Port authorities at their yard. However, the service in this yard is better, less bureaucracy and faster than the port, especially custom clearance and inspection since it take from 3-4 working days here compared to a minimum of 6 working days at the regular port. The selection process (i.e. which shipment stays at the port and which goes to the Dry dock) is based on a mutual agreement between the Port authorities, the shipping lines and MTA and pending the space available (currently the maximum capacity of this yard is around 900 containers).
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Port Of Oran Considers the largest port in the western region and the second at the national level, the port of Oran in 2013 recorded a total traffic of 5.48 million tonnes of cargo including 2 million tonnes dry bulk, bulk 181,062 tonnes liquid and 2,857,000 tons of various goods.
Total handling capacity of the port (theoretical)
(300 containers*26 days * 21.5 MT)
Monthly activity of the port
Current monthly use by WFP
1,000 to 2,100
Potential monthly use by WFP
Monthly use if augmented
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Discharges Rates (MT / day)
* Source: MTA (WFP’s superintendent). No actual experience for WFP and/or other humanitarian agencies in bulk cargo, which is mainly used for the National Grain Agency at the port.
** For bagged cargo, actual daily discharge rate was with an average of 400 MT/day, during a shipment received on January 2009
There are 19 quays at the port with a maximum draft of 11 meters and minimum draft of 7.2 meters.
For charter shipment (Bulk/Bagged), maximum 3 quays are operational and available for commercial use, as per our observation in January 2009
|Anchorages||n/a||11 to 12.2||152||11 to 12.2||152|
|Channel||n/a||9.4 to 10||n/a||9.4 to 10||n/a|
|Cargo Pier||n/a||3.4 to 4.6||n/a||3.4 to 4.6||n/a|
|Mean tide||n/a||1 ft||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Draught at anchor||meters||11||n/a||11||n/a|
|Draught at Berth||meters||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Length Over All||meters||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Pilotage||n/a||Available and Compulsory||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Some of the port specifications above are according to World Port Source website and others obtained through assessment and through WFP’s superintendent.
Port Cargo Handling Equipment
It is important to note that in general, port cargo equipment is old and occasionally, there are malfunctioning that causes delays in receipt and services of cargo. Also, end 2008/beginning of 2009, we understand that there was intention to hand over the port to a private commercial management, accordingly a lot of restructure rearrangements took place, however, it seems that works discontinued at the time being and we don’t have more information yet about the subject.
Port Cargo Equipment (Operational)
28 MT/day (not available for commercial use)
Available Storage (covered)
Available Storage (open shed)
|Ship to shore tower crane||n/a||n/a|
Other (specify) open area
Mobile Harbour Cranes
Loaded Container Handling Liftrucks
Empty Container Handling Liftrucks
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)
|Maximum 300 container per day for both|
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)