Said is an artificial harbor formed by two concrete breakwaters which
extend seaward from the low sandy coast. The old approach channel to the
Suez Canal forms the channel to Port Said. The city of Port Said is on the
west side of the harbor, and the large suburb of Port Fouard is on the
east side. There are a number of basins adjacent to the main channel which
contain mooring buoys. The outer basin and Ismail basin provide the
deepest draft. Navy vessels typically moor inside the breakwaters. A
series of 4 mooring buoys are used to anchor each ship, generally two
forward and two aft. There are no pier side berths available to navy ships
and there is no designated fleet landing.
are two large anchorage areas northwest of the entrance to the Suez Canal
and Port Said. They are fully exposed to open seas wind and waves.
Daylight navigation into Port Said is recommended. The approach zones
typically hold a large number of anchored vessels awaiting passage through
the canal, the low coastline provides poor radar return and currents near
the seaward end of the breakwaters tend to be quite variable. Ships are
advised to stay to the windward side of the channel and should not stop in
the outer channel. Pilotage is compulsory. Pilots board at the seaward end
of the breakwater.
The Mediterranean Sea