Romanian Ports

Constanta

The Port of Constanta is located at the crossroads of the trade routes linking the markets of the landlocked countries from Central and Eastern Europe with the Transcaucasia, Central Asia and the Far East. It is the main Romanian port and it ranks among the first 10 European ports. The favorable geographical position and the importance of the Port of Constanta is emphasized by the connection with two Pan-European Transport Corridors: Corridor VII – Danube (inland waterway) and Corridor IV (rail-road). The two satellite ports Midia and Mangalia that are located not far from Constanta Port are part of the Romanian maritime port system under the Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta coordination.

The Port of Constanta is one of the main distribution centers for the Central and Eastern Europe, offering many advantages, of which mention must be made of:

– Multi-purpose port with modern facilities and sufficient water depths in the port basins to accommodate the largest vessels passing through the Suez Canal;

– Direct access to the Central and Eastern European countries through the Pan-European Corridor VII – the Danube;

– A hub for the container traffic in the Black Sea;

– Good connections with all modes of transport: railway, road, river, airway and pipelines;

– Customs facilitations for commercial operations performed through the Port of Constanta;

– Modern facilities for passenger vessels;

– Land availability for future expansion;

– Since 1st January 2007, the Port of Constanta has become Free Zone.

Maritime Port

The Port of Constanta is located on the Western coast of the Black Sea, at 179 nM from the Bosphorus Strait and 85 nM from the Sulina Branch, through which the Danube flows into the sea. It covers 3,926 ha of which 1,313 ha is land and the rest of 2,613 ha is water. The two breakwaters located northwards and southwards shelter the port creating the safest conditions for port activities. The present length of the North breakwater is 8,344 m and the South breakwater is 5,560 m. Constanta Port has a handling capacity of over 100 million tons per year and 156 berths, of which 140 berths are operational. The total quay length is 29.83 km, and the depths range between 8 and 19 meters.

These characteristics are comparable with those offered by the most important European and international ports, allowing the accommodation of tankers with capacity of 165,000 dwt and bulk carriers of 220,000 dwt.

Currently, there are several projects in progress, in order to build new facilities for cargo handling and to improve the transport connections between Constanta Port and its hinterland. These projects are mainly located in the South part of the port

River Port

Constanta Port is both a maritime and a river port. Daily, more than 200 river vessels are in the port for cargo loading or unloading or waiting to be operated. Facilities offered by the port allow accommodation of any type of river vessel.

The connection of the port with the Danube River is made through the Danube-Black Sea Canal, which represents one of the main strengths of Constanta Port. Due to low costs and important cargo volumes that can be carried, the Danube is one of the most advantageous modes of transport, an efficient alternative to the European rail and road congested transport.

Important cargo quantities are carried by river, between Constanta and Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Germany. River traffic is very important for Constanta Port.

Touristic Port – Tomis Marina

Tomis marina is integrated in a harmonious manner with the architectural design of Constanta city and it represents a prolongation of the Casino cliff and a balanced transition to the city beach. Access from the city to the port can be easily made by vehicles and on foot. A series of touristic objectives of great interest can be found close to the Tomis marina: the Ovidiu Square bearing the name of the Roman poet Ovid, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Mosaic with ancient relics of old Tomis, the Aquarium, the Genovese Lighthouse, the Casino.

Due to its favorable location and present infrastructure, Tomis marina has a high potential for nautical tourism, sporting activities and entertainment, representing a shelter for sport sail ships. The capacity of the port allows the arrangement of sporting activities such as boat races.

At present Port Administration is developing an investment project regarding the modernization of Tomis marina, having in view the rehabilitation and extension of the breakwaters to create a safer port and also increase its functionality and services.

Tomis marina is to become an important destination for coastal pleasure boats sailing along the Romanian sea shore with calls at Eforie, Costinesti, Neptun, Mangalia or northwards Mamaia and Midia.

Port limits:

As the commercial limits, the port of Constanta is confined by the North and South breakwaters.

