Yanbu Commercial Port is located on the East coast of Red Sea approximately 460 nautical miles South of Suez Canal and 168 nautical miles North-West of Jeddah. It is a natural harbour sheltered by the mainland to the North and East and by coral reefs to the South and South-East. It is reached by a mile long channel.
The seaward boundaries of Yanbu Commercial Port
These port limits are shown on Saudi Port Authority Chart nos. 17 and 171.
All marine activities including ship-movements in the port are monitored and controlled by the "Yanbu Commercial Port Control" situated at a position Latitude 24° 05' N Longitude 38° 03' E. This station also provides a liaison with the terminal operators and emergency services.
Yanbu Commercial Port is the nearest major Saudi seaport to Europe and North America and is the focal point of the most rapidly growing area on the Red Sea. Traditionally it has served as the nearest gateway for seaborne pilgrims bound for the holy city of Madinah. Port expansion in 1979 increased the capacity to nine berths with modern facilities and equipment. It can handle in excess of 3 million tonnes of cargo per year.
Yanbu Commercial Port played a major role in development of many refineries and project plants by handling huge quantities of general cargo, project cargo, heavy lifts, containers and various construction material (including bulk cement / clinker) in the early years. Today export of bulk cement and clinker is handled at this port.
Millions of tons of bulk-barley is regularly handled at this port for onward distribution to various parts of the country. It also caters to the requirement of the Industrial city of Yanbu 20 kms south of this port through import handling of bulk Rutile, Petcoke, project cargo etc. As a major trading partner this port also contributes towards the social and economic development of the Yanbu community.
Yanbu Commercial Port is suitable for handling different types of ships including General cargo, Ro – Ro, passenger ships, bulk-cargo etc. The mile-long entry channel is over 200 mtrs wide and ships with beam upto 50 m and LOA of 260 m can safely navigate through this port. Currently the port is accessible to ships of upto 10.36 m draught.
Very soon the terminal operator would undertake dredging operations of the harbour to increase the depth to upto 12 m. Some of the large vessels that have called at this port are m.v. Mega Brook (29.5.1995) with LOA : 267.58m / Beam : 39m / DWT : 123000. ; m.v. Exempler LOA: 265.57m / Beam : 40.4m / DWT : 122760 .
Yanbu Commercial Port is designed and equipped to handle a wide range of cargo-mix including general cargo, Ro-Ro cargo, containers (on conventional vessels), bulk cargo and passenger traffic.