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Misurata

Port Description
Location: Qasr Ahmed (Misurata Port) is situated approx 250km E of Tripoli.
Traffic figures: Approximately 290 vessels visit the port annually.
Load Line zone: Summer.
Max size: Tankers up to 30,000dwt, draught 11m can be accommodated.

General overview: Qasr Ahmed is a commercial port serving the town of Misurata and the industrial area close S which includes a steelworks and a power station. It has facilities for handling dry bulk, petroleum, Ro-Ro, container and general cargoes. The main cargoes handled include iron ore, grain, construction materials, livestock, machinery and petroleum products. All berths are well fendered with adequate mooring facilities.

Pre Arrival Information
ETA’s: Vessels should send ETA 12 hours prior to arrival.
Communications: VHF: “Tarabulus Radio” callsign “5AT” on Ch 16.

Navigation
Sea buoys, fairways and channels: The main harbour is formed by two breakwaters enclosing the harbour area. The N breakwater extends 0.7nm E from ras al Barq and the broad E breakwater extends 1nm N from the shore. The entrance is approx 180m wide. From a position about 1nm E of the entrance the alignment of the leading lights 270°: Front light; white triangle point up, red band (32°22.3’N 015°12.7’E), Rear light; white triangle point down, red band, (500m from front light) leads into the harbour through the centre of the channel. 
Approach and entry: The port is approached through the Approach Reporting Point (32°34 N 015°16 E) and entered through dredged channels of 13m, on the alignment of leading lights. For details of Approach Reporting Points see General Marine Information. 
Pilot: Compulsory, the pilot boarding position is approximately 1nm off the harbour entrance. Pilots are available from 0800-2000hrs, except on Friday. The pilot boat is grey with white upperworks.
Anchorages: The anchorage area for vessels awaiting a berth is within 1.5nm of 32°23’N 015°18’E, approx 5nm ENE of Ras al Barq Light in charted depths of 25-37m. The holding ground is poor and it is therefore advisable to leave the anchorage at the first sign of the approach of bad weather. Prohibited anchorage: Anchorage is prohibited within 2nm of the harbour. Tidal range and flow: Range 0.5m.
Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N’ly.
Principal navigation aids: Landmarks: (Positioned from Ras al Barg Light): Ras al Barg Light (white metal framework tower on square tower, black stripes, 8m in height) (32°22.2 N 015°12.7 E)). Three chimneys (red lights) (2.5nm SSE. Charts: BA 3402. Admiralty Pilot NP49, NP286(3). Tugs: There are 5 tugs up to 2,400hp available.

Berths And Cargo
Names/Nos: General cargo/Bulk berths: In the south part of the harbour is about 3000m of berth space, in two basins, with a least depth of 11m alongside.

Berth Type No of Berths Length(m) Depth(m)
General Goods 16 1920 11
Dry Cargo 1 184 11
Service Berths 5 250 5
Container Berths 4 736 11
Ro-Ro Berths 2 400 11

Ro-Ro berths: There are 2 berths in the S port area used for Ro-Ro traffic. The berths are 200m in length, with a depth alongside of 11.0m.
Tanker berth: A ‘T’ shaped pier, in the NW corner of the harbour with a depth of 12m alongside, used for discharging oil products.
Steelworks harbour: There is a bulk berth on the inside of the N breakwater with a length of 350m and a reported depth of 15m.
Facilities: 1 x 300tph conveyor system. 9 x 120tph conveyors. 4 lattice boom cranes, 2 telescopic boom cranes and 5 container handling fork lifts. 1 floating crane.
Storage: There is 24,400m2 of covered storage and 444,500m2 of open storage area available. The grain berth is provided with a silo of capacity 40,000t.

General
Repairs: Minor repairs may be undertaken.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available via 2 water barges.
Medical facilities: Medical facilities are available.
Transport: Nearest airport: Tripoli International Airport (250km).
Public holidays: Mar 8, May 25, Jun 11, Jul 23, Sep 1 and Oct 7.
Variable dates: El Mouled el Nabawi, Aid el Fitr, Aid el Adha & Higri New Year. Fri is a weekly port holiday. Working hours: Normally 0800-1200hrs and 1300-1700hrs. Overtime 2000-2400hrs and 0100-0700hrs.