Traffic Separation Zone (TSS):

The traffic separation scheme for arriving into and departing from the port is as follows:

1. The separation zone has the following limits:

44°04.75’N 028°43.77’E

44°04.44’N 028°43.22’E

43°59.40’N 028°48.60’E

43°59.70’N 028°49.17’E

2. The entrance channel into the port has the general direction NW, True course is 322°

44°00.19’N 028°50.04’E

44°05.24’N 028°44.65’E

3. The departure channel from the port has the general direction SE, True course is 142°

44°03.96’N 028°42.35’E

43°58.90’N 028°47.74’E.

 

The observance of 1972 COLREG is compulsory. The length of the navigational channel is 6.4 Nm, depth is 21 m. The breadth of the navigational channel is 0.8 Nm.

The width of the separation zone is 0.5 Nm.

Pilotage: Compulsory for all vessels, except navy vessels, vessels used in public service, vessel for maintenance or for the control and surveillance of navigation, intervention vessels, training, hospital and pleasure vessels. Pilotage is compulsory for berthing, unberthing, shifting and is available 24 hours / day.

The vessel’s Master has to contact Constanta VTS / VHF Ch 67 at the entrance into the jurisdiction zone (12 Nm radius from position: 44°10.20’N 028°39.60’E).

Pilot can be contacted in VHF Ch 14. The language used is English. The compulsory zone for embarking/disembarking of pilot is:

In fair weather (the wind force up to 4): within the circle with a radius of 0.5 Nm from position: 44°05.06’N 028°43.06’E.

In bad weather (over force 4) near the position 44°06.24’N 028°42.30’E.

Density: 1014

Weather: Prevailing winds: beginning with October and all winter, there are strong northerly winds (up to 9 to 10 Beaufort).

In the summer time, variable winds, sometimes rainfalls.

Maritime signaling system:

The Romanian maritime ports are provided with a modern maritime signaling system: light buoys and radar reflectors.

Navigation reference points:

Location Port Constantza

Characteristics Range(nm) Structure/Height (m)
Constanta Main Light

44°09′.5N
028°37′.9E

FI (2) W 29 8s 24 White pyramidal concrete tower with blue cupola (58)
Light NE Breakwater
44°08’6N
028°40’5E
FI W 4 5s 10 Grey granite tower (18)

 

Charts: BA 2284. Admiralty Pilot NP19

The traffic plans:

The master of the vessel is obliged to be in permanent contact with Constanta VTS (VHF Ch 67), starting from the vessel’s entrance into the jurisdiction zone,
at anchor also. Entering/leaving in/from the port and also the manoeuvres inside the anchorage zone will be made with the approval of the Constanta VTS only.

Radar: Radar surveillance is permanently performed by Constanta VTS on 12 Nm radius area.

Restrictions: Entrance to the port during night-time is forbidden for tankers with a draft over 11 m.

Tug assistance is compulsory for any vessel over 1,000 NRT.

Search and rescue (SAR): In the Romanian ports zone on the Black Sea the SAR operations are provided by ARSVOM (Romanian Association for the rescue
of human life at sea – Constanta), with two tugs: ”Hercules” (6.600 hp) and ”Viteazul” (2.400 hp), and also, 11 SAR launches.

Anchorage: The roadstead of Constanta is limited by the following co-ordinates:

44°10.50’N 028°44.00’E
44°10.50’N 028°49.50’E
44°06.50’N 028°49.50’E
44°06.50’N 028°44.00’E.

The meridians of 028°46.7’E and 028°48.2’E divide the anchorage into 3 zones, numbered from West to East:

Zone 1: Anchorage for vessels up to 40,000 GRT (except tankers)

Zone 2: Anchorage for vessels over 40,000GRT (except tankers)

Zone 3: Anchorage for tankers, LPG carriers and vessels carrying dangerous cargoes

 

The roadstead allows safe anchorage, with depths of 25-30m for 40 to 50 large ships, with the possibility to make a full swing in case of change of wind or current direction. In bad weather, small vessels may enter the port waters with the approval of the Constanta VTS only.

Tide: Tidal variations are insignificant. In case of strong and persistent winds, high tide may be 0.5 m above the reference. The drifts direction is form North to South at a speed of more or less 1 knot.

