Port Description
Location: Zueitina is situated approx 130km S of Benghazi.
General overview: Zueitina consists of offshore loading berths for oil tankers and LPG carriers. The main cargoes handled are crude oil, naphtha, butane and propane.The LPG berth, because of it’s location, experiences different weather conditions and may be closed due to swell conditions when the crude berths are open.

Traffic figures: Approx 270 vessels are handled annually. 
Load Line zone: Summer.
Max size: LPG carriers LOA 214m, draught 8.7m and oil tankers up to draught 20m, 275,000DWT can be accommodated.

Pre Arrival Information
ETA’s: Vessels ETA must be advised 72, 48 and 24 hours prior to arrival to “Zueitina Oil Company”, for the attention of the Operations Manager and the Terminal Superintendent, Telex: +901 20130 ZUELY. Vessels must provide the following information through their agents to the authorities with their ETA, on entering Libyan waters:-

  • Point of entry
  • Colour of hull
  • Superstructure colour
  • Course
  • Speed
  • ETA at port
  • Name of port
  • Nationality of crew
  • Ship’s flag
  • Details of quality and cargo grade to be loaded

Documentation required: Documents required include a Standard Crew List, Stores Lists and Declarations. It is most important that the last Certificate of Discharge is on board.
Communications: VHF: Ch 13 and 16, callsign “Zueitina Marine”. LPG control room monitors Ch 12. Once VHF contact has been established, this should be maintained until out of range.
Health regulations: Standard health regulations apply. If, for emergency reasons, a sick person has to be landed, the following information should be passed on as soon as possible:-

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Passport number

Customs and immigration: Vessels are advised to be sure that no alcohol is out of the bond and that there are no goods from Israel on the vessel.
Flags: The courtesy flag and the ship’s national flag must be conspicuously displayed.
Notices of readiness: NOR is given during hours of daylight and when cargo is ready, if the port is open and is within lay days. Also when ships are nominated and loading instructions have been received.
General notices & regulations: Lifeboats should not be worked in the harbour or anchorage area.

Sea buoys, fairways and channels: Approach and entry: From the Approach Reporting Point (32°43 N, 019°06 E) the direct track leads SSE for about 117nm to the pilot boarding place near Fairway Lightbuoy or the large vessel anchorage. However, vessels must keep clear of the Firing Danger Area, shown on the chart, centred 50nm NW of Zueitina. The chart is sufficient guide.
From a position in the vicinity of the Fairway Lightbuoy the approach to the LPG Berth is made on the alignment (135°) of the leading lights. 
Pilot: Compulsory. The Mooring Master boards vessels near the Fairway buoy or within the anchorage area, centred on position 30°55.0’N 020°01.1’E and remains on board throughout the loading operation.
Anchorages: As advised by the Marine Office. Vessels awaiting a berth, anchor approx 1nm SE of the fairway buoy in depths of approx 30m. Holding ground is moderate to poor. During the winter strong NW’ly gales may set up heavy seas and swells, which may make the berths untenable. Prohibited anchorage is in the approaches to the oil loading berths and vessels should not anchor S of Lat 30°54’N.
Tidal range and flow: Range 0.3m.
Dock density: 1026.
Weather: Prevailing winds: N’ly. Squalls with wind speeds of 40kts are reported to occur without warning.
Principal navigation aids: Zueitina oil terminal navigation buoy (Red and white stripes with spherical day mark (30°56’N 020°00’E). Light Fl (Mo”Z”) W 10s. A DF radio station with a range of 100nm, working on 369kHz is available.
Charts: BA 3346, 3402. Admiralty Pilot NP49.
Tugs : There is 1 x 4,600hp tug available. Also mooring launches can assist with berthing.
Mooring information: Ships advised on berthing requirements prior to arrival on VHF Ch 13.

Berths And Cargo
Names/Nos: There is a small craft harbour situated inside the Tre Scogli reef.
Tanker berths: There are 5 offshore crude oil loading berths, one closed and another reported to be closed temporarily. All berths are connected by hoses on the port side of the vessel. Berth
Alpha SPM closed, now marked by navigational buoy Fl (Mo “A”) W 5s Bravo CBM situated approx 2.5nm offshore in depths of approx 20m, max draught 18.2m. Vessels moor heading approx 313°, using both anchors forward and mooring to 5 buoys aft (vessels require a min of 12 shackles on each anchor). Loading takes place through a submarine pipeline (42in diameter) and 2 x 12in hoses. Loading rate 5,700tph crude each. Charlie SPM approx 3nm offshore in depths of approx 30m, max draught 20m, 275,000DWT. Served by a 48in CALM submarine pipeline and 1 x 12in hose, loading rate 5,080tph crude. Delta CBM situated approx 2.5nm offshore in depths of approx 20m, max draught 18.2m, 110,000DWT. Vessels moor, heading approx 313° using both anchors forward and mooring to 5 buoys aft (vessels require a min of 11 shackles on each anchor). Served by a 42in submarine pipeline with loading taking place through 1 x 12in hose. Loading rate 3,180tph. Dedicated “Naphtha” berth. Echo SPM situated approx 3nm offshore in depths of approx 25m, max 150,000DWT. Served by a 42in CALM submarine pipeline, loading taking place through 1 x 12in hose. Loading rate 5,80tph. Temporarily closed, header marked by navigational buoy Fl (Mo “E”) W 5secs.
LPG Terminal: Situated inside the Tre Scogli reef, SSW of the small craft harbour. The berth consists of a trestle projecting from the end of the small craft harbour sea wall, at the end of which is a loading platform with a breasting dolphin on each side. There are 6 mooring dolphins provided, vessels berth starboard side to, using the port anchor. Vessels up to LOA 214m and max draught 8.7m can be accommodated having a cargo capacity of approx 32,000m3. Loading takes place through a single loading line at a rate of around 1,100tph. 
Barges: There are no barges available.
Ballast/slop reception: All ships must have clean ballast, only SBT ballast is permitted.
Security: Security is generally good.
Safety: A ship to shore safety check list is to be completed before cargo operations, also vessels are required to be able to move off a berth under ships power in the event of an emergency or when required.

Repairs: There are no repair facilities available.
Docking facilities: No docking facilities available.
Bunkers/water/stores: Bunkering: Not available.
Stores: Available but in limited quantities.
Medical facilities: Only emergency medical facilities are available.
Transport: Nearest airport: Benghazi.
Crew change: Crew change is not recommended.
Consuls: All Consular business at Tripoli.
Banks: There are no banks available.
Public holidays: Leilat al Meiraj, Eid al Fitr, British Evacuation Day, Eid al Adha, Islamic New Year, Evacuation Day, Ashoura, Mouloud, Revolution Day, Evacuation Day and Leilat al Meiraj.
Working hours: Throughout 24 hours.
Surveyors: Cargo surveyors available, though prior notice is required.
Recreation: There are no facilities available.
Garbage: All garbage must be kept on board.
Officials and visitors: No person is allowed on board the ship without being cleared by customs and immigration first.
Fumigation: Not available.
Pollution: Liable to heavy fines and delays.