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Location

The Port of Beirut is situated within a longitude of 35 31'E and a latitude of 33 54'N. It is strategically located on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean Sea. Being at the crossroads between Africa, Asia and Europe, it serves leading Mediterranean and Middle Eastern economies and acts as a gateway into the Middle Eastern hinterland, including Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

History

The Port of Beirut has been cited since the fifteenth century B.C. in letters between the Pharaohs and the Phoenicians. During the Roman era, it developed into a commercial and economic hub and also became the center for the first Arabic fleet during the Omayyad Era.

During the Crusades, the Port of Beirut had an important role in the maritime trade between East and West, which was fortified in the Mameluke Era when the Port was turned into a commercial center visited by pilgrims of the Holy Lands.

By the end of the 19th century, the Port of Beirut became the country’s largest and main seaport.

On June 19, 1887, the ruling Ottoman authority gave the concession of the Port to a company under the name of "Compagnie du Port, des Quais et des Entrepôts de Beyrouth" which undertook the construction of a maritime dam to expand and develop the Port.

On April 13, 1960, the company's name was amended and a 30-year concession was given to a Lebanese company called "Compagnie de Gestion et d'Exploitation du Port de Beyrouth", that worked on expanding Quay 3 and the breakwater, as well as completing quay 14. On December 12, 1990, the concession ended and the government formed a temporary committee to manage the Port of Beirut.

Since the end of the Lebanese Civil War, the Port has been going through a major reconstruction phase. This was done through the investment in new infrastructure aimed at increasing shipping services by marketing new and updated facilities.

In the year 2000, the new Port Authority, Gestion et Exploitation du Port de Beyrouth (GEPB), built the new $150 million container terminal. The Terminal has a 600m - length berth (Quay 16), a draught of 15.5m, and a backup area of 23 hectares. It's also equipped with a wide range of container handling equipment such as Ship-to-Shore Gantry Cranes (STS), Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes (RTG), Reach Stackers and Empty Handlers. Quay 15, an adjacent berth to quay 16, is intensively used for berthing smaller vessels in order to maximize the Terminal’s usage.



Infrastructure

 QUAY  LENGTH  DRAFT 
16 West600m15.5m
16 East500m16.5m

Quay 16 water basin area: 200,000m2 with 550m detached breakwater.

All quays are equipped with water outlets for ship services.