General Information for all vessels:

  1. ETA / ETD;
  2. Vessel’s name / former names/ call sign / flag;
  3. IMO number / MMSI number;
  4. Type of vessel / year of built;
  5. GRT, NRT, DWT, LOA, breadth;
  6. Maximum draft, arrival draft, intended departure draft;
  7. Owner’s / Operator’s / Charterer’s name and address;
  8. Agent’s name and address;
  9. Master’s full name;
  10. Number of crew (including master) / number of passengers;
  11. Purpose of call;
  12. Last port of call / next port of destination;
  13. Cargo on board, cargo to be discharged / loaded, quantities / hatch distribution. (if dangerous cargo, UN number / class in accordance with IMDG or IBC, BCH, IGC, INF Code must be specified);
  14. Quantity of ballast to be discharged and provenance;
  15. Capacity of sludge / bilge tanks, Quantity of sludge / bilge;
  16. Ship’s statutory certificates expired on arrival;
  17. Validity of ISM certificates (DOC, SMC);
  18. Date and place of last PSC report;
  19. Any deficiency of hull machinery or equipment wich may affect safe manoeuvrability of the vessel, affect the safety of the other vessels, constitute an hazard to the marine environment, to person or property;

Supplementary information for tankers only

  1. Whether gas free or in an inert condition;
  2. Validity of Civil liability Certificate (for tankers of more than 2,000 dwt.);
  3. Quantity of segregated / clean / dirty ballast on board;
  4. Quantity of ballast to be delivered ashore;
  5. Capacity / quantity of slop tanks;
  6. COW time, if to be performed

Required documents

On vessel’s arrival/departure, the port authorities require the following IMO standard FAL documents:

  • 5 (copies) IMO General Declaration,
  • 5 (copies) IMO Cargo Declaration
  • 3 (copies) Ship’s Stores List
  • 2 (copies) Crew Effects Declaration
  • 5 (copies) Crew List
  • 5 (copies) Passenger List
  • 2 (copies) Cargo Plan
  • 1 (copy) Maritime Declaration of Health
  • 1 (copy) Derat Certificate, Derat Exemption Certificate
  • 1 (copy) Phytosanitary Declaration
  • 2 (copies)Sanitary-Veterinary Declaration (in case of vessel carry perishable and agricultural cargo, live animals etc.)

The FAL documents will be dated and signed by Master, authorized Agent or Officer. In addition to the above, the following documents have to be available on board:

 

1. For all ships:

  • Certificate of Registry
  • International Tonnage Certificate
  • International Load Line Certificate
  • International Load Line Exemption Certificate
  • Stability Information for Passenger Ships and Cargo Ships
  • Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
  • Certificate for Masters, Officers and Ratings
  • International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate:
    • Record of Construction and Equipment for Ships other than Tankers
    • Record of Construction and Equipment for Oil Tankers
    • Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan
    • Document of Compliance (copy)
    • Safety Management Certificate

2. In addition to the requirements in the section 1, the passenger ships must have on board:

  • Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
  • Record of Equipment for the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
  • Exemption Certificate
  • Special Trade Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
  • Special Trade Passenger Ship Space Certificate

3. In addition to the certificates mentioned in the section 1, the cargo ships must have on board:

  • Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
  • Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate
  • Record of Equipment for the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate
  • Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate
  • Record of Equipment for the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate
  • Exemption Certificate
  • Document of Compliance with the Special Requirements for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods
  • Dangerous Goods Manifest or Stowage Plan
  • Document of Authorization to Load Grain
  • Certificate of Insurance or Other Financial Security in Respect of Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage

4. In addition to the requirements mentioned in sections 1 and 3, all ships carrying noxious liquid substances must have on board:

  • International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk (NLS Certificate)
  • Cargo Record Book

 

5. In addition to the requirements mentioned in the sections 1 and 3 all tankers for chemical products carriage must have on board:

 

  • Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (or International Certificate of Fitness for Carriage)
  • Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk(or International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk)

 

6. In addition to the requirements mentioned in the sections 1 and 3, all the tankers for liquefied gases carriage must have on board:

  • Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk (or International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk)

7. In addition to requirements mentioned in the sections 1 and 3, all the high speed craft must have on board:

 

  • High Speed Craft Safety Certificate
  • Permit to Operate High Speed Craft

Other Certificates

Special Vessels

  • Special Purpose Ship Safety Certificate
  • Additional Certificate for Offshore Supply Vessels Carrying Limited Quantities of NLS in Bulk

Diving Systems

  • Diving System Safety Certificate

Dynamically Supported Craft

  • Dynamically Supported Craft Permit to Operate

Mobile Offshore Drilling Units

  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Safety Certificate

Noise Survey

  • Noise Survey Report

Note: All the certificates required on board must be original.

 

Working Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 1st shift – 07.00-19.00, the 2nd one 19.00-07.00.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: It is possible to work on these days and the ship’s operation tariffs are negotiable. However the working schedule, the shifts, over-time and rest-time can be different, depending on the port operator, and suggestion is made to contact the local sources for any programming activities.

Public Holidays

  • 1st and 2nd of January
  • Easter holidays (two days)
  • 1st of May
  • Pentecost Day (24th of June)
  • St. Mary’s Day (15th of August)
  • St. Andrew’s Day (30th of November)
  • National Day (1st of December)
  • Christmas holidays (25th and 26th of December)
  • Saturday and Sunday

For Pre arrival forms (Annex 1 – Ship arrival and waste notification, Annex 2 – Notice of ship pre arrival security information and 72 hours Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection) click here for download. Please pass the pre arrival forms min 24 hours before arrival together with IMO crew list.

Owners / Masters Notification
As per EU and Romanian legislation en force, in order to avoid penalities or any other unpleasant situation during port call Owners / master should comply following rules:

1. Owners / Master to send the pre arrival notification (Annex 1, Annex 2, Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection and IMO crew list), at least 24 hours prior arrival the vessel in the port otherwise vessel will not get port entrance approval from port authorities and Harbour Master applies penalities from 250 Euros to 500 Euros.

2. Owners / Master must fill up all necessary / empty spaces in the notifications, otherwise port authorities apply Owners / Master penalities between 250 Euros and 750 Euros.

3. In case requested information regarding Bunkers Convention Certificate are not filled up, Harbour Master might refuse vessel’s entrance in the port.

4. In case vessel has no available Bunker Convention Certificate, Harbour Master applies penalties from 2.500 Euros up to 12.500 Euros, and might also stop vessel’s operations in the port till certificate is obtained.

5. Master to fill up in log book transfer operation for consumption of main engine from marine fuel with content of sulphur exceeding 0.1% m/m to marine fuel (gas oil) with content of sulphur not exceeding 0.1% m/m. If this is not mentioned in the log book, Harbour Master applies penalty from 2.500 Euros up to 5.000 Euros.

6. In case of any penality is applied by port authority vessel is not allowed to sail from the port till the amount is fully covered by Owners / Master.

The original Certificate of insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage must be on board of the vessel.

As per provisions of Directive 2009/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) No. L 131 of 28 May 2009, which provides for the mandatory carriage of the insurance certificates for maritime claims on board the ship, staring 03.04.2012 all vessels calling Romanian ports MUST have MARITIME CLAIMS INSURANCE. The absence on board of the insurance certificates for maritime claims, vessel has 72 hrs to provide such certificate and then will lead to possible no acceptance in the port or ship expulsion by Romanian Port Authority

Mangalia

The Port of Mangalia is situated on the Black Sea, close to the Southern border with Bulgaria, and over 260 km N of Istanbul. It has an area of 142.19 ha of which 27.47 ha is land and 114.72 ha is water.

The N and S breakwaters have a total length of 2.74 km. There are 4 berths (2 operational berths) with a total length of 540 m. The max. depth is 9 m.

Main cargoes: chemicals, fertilizers, bitumen, general cargo.

Communications: VHF: Ch 16 and 14

General notices & regulations: Vessels carrying toxic materials, explosives and inflammable materials are prohibited from entering the roadstead and port. Foreign vessels are prohibited from entering the N basin, Mangalia Lake and the channel connecting the basin to the lake.

