Alexandria port

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Alexandria is situated on the West Verge of the Nile Delta between the Mediterranean Sea and Mariut Lake. It is considered the second most important city and the main port in Egypt. It handles over three quarters of Egypt’s foreign trade. Alexandria port consists of two harbors (East and West) separated by a T-shaped peninsula. The first part is for general cargo and the second part is for wood and bulk trade, and the East harbor is shallow and is not used in navigation. The West harbor is used for commercial shipping. The harbor is formed by two converging breakwaters.

Navigation and
Geographic Location

The port is protected by sea stuns, and two converging breakwaters. The entrance breadth is approximately 400m. The port is divided into two harbors separated by coal berths and the inner breakwater. The first harbor is called the inner dock and is used mainly for handling general cargo. The second harbor is called the outer harbor. With a water area of 600 hectares, the second harbor is used for oil and bulk cargo traffic. The approach area is 3km away from the straight entrance, with a depth varying from 30-35m. There are 2 straits leading to the port; The Great Pass, a large strait 2000m Long, 220m wide, and 14m deep, and the Boghaz pass, a smaller strait 1600m long, 100m wide, and 9m deep. 

Navigation Channels

Large Strait:

Length: 2000m Width: 220m Depth: 14m

Small Strait:

Length: 1600m Width: 1000m Depth: 9m

Approach Area

The Port is protected by sea turns and 2 converging breakwaters. The entrance breadth is approximatly 400m. The port is divided into 2 harbors separated by coal berths and the inner breakwater. The first harbor is called the inner dock while the second harbor is called the outer dock with a water area of approximatly 600 hectares. The first harbor is used for general cargo while the second harbor is used for oil and bulk cargo traffic. The approach area is 3km away from the strait entrance and its depth varies from 30-35m. 


Pilotage is compulsory for all types of vessels arriving or departing the port except that of tonnage less than 300 tons. Pilots board in the designated waiting area to pilot the ship inside to the outer harbor anchorage area, through fairways, inside the inner anchorage area and throughout maneuverings. Pilotage fees are determined upon the provisions of Law no. 24 for the year 1983 and its amendments.

Pilot Rank Number of Pilots
Senior Pilot 4
First Pilot 11
Second Pilot 9
Third Pilot 12

Alexandria Port information

Port Specifications

Total Area 8,400,000 sq. m
Water Area 6,800,000 sq. m
Land Area 1,600,000 sq. m
Customs Zone 90,000 sq. m
Maximum Port Length 4,800 m
Maximum Port width 2000 m

Maximum Capacity 36.8 million ton/year
details as follows

General Cargo 17.8 million ton
Dry Bulk 10.8 million ton
Liquefied Bulk 4.3 million ton
Containerized Cargo 3.9 million ton
TEU Capacity 500000

Alexandria Port Properties

VHF Channel 10 11 13 14 67, channel 16 for international calls from vessels
ISPS Code 14726
Body of Water Mediterranean Sea
Latitude 31 08N
Longitude 29 49E
Time Zone GMT +2
Nearest Airport Alexandria Burg El Arab (HBE)
Working Hours 24 Hours
Max Draft 8.8m for General Cargo
11m for Inner Anchorage
Max Length No Limits
Tidal Range 0.46 m
Weather North Eastern Wind throughout the year. 2-3 m/s in summer and rainy 5-7 m/s in winter
Water Density 1.030 g/cm3

Port Restrictions

  • No shifting pontoons allowed ashore. Pontoons can only be shifted on vessel’s deck and cannot be offloaded on Quay. In case needed, Trucks must be arranged to offload pontoons on them if no place on deck for shifted pontoons after needed permits being granted
  • Painting is not allowed and can only be performed at shipyard quay
  • Welding & hot works can only be performed through agency by approved company after granting port permits
  • No Hotworks after sunset
  • Washing/Cleaning and any pollution leading activities are not allowed
  • No maneuvering after sunset for Quay number 5, 9, 64, 65, 82, 85.
  • Timber can only be discharged on barges at inner acnhorage

Alexandria Port Terminals and Berths


Terminal Availability
Breakbulk available
Container available
Drybulk available
Gas available
Liquid available
Multipurpose available
Passenger available
RoRo available
Tanker available


Berth Type Number of Berths Berths Number Length (ft) Depth (ft)
from to
General Cargo 19 1,2,3,4,5,10,10/11,11,13-14,15,16,17,18,19,20,35,36,37,43 9911 16 32
Passenger and Tourist 3 6,7,8-9 2628 32 36
Petroleum and Food Oil 5 51,52,53,54,55 3380 33 34
Coal 1 34 960 33 33
Grains and Supplies 3 44,45,46 2270 28 42
Livestock 1 50 426 21 21
Military 2 21,22 1460 18 31
Ship Yard for Navy 2 Shipyard(1),shipyard(2) - - -
Mutlipurpose Terminal project 1 27-33 8000 46.4 56
Molasses 1 38 264 28 28
Container  5 23-24-25,26,39,40-41,42 5083 26 41

Alexandria Port Services

Alex services

Service Availability
Fresh Water available
Bunkering available
Provisions & Spare Parts available
Fumigation available
Dirty Ballast Reception available
Waste/Garbage Removal available
Sludge Removal available
Storage Facilities available
Cash To Master available
Crew Change available
Dangerous Cargo on Board available
Floating Crane available
Pilotage & Tugging available
Underwater Cleaning available
Repair available
Security available
Safety Services available
Rescue Operation available
Medical Capabilities available
Fire Fighting available
Pollution Combating available


Companies specialized in vessel repair representing Alexandria Shipyard operate inside the port with all repair facilities provided by the Egyptian Company for Shipbuilding and Repair.
Alexandria Shipyard operates two dry docks (with dimensions 158.5m x 18.9m x 64m and 267m x 39.6m x 9.5m), and 4 slipways fitted with modern equipment and installations for vessel construction allows docking of vessels up to 85,000 DWT.
Egyptian Company for Shipbuilding and Repair operates a 6,000mt floating dock as well as 3 small slipways for smaller vessels up to 600mt.

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