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Port Overview

Al Khoms is a small port for bulk carriers, general containers, livestock, car carriers in addition to oil and chemical items. It has an entrance channel of 16 meters depth and an anchorage with a depth of 10.5 to 11.5 meters. The port itself consists of nine medium sized berths (numbers 12 to 19) with lengths ranging from 75 to 530 meters and maximum drafts ranging from 10.5 to 11.5 meters depending on the berth. The port is well organized, functioning well, and no security breaches were reported in 2018.  

Key port information can also be found at:


Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Khoms City

(the port is located in the city)

Port's Complete Name

ميناء الخمس البحري Port of AL KHOMS





Managing Company or Port Authority

Libyan Ports Company

Management Contact Person

Mr. Ali Al Sahlly

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Misratah International Airport MRA


-       Libyan airlines

-       Afriqiyah Airways


-       Afriqiyah Cargo

-       Buraq Air

-       Global Aviation and Services Group


Port Picture

As it shown in the above pictures, the port consists of 20 berths (sequentially named from 1 to 20), and 11 storage areas, the main and paved storage area is the one located close to berths 14 &15. (about 15 hectares).

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Libyan Ports Company manages and operates the port.

Mr. Ali Al Sahlly

Title: Harbour manager

Tel: +218925273710

Mr Mostafa Morshan

Title: Deputy Harbour manager

Tel: +218913730517

Mr. Salem Abo Galia

Title: Port operations manager

Tel: +218926058557

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

Port Performance

Al Khoms port is an important port in Western Libya, widely used for commercial purpose, resulting in it being generally congested. The time between arrival and berthing is from 2 hrs to 2 days (depends on the congestion); however, the port management gives the priority to the humanitarian cargos, so no significant delay for humanitarian shipments is expected.

The channel draft is 16m with a maximum 11.5 m vessel depth, and the cargo-handling tonnage includes the volume and weight of the containers.



Vessel Calls

Approx. 450

Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)

About 800,000

Break bulk (MT)

About 50,000

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Handling fees:

Bulk: 5.5 LYD/m3.

Break Bulk: 50.00 LYD/ Container

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth

5 berths



Berths, 6, 7, 12, 10, & 18

Container Berth

3 berths



Berths, 13, 14, & 15

Silo Berth



Direct delivery, no available storage area, using Vacuum to off-load – 600 MT-hr

Berthing Tugs




3500 hr & 2800 hr power

Water Barges



These services are provided by shipping agencies.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

All can be used

Exports - Bagged Cargo

All can be used

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Berth No.6

Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is managed by the governmental company the Libyan Port Company.



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes



In good condition




In good condition

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)



In good condition

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines



In good condition







In good condition


Container Facilities



20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

1 main storage area about 15 Hectares for 20 & 40 ft. containers.


Container Freight Station (CFS)

1 main storage area about 15 Hectares for 20 & 40 ft. containers.


Refrigerated Container Stations

1 storage station for 20 & 40 ft. containers able to receive 520 refrigerated containers


Other Capacity Details

Other unpaved storage areas used to store cars and animals.


Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

300 – 400 Containers


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

3 Storage areas containing 520 electricity plugs can supply Max. 520 reefers with total storage space area about (15,000.00 m2 ).


Emergency Take-off Capacity

450 containers in total


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

According to the 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 temporary 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 temporally 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, thus, issuing the final release.


Required documents.

I- Original Certificate of Origin attested by the Chamber of commerce at the country of origin; certificates have to be translated into Arabic.

II- Original Invoice attested by the Chamber of commerce at the country of origin; invoices have to be translated into Arabic.

III- Packing List translated into Arabic.

IV- Original Bill of landing.


Hours of operation.

Working hours: from Saturday to Thursday, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm; however, the port might continue functioning out of working hours in emergency situations.

The Customs offices is located out of the port borders. Working hours: from Sunday to Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

RoRO facilities: Berth no 6 can be used for RoRo shipments, using the same main storage area

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 the port as there is no grain storage facility at the port.

Main Storage Terminal

The main and paved storage area is the one located close to berths 14 &15. (about 15 hectares). No Indoor warehouses available in the port. The main storage consists of outdoor areas. 


Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2) 

Bagged Cargo



Refrigerated Cargo

Using the same 3 Storage areas containing 520 electricity plugs that can connect max. 520 reefers within the total storage space area.


General Cargo



The port is operated by one governmental company the Libyan Ports Company.

The total amount of laborers is around 1,000 employees, about 800 on ground operation and handling, and about 200 managing the port facilities and activities.

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 located close to the city centre, on the north coast of Al Khoms. 24/7 security guarded are available at the main gates, in addition to 3 patrol fast boats. Surveillance cameras covers all storage areas.

There have been no attacks at the port in 2018, and the risk to vessels conducting operations at the port is assessed to be low.


ISPS Compliant


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


Police Boats


Fire Engines




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