Sea buoys, fairways and channels: From the vicinity of position 43°48’N 028°50’E the recommended approach route leads due W for 9nm to the harbour entrance, passing S of the harbour entrance light buoy (starboard hand) (0.25nm SE of NE breakwater head), then S of NE breakwater, the SE extremity of which is marked by a lighthouse (cupola on grey metal framework tower, 21m in height) and into Mangalia harbour the entrance of which is marked by lights (cupola on grey stone and concrete dwelling, 13m in height).

Caution: Attention is drawn to a rock, with a depth of 0.4m over it, that lies 0.2nm S of the SE breakwater head.

Pilot: Compulsory. Vessels should send request for pilot at least 2 hours before:

  1. Arrival in the roads
  2. Moving within the port
  3. Leaving the port

Anchorages: Anchorage is available in the roads 1.5 nm NE of the harbour entrance. The anchorage area has depths of 17-22 m.

Tidal range and flow: Range 0.3 m. Current: In normal weather the current sets S off the harbour entrance at a rate of 0.5 km. The current extends for approx 3 nm offshore where its outer limit can be distinguished, as the water forming the current is darker in colour.

Dock density: 1025

Weather: Prevailing winds: Variable.

Principal lights:

Location Characteristics Range (nm) Structure/Height(m)
Mangalia Main Light:
43°48′.7N 028°33′.6E
FI (2) W5 5s 22 White pyramidal stone tower (42)
Entrance Light NE Breakwater Head 43°47′.9N 028°36.1’E FI W 4s 10 Cupola on grey framework tower (21)

Charts: BA 2230, 2282, 2284. Admiralty Pilot NP24.

Tugs: Available.

Berths

The port has the following berths:

Berth Length (m) Max depth (m) No of berths Location
General cargo 419 9.0 2 berth 1, 2
Technical Vessels Berth 105 5.5 1 berth 4
Fitting-out Berth 95 5.5 – 9.0 1 berth 3

Facilities: Quay cranes available: 1 x 120t, 3 x 50t, 1 x 15t, 4 x 6.3t.
Storage: Open storage of 20,000 sqm and covered storage of 4,300 sqm available.

For Pre arrival forms (Annex 1 – Ship arrival and waste notification, Annex 2 – Notice of ship pre arrival security information and 72 hours Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection) click here for download. Please pass the pre arrival forms min 24 hours before arrival together with IMO crew list.

Owners / Masters Notification
As per EU and Romanian legislation en force, in order to avoid penalities or any other unpleasant situation during port call Owners / master should comply following rules:

1. Owners / Master to send the pre arrival notification (Annex 1, Annex 2, Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection and IMO crew list), at least 24 hours prior arrival the vessel in the port otherwise vessel will not get port entrance approval from port authorities and Harbour Master applies penalities from 250 Euros to 500 Euros.

2. Owners / Master must fill up all necessary / empty spaces in the notifications, otherwise port authorities apply Owners / Master penalities between 250 Euros and 750 Euros.

3. In case requested information regarding Bunkers Convention Certificate are not filled up, Harbour Master might refuse vessel’s entrance in the port.

4. In case vessel has no available Bunker Convention Certificate, Harbour Master applies penalties from 2.500 Euros up to 12.500 Euros, and might also stop vessel’s operations in the port till certificate is obtained.

5. Master to fill up in log book transfer operation for consumption of main engine from marine fuel with content of sulphur exceeding 0.1% m/m to marine fuel (gas oil) with content of sulphur not exceeding 0.1% m/m. If this is not mentioned in the log book, Harbour Master applies penalty from 2.500 Euros up to 5.000 Euros.

6. In case of any penality is applied by port authority vessel is not allowed to sail from the port till the amount is fully covered by Owners / Master.

The original Certificate of insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage must be on board of the vessel.

