Port Said  


Port 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.

There 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.





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