General info:

Port Authority : Port Authority of Sudan
Address : PO Box 531
State : Sudan
Town : Port Sudan
Country : Sudan – SUD
Phone : +249 311 22061
Fax : +249 311 22258
Telex : 70012
Country time zone : +2
Port time zone : GMT +2
Current status : Port Open

Port Location and Contacts
Country Sudan
Province or District Red Sea State
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km) Name : Port Sudan

km: n/a

Port’s Complete Name Port Sudan
Latitude 19.61583
Longitude 27.22444
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation) Sea Ports Corporation, PO Box 531, Port Sudan Quays, Port Sudan, Sudan. Tel: +249 912 308 514, Fax: + 249 311 839 365 Web:
Management Contact Person Jalel El-Deen, General Manager, Email:
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a


Port Sudan’s Berth 16, handles roll-on/roll-off cargoes and tankers with a 128 metre long berthing position with alongside depth of 10.7 metres.

The South quay has two container and a tanker berths of 426.8 metres with the alongside depth of 12.6 metre.

The port of Port of Sudan is linked by road to Khartoum, El Obied, the Darfur states, Kasala, Kosti and main cities in Sudan (see section 3.3 Road Assessment).

The rail link from the links the Port to El Obeid, Khartoum, Kasala and Nyala are some of the strategic distribution hubs..A rail line links the port to the river Nile at Rabak and to various destinations through to Juba in the South using the Nile River barges (see section 3.5 Railway assessment).

The harbour is in the mouth of a gulf continuing seawards through a coral free channel, depth between 18 and 26 metres.

British Admaralty ‘Chart BA 82 – Approaches to Port Sudan’ refers.

Port Sudan harbour consists of:

  • The North Port, which is the oldest port, consisting of 14 berths with depths between 8 metres and 10.7 metres allocated for general cargo, bulk liquids, and dry bulk handling.
  • The South Port consists of 6 berths, berth 15 for the handling of grains and general cargo, berths 13 through to 18 for containerized traffic.
  • The Green Port consists of 4 berths with a total length of 548 metres and a depth of 14.6 metres, and services dry bulk cargo and is able to accommodate vessels up to 50,000 DWT.
  • The Elkhair (Dama Dama) oil terminal can receive tankers up to 50,000 DWT with a draft of 14.5 metres.

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Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth Quantity Length (m) Maximum Draft (m)
Conventional Berth 9 1,556 8.5 to 10.7
Container Berth 5 933 12.6 draft
Silo Berth n/a n/a n/a
Berthing Tugs 6
Water Barges 14 – 40m capacity

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type Berth Identification
Imports – Bagged Cargo 1-14 and 15
Exports – Bagged Cargo 1-14 and 15
Imports and Exports – RoRo 16
Other Imports A suitable berth will be allocated based on cargo characteristics, vessels configuration, and draft and wharf side space required.

Port Handling Equipment

The Port handling equipment is generally is good condition. The fixed general cargo ‘Luffing’ cranes with a capacity between 5 and 15 mt are in a poor condition.

Vessels stemmed to load and / or discharge bulk. General cargoes over the quay must be ‘geared’, a prerequisite by Port Sudan’s management.

Equipment Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
Dockside Crane n/a n/a n/a
Container Gantries Yes 8 8-15mt
Mobile Cranes Yes 15 3x 35mt; 5x 50mt; 6x 40-70mt; 1x 100mt
Reachstacker Yes 40 28x 35mt; 12x 8mt
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer) Yes 10 15mt
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines n/a n/a n/a
Transtrainer n/a n/a n/a
Forklifts Yes 49 27x 15mt; 21x 3mt; 1x 10mt

Container Facilities

Reefer slots are available; in the past years the average number of reefer units that have passed through the Port Sudan averaged 300 TEUs per annum. Reefer capability was not surveyed and/or linked to the cold chain.

Facilities 20 ft 40 ft
Container Facilities Available Yes Yes
Container Freight Station (CFS) Yes, within the container terminal Yes, within the container terminal
Refrigerated Container Stations Yes Yes
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day) 250-300 TEUs per day
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points) 266++
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication) n/a
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift) n/a n/a

Multipurpose Terminal

The Multi-purpose container, subject to the vessels general configuration and draft, is able to handle all types of cargo. The off take and/or delivery to / from Ship’s side require pre- planning to negate delays.

The shore luffing cranes (capacity 5-15mt) are said to be in fairly poor mechanical repair, thus the Port Authorities require that vessels calling at Port Sudan are suitably geared with cranes and /or derricks. Shore winch men are available.

Grain and Bulk Handling

There are two facilities within the port area:

Sayga Investments in North Port:

Sayga Investments have silos in the port area with a capacity 170,000 mt, situated within 2 km of the berth. The methods to discharge bulk is with grabs or vacuvators to Hoppers, and then load to 16 allocated dump-bulk road trucks and transport 2 km, to the silos and deliver through the bulk intake. The daily rate is said to average 12000 mt per WWD using Ship’s gear with four gangs.

The facility has bagging lines, with an under covered area to load to road transport. The daily bagging rate basis 16 working hours is said to be 2,000 mt.

Rail facilities for the receipt and dispatch of bulk and bagged agricultural products are situated with the structure.

Discharge and  storage facility in the South Port area Berth 15:

Berth 15 situated at the South Port within the container terminal. The facility is owned by the Agriculture Bank of Sudan, built in 1976 by Russia, said to have a capacity of 50,000 tons in 120 bins served by 4 elevators, prime purpose for the facility was for the export of sorghum.

Ship to shore pneumatic ship handler capable of handling 200 tons per hour.

In 2012 the facility handled 2 vessels, a 15,000 ton Australian wheat import and 20,000 sorghum export.

Bagging facilities are inadequate with no dedicated bagging facilities.

The complex has a rail siding.

Update: Unknown | Source: Logistics Cluster

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Port tariffs:

Available in PDFs. Will be updated on 15 April

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Port statistics:

Last update 2014 in local language

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Containers info