As per provisions of Directive 2009/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) No. L 131 of 28 May 2009, which provides for the mandatory carriage of the insurance certificates for maritime claims on board the ship, staring 03.04.2012 all vessels calling Romanian ports MUST have MARITIME CLAIMS INSURANCE. The absence on board of the insurance certificates for maritime claims, vessel has 72 hrs to provide such certificate and then will lead to possible no acceptance in the port or ship expulsion by Romanian Port Authority

For Pre arrival forms (Annex 1 – Ship arrival and waste notification, Annex 2 – Notice of ship pre arrival security information and 72 hours Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection) click here for download. Please pass the pre arrival forms min 24 hours before arrival together with IMO crew list.

Owners / Masters Notification
As per EU and Romanian legislation en force, in order to avoid penalities or any other unpleasant situation during port call Owners / master should comply following rules:

1. Owners / Master to send the pre arrival notification (Annex 1, Annex 2, Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection and IMO crew list), at least 24 hours prior arrival the vessel in the port otherwise vessel will not get port entrance approval from port authorities and Harbour Master applies penalities from 250 Euros to 500 Euros.

2. Owners / Master must fill up all necessary / empty spaces in the notifications, otherwise port authorities apply Owners / Master penalities between 250 Euros and 750 Euros.

3. In case requested information regarding Bunkers Convention Certificate are not filled up, Harbour Master might refuse vessel’s entrance in the port.

4. In case vessel has no available Bunker Convention Certificate, Harbour Master applies penalties from 2.500 Euros up to 12.500 Euros, and might also stop vessel’s operations in the port till certificate is obtained.

5. Master to fill up in log book transfer operation for consumption of main engine from marine fuel with content of sulphur exceeding 0.1% m/m to marine fuel (gas oil) with content of sulphur not exceeding 0.1% m/m. If this is not mentioned in the log book, Harbour Master applies penalty from 2.500 Euros up to 5.000 Euros.

6. In case of any penality is applied by port authority vessel is not allowed to sail from the port till the amount is fully covered by Owners / Master.

The original Certificate of insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage must be on board of the vessel.

As per provisions of Directive 2009/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) No. L 131 of 28 May 2009, which provides for the mandatory carriage of the insurance certificates for maritime claims on board the ship, staring 03.04.2012 all vessels calling Romanian ports MUST have MARITIME CLAIMS INSURANCE. The absence on board of the insurance certificates for maritime claims, vessel has 72 hrs to provide such certificate and then will lead to possible no acceptance in the port or ship expulsion by Romanian Port Authority

Midia

The Port of Midia is located on the Black Sea coastline, approx 13.5nm N of Constanta.

It is one of the satellite ports of Constanta and was designed and built to serve the adjacent industrial and petrochemical facilities.

The N and S breakwaters have a total length of 6,97 m. The port covers 834 ha of which 234 ha is land and 600 ha is water. There are 14 berths (11 operational berths, 3 berths belong to Constanta Shipyard) with a total length of 2,24 km.

Further to dredging operations performed the port depths are increased to 9 m at crude oil discharging berths 1-4, allowing access to tankers having a 8 m maximum draught and 20.000 dwt.

Main cargoes : crude oil and derivatives, agribulk, GPL and metallic products.

Connections : road, railway, inland ( via Poarta Alba-Midia Navodari Canal)

Communications: Radio Constanta, callsign ”YQI”, working frequency: 500kHz; 461kHz; 2,748kHz. VHF: Harbour Master, Midia, Ch 67.

Health regulations: Sanitary Inspection: Immediately after berthing, the Sanitary Commission checks the condition of health of all the personnel on board, the nature of cargo, specifications regarding possible diseases, vaccinations, etc. If there is no contamination danger, free pratique is granted to the vessel.

Port limits: The port is limited by the S and E breakwaters

Sea buoys, fairways and channels: The port is accessed through an approach channel with a width of 80 m and a depth of 5.6 m.

Pilot: Compulsory for all vessels, except Navy vessels, vessels used for a public service such as maintenance, control and surveillance of navigation, salvage vessels, training, hospital and leisure vessels. Pilotage is compulsory for entering, leaving the port and for the manoeuvring of the vessels inside the port, throughout 24 hours. The vessel’s Master has to notify pilots, at least 12 hours prior to arrival. The vessel’s Master will contact Constanta Port State Control at the entrance into the zone of 12nm from the N jetty, calling on VHF Ch 14.

