Port Description
Location: Tripoli (Tarabulus) is situated in W
Libya, and is the capital and principal port
of the country.
General overview: The harbour covers an area
of approx 3.0sq km and is protected by
2 breakwaters, NE of 2,000m and the NW of 700m
in length. Increased passenger vessel traffic by Costa Cruises will boost passengers
travelling to Tripoli and Benghazi to approx 50,000 per year.

Traffic figures: Approx 300 vessels visit the port annually.
Load Line zone :Summer.
Max size: Max LOA 183m, draught 10m.

Pre Arrival Information
ETA’s: Vessel’s ETA should be sent 12 hours prior to arrival.
Communications : VHF: Ch 06, 10, 12 and 16.

Sea buoys, Fairways and channels: Approach and entry: The port is approached through compulsory designated Approach Reporting Points, shown on the chart, and entered at Caliuscia Bank, through dredged channels and between breakwaters, on the alignment of leading lights. For details of Approach Reporting Points see General Marine Information.
Outer approaches: Vessels approaching Tripoli must keep clear of the Entry Prohibited Areas, as shown on the chart, and pass through one of the Approach Reporting Points before proceeding to the pilot boarding position (32°56.3 N 013°13.4 E).
Approach Leading Lights: Front light (red and white triangle point up) (32°54.4 N 013°13.7 E) Rear light (red and white triangle point down) (130m from front light). From the vicinity of the pilot boarding position the alignment (175°) of these lights leads S for 1nm through a channel, dredged to a depth of 11.5m over a width of 150m, across Caliuscia Bank, passing (with position from the front light): E of No 1 Light Beacon (green single pile beacon, pivoted at base) (1.75nm N), and: W of No 2 Light Beacon (red single pile beacon, pivoted at base) (1.75nm N), then: W of a dangerous wreck (1.5nm N) on the detached part of Caliuscia Bank, then: E of E edge of Caliuscia Bank (1.25nm NNW), marked by No 3 Lightbuoy (starboard hand). In strong N winds the sea breaks on the bank. Then from a position 0.15nm NW of No 4 Light Beacon (1nm N) alter course onto the following
Leading line: Entry leading lights: Front light (column) (32°53.7 N 013°10.9 E) Rear light (mast on building) (300m from front light). The alignment (233°) of these lights leads 1.75nm SW in the channel through to the inner harbour, passing between the heads of NE Breakwater and NW Breakwater, 150m wide into the outer harbour, and between the heads of the moles to the inner harbour. Pilot: Compulsory and available 0600-1800hrs. Pilot boards 0.5nm N of the harbour entrance. The pilot boat is a grey launch with a yellow funnel.
Anchorages: The anchorage area for vessels awaiting a berth lies approx 1.75nm N of Tarabulus Light (32°54.2 N 013°10.6 E), the holding ground is reported to be good. Tidal range and flow: N ly winds sometimes raise the level of the water by as much as 0.9m. During February and March the mean level may fall 0.5m below normal.
Currents: Off the port the current is usually ESE going at a rate of about 0.5kt, but occasionally, during NE winds which predominate in summer, a WNW going current is experienced. A surface current flowing across, or through, the harbour entrance is associated with the occurrence of the Marrobbio; this current may be very strong, rates of more than 3kts having been observed, and it causes eddies and tide rips near the harbour entrance. It does not flow in one direction for more than 20 or 30 minutes, and then may flow strongly in the opposite direction. The oscillations in tidal level, and the associated tidal streams, gradually diminish. Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N’ly. Mist or haze is common, the latter especially with winds between E and S therefore the coast should be approached with caution. Strong NW winds raise a heavy sea in the harbour entrance. The harbour should not be entered in bad weather.
Charts: BA 248, 3403. Admiralty Pilot NP49, NP286(3. Tugs: There are 7 tugs 500-2,400hp available.

Berths And Cargo
Pier No 1: 300m of berthing space, depths of 12m. Tanker berth.
Pier No 2: 860m of berthing space, depths of 12m. Floating Dock.
Pier No 3: 1000m of berthing space, depths 10 – 12m alongside.
Spanish Quay: 530m of berthing space and Ro-Ro berth.
Karamanli Mole: Oil and Gas berth on inner face. 9.4m alongside.
South side: The S shore of Inner Harbour is all quay space of various depths.

Berth Type
No of Berths
General Goods 25
3442 10
Dry Cargo 1 168 12
Liquid Cargo 1 188 10
Service Berths 8 531 5
Passenger berths 3 420 7.5

Container berths: Facilities are available for the handling of container traffic.
Tanker berth- Karamanli: Length 152m, max LOA 183m, max draught 8.3m. Petroleum products and pressurised LPG. Offshore CBM Berth: Approx 6nm E of the port. Vessels moor using both anchors and secure to mooring buoys, max LOA 195m, depth approx 16.0m, max draught 10.1m. Petroleum products. Facilities: 2 x 300tph conveyors, 4 lattice boom cranes, 3 telescopic boom cranes, 2 floating cranes, 5 container handling forklifts.
Storage: There is 30,000m2 of warehousing and 208,000m2 of open storage available.

Repairs: Available.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available by barge.
Bunkering: Available alongside and barge.
Medical facilities: Medical facilities are available.
Nearest airport: Tripoli International Airport (32km Public holidays: Mar 8, May 25, Jun 11, Jul 23, Sep 1 and Oct 7.
Variable dates: El Mouloud El Nabawi, Aid el Fitr, Aid el Adha.
Working hours: Normally 0800-1200hrs and 1300-1700hrs. Overtime 2000-2400hrs and 0100-0700hrs.
Developments: A new outer harbour is to be built, which will provide over 4,000m of quayage, depth alongside 12.0m