Tartous, Syria Basic Port Info



Security level of Tartous terminal : 1

PSOF name                          : Hasan Khahl

Contact details                    : Tel    - 00 963 43 214-753

                                     Mobile - 00 963 93 264-121

                                     Fax    - 00 963 43 315-602

Location: 34 57 00 N 35 49 45 E

Admiralty Chart No.: 1036

Anchorage: LAT 34 57’00’’ LONG 35 49’45’’ or 1.3 miles South/West of berth No.2

LMT = GMT + 2 Hours in

Corridor leading to terminal:

Vessel bound for Tartous terminal should use the following leading corridor otherwise they face severe fines:

   a) 34 59 00 N - 35 50 00 E

   b) 34 59 00 N - 35 52 36 E

   c) 34 56 24 N - 35 38 36 E

   d) 34 56 24 N - 35 38 00 E

   e) 34 54 24 N - 35 37 48 E

   f) 34 54 24 N - 35 51 12 E

Pilots board the vessels at anchorage area and hand over to Master all information; they will remain onboard until departure and act as Loading Master.

Notice of Readiness:


Time of N.O.R. arrived tendered will be considered when you arrive in the very near vicinity of the above anchorage area, where the Mooring Master who is Company’s representative will board and receive your ship and remain onboard throughout the entire operation.

Seabuoy terminal

Berthing daytime only

There are no dirty balalst/slop facilities.

There are 2 berths (numbered from North to South) as follow:

Berth   cargo         max DWT max LOA max draft   hose conn  min SWL  Average

                      min DWT min LOA winter/summ            of derr  loading

-----  ------------- -------------- -----------   ---------  -------  --------

1      Crude         115,000 915 ft    52 ft    2 x 12’’   7.5 T    4,000 T/h

2      Crude         115,000 915 ft    52 ft    2 x 12’’   7.5 T    5,000 T/h

After all fast require 1-2 hours in order to connect 2 hoses. Hoses connection amidships Port Side.

Backpressure allowed not more than 7kg/cm2.

- No delay expected during loading etc (continuous loading operation)

   subject fine weather.

Loading is by gravity and loading rate depends on height of tank and level of oil. All strings of hoses are fitted with 12’’ butterfly valves.

MSDS is not available for the cargo to be loaded, and we know from our experience the high percentage of H2S which is considered dangerous during loading/discharging.

Surveyor and terminal will ask for the last 10 previous shipments for checking the cargo experince factor, the Master should ask the pilot or terminal representative to provide him with cargo data sheet in case same is not available.




- Unmooring is carried out ROUND THE CLOCK

- As berths are not protected by break-watrers, delays might be

   encountered for berthing due to bad weather.


Pilot ladder:


- Combination of accomodation and Pilot ladder to be rigged, accomodation

   ladder to be lowered within 12 feet of water. Pilot ladder to be placed close

   abaft and down to within 3 feet of water.

No tugs are used, vsl’s gangway to be used as terminal sea berth is located in openstead sea, any how, pilot will contact Master before boarding to instruct him whether the gangway to be fitted at port of starboard side (depends on wind), practically they combine both accommodation ladder with pilot ladder.

Pilotage :


Pilot baords the vessel between 07:00 and 16:00 at anchorage area, and stays onboard until departure as Loading Master.

A good cabin should be allocated for the Pilot for his accomodation.

We recommend that the accomodation and facilities which will be allocated to the Pilot be very good and is shown to him soon as he boards, which will lead to good relations for smooth operations.

Safety of Mooring:


- On completion of moooring operation vessel must have not less than 7 1/2

   shackless of anchor chain in the water.

   Tartous is an open roadstead consquently sudden changes in weather can be

   experienced especially during the winter months.

   Experienced many of emergency depart from berths due to above reason; while

   mooring ropes were broken and still remained at berth. Therefore, enough

   ropes should be obtainable onboard for re-mooring.



- 6 x 200 meters mooring lines

- 6 rope stoppers for use with 4 in. 5.30 in. circ. mooring wire.

Mooring Lines :


Steel wires are not accepted. Polypropylene or Manila lines should be used.

Mooring layout:


Mooring will be done to Seabuoys as under:

FDW - 2 X 120 fathom mooring lines

       2 rope stoppers

       1 wire stopper

AFT - 4 X 120 fathom mooring lines

       4 rope stoppers

       2 wire stoppers

Boat ropes:


- To be rigged on either side of ship and of not less than 4 1/2 inc. circ.

Derricks and cranes:


- S.W.L. of 10 tons is recommended. It must be capable of plumbing overside

   abreast of Loading Manifold.

- Hose connections are midship portside.

- Hose hang off bits are required at about 10 ft from ship’s rail to

   secure the submarine hoses.

Authorities board vsl with pilot so no time is lost, and documents will be delivered to vessel before leaving berth.



Vessels are cleared upon berthing, unless there is a reason to clear them while

at anchor, for reason such as: Medical attendance, bunkering, embarking/disembarking, provisions, etc.,

Bunkering: N/A


Ballast: No facilities available for disposal of slop and/or dirty ballast.


- Vessels must imperatively arrive with clean ballast.

- If vessel has contaminated ballast, same must be kept onboard at

   a seperate tank.

- N.O.R. will be accepted until clean ballast which is to be pumped

   overboard to sea is seperated from the dirty ballast.

- Berths being open at roadsteds, and as sudden changes experienced

   especially in winter, vessels are requested to keep the ballast onboard

   at a minimum for safe manouvering. It is also preferable to commence

   loading immediately upon connecting hoses, simultaneously with

   debalasting provided with no danger of contamination.





Enclosed you will find the PDF file dated September 28, 2009 of Shipco in regards to an important warning from Tartous Harbour Master, text of which please find below:

The departure of tankers which enter Tartous port must be done after its leaving berth and pilot disembarking and the embarking and disembarking must not be done until captains’ doing a maneuvering to form a calm area in anchorage area and implementing of our circular 399/m.b.

All captains must cooperate to authorities and don’t  obstruct their works or we will implement the article /40/ item /1/ from the law 46/2006.

The person who makes obstacles for the committee of checking on board, he will have a fine for one month at prison and to pay the amount of S.P. 250.000 ($ 5.000 USD.)

Garbage removal: N/A


Ships chandling: Is possible, however not allowed when vessel at berth.


Nor bunkering neither Free zone stores available, but can supply provisions, ship’s mail, embarkation and/or disembarkation (in this case crew must stay in hotel till transit visa is authorized from Damascus 24-36 hours)

- Shore leave is not possible.

Master to prepare the following documents:

6 crew lists

2 store lists

1 health maritime declaration

1 list of port calls for last 15 voyages

1 copy port clearance

1 declaration of cash on board

1 crew personal effect list

Log book covering at least one year ago

Ship’s certificates to be handed over to Harbour Master which will be delivered back upon departure with the clearance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require.

Best regards

Boutros Maritime & Transports

Ship Agents since 1880

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