The compulsory zone to embark/disembark the pilot is as follows:
Fair weather (wind force 4), near the point of co-ordinates: 44°05′.1N 028°43′.1E. Bad weather (wind over force 4), near the point of co-ordinates: 44°06′.2N 028°42′.3E.

The pilot boat is white, with ”pilot” on the side.

Anchorages: Anchorage is available at the following co-ordinates:

Latitude Longitude
44°22′.0N 028°45′.5E
44°22′.0N 028°48′.5E
44°19′.5N 028°45′.5E
44°19′.5N 028°48′.6E

The depth in the anchorage area is 20 m.

Tidal range and flow: Tides in the Black Sea are negligible. Variations of water level may be caused by persistent winds and can reach 0.5m under extreme conditions.

Dock density: 1014
Weather: Prevailing winds: Winter, N-NE; Spring, NE-E and NE-S; Summer, NW-NE; Autumn, N-NE.
Strong winds occur at the end of autumn (Oct) and in winter (Jan) with storms up to Beaufort force 9 to 10 (20kn to 30kn).
Main navigational aids: Along the Romanian coast, from Midia to Mangalia there are modern navigational aids with solar cells, remote control and radar reflectors.
Principal lights:

Location Characteristics Range (nm) Structure/Height(m)
Midia Main Light:
44°20′.9N 028°41′.1E
FI W 5s 17 White cupola on a metal framework tower with red and white bands (22)
Entrance Light
(offshore breakwater head)
43°47′.9N 028°36.1’E
FI W 4s 10 Metal structure on white concrete (18)

Charts: Admiralty Pilot NP24.
Tugs:There is a tug of 600 hp available
Mooring information: There are no unusual berthing manoeuvres.
Port berths
The port has the following berths:

Berth Length (m) Max depth (m) Cargo
1 – 4 532 9.0 Crude oil
5 – 8 637.6 9.0 Live stock
9 204 9.0 Petroleum products
10 – 11 191.3 9.0 General cargo
3 berths belong to Constantza Shipyard Ship manitanence and repair

Facilities: Quay cranes 2 x 6.5 t ( 1x 10t – Global Op.).
Storage: Warehouses = 3 x 720 = 2.160 sq.m. and platform = 10.780 sq.m.
Barges: There is a river-maritime access in the port via Danube-Black Sea Canal (Poarta Alba – Navodari branch).

 

Danube – Black Sea Chanel

General technical characteristics:

Length – 64,4 km
Breadth of the waterway – 90 m
Canal water depth – 7,0 m
Maximum draft – 5,5 m
Bridge clearance – 16,5 m

Agigea Lock

Agigea lock is located at the entrance in the Danube-Black Sea Canal from the port of Constantza South (km 1.9) in the neighborhood of the administration Headquarter.

The vessels coming from the port must contact the Central Traffic Center from Agigea using channel 74 VHF in order to achieve the permission for passage.

The maximum time for lock passage is 60 minutes.

Useful length: 310 m

Breadth: 25 m

Depth on sill: 7,5 m

Approximate filling time: 12 min

Special departments care of the vessel movement along the canal, and give all nautical information to the master of ships. The canals are open for navigation throughout 24 hours. The Head Office working hours are Monday-Friday between 07.30-16.00 hours.
Cernavoda Lock

Cernavoda lock is located at km 60.3 on the Danube-Black Sea Canal in the neighborhood of junction with the Danube river. Vessels coming from the Danube ask the Local Traffic Center from Cernavoda for passage permission. The operational radio channel is 14 VHF. The maximum time for lock passage is 60 minutes.

Useful length: 310 m

Breadth: 25 m

Depth on sill: 7,5 m

Approximate filling time: 8 min

The vessels coming from the Cernavoda Lock on the Danube Black Sea Canal, will use the following nautical radio channel:

– channel VHF 14 from 64,4 km to 49 km

– channel VHF 71 from 49 km to 15km

– channel VHF 74 from 15 km to 0 km

Ports on Danube – Black Sea Chanel are: Medgidia, Murfatlar, Ovidiu, Luminita.

Sulina Channel and port

Latitude: 45° 10′ N

Longitude: 029° 40′ E

Time Zone: GMT +2

Max. Draft: 7.32 m

UNCTAD code: ROSUL

Port description

Location: Sulina is situated at the mouth of the Danube, 148km E of Constanta.

General overview: Depths in the canal range from 10m to 14m, permanent dredging allows vessels of max draft 7.32m to berth. Ice may form during Feb and Mar, but the port is kept open by icebreakers. Fog may be encountered during Dec and Jan. Draft restriction on the canal is give by Sulina bar draft, area where continuous dredging is performed. For checking of the Sulina max. allowable draft at a certain time please contact us.

Load Line zone: Summer Zone for ships over 100m in length and Winter Seasonal Area for ships of 100m or less in length, Winter Dec 1 to Feb 28/29, Summer Mar 1 to Nov 30.

Max size: Largest vessel handled: Approx 25,000dwt, 200m LOA, 7.93m draft.

Navigation

Sulina Port limits: The seaward limits of Sulina Roads, extend 2nm between N and ESE from the seaward end (Lat 45°08’N, Long 029°48’E) of the protected canal. Upstream the port area extends to 3nm.

Sea buoys, fairways and canals: The port area is approached by a canal, 4nm in length, which has a bar at its seaward end. The canal is protected by N and S breakwaters.

Directions: Initial position: In the vicinity of the No 1 light buoy (safe water) (Lat 45°08.1’N, Long 029°47.7’E).

Leading marks: The alignment (301°) of light beacons standing on the elbow of the N breakwater: Front light (yellow daymark, black stripe) (Lat 45°09.9’N, Long 029°43.4’E).

Rear light (yellow day mark, black stripe) (220m NW of front light) leads along the centerline of the canal passing between a pair of light buoys marking the entrance to the canal and passage across the bar and thence between the breakwater heads which are marked by lights (white framework tower, 9m in height).

Pilot: Compulsory. Pilot boards in the roadstead, usually during daylight hours only.

Anchorages: Anchorages can be obtained in depths of 10.0m with mud and sand bottom.

Tidal range and flow: Nil.

Dock density: 1020. on entrance and 1000 on canal and Danube

Weather: Prevailing winds: N-NE’ly.

Principal navigation aids: Sulina light (white round stone tower, red cupola, 48m in height) (Lat 45°09’N, Long 029°46’E).

Charts: BA 2213, 2232, 2282. Admiralty Pilot NP24.

Restrictions: Sulina Canal is closed for navigation during the night. For daily maximum draft please contact us.

Tugs: available.

Anchorages: for river and sea vessels inside the basin, covering a 15ha water surface, with 6.0-9.0m depth.

Repairs: Available.

Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available.

Medical facilities: Medical facilities are available in Sulina and Tulcea.

Transport: Nearest airport: Tulcea Airport, 70km.

Airport facilities: Direct connections to Bucharest and Constanta, two flights daily during summer, one flight at all other times.

Nearest railway: Tulcea, 70km.

Crew change: Available.

Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Jan 2, Easter Monday, Dec 1, 25 and 26.

Working hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1600hrs. Overtime may be arranged at weekends.

Galati

  • Total area: 864.131 sqm;
  • Number of basins: 2 (Docuri) (Bazinul Nou)
  • Quay Length: vertical=4.675 m; sloped=2.390 m;
  • Number of berths: 54;
  • Winter harbor;
  • Rail connection: length=12.348m (European gauge);
  • Large gauge along the operating berths;
  • Rail tariff point;
  • Connection to the national highways;
  • Parking places for trucks;
  • Cargo storing facilities (open and covered storing areas);
  • Port equipment for vessel operation;
  • Cereal silos;
  • Waste collection from the ships: garbage, used and bilge water;
  • Bunkering facilities;
  • Ship maintenance facilities;
  • Free Zone;
  • Custom office;
  • “DAMEN” Shipyard;
  • Cereal Terminal;
  • Container Terminal;
  • Oil Terminal;
  • Security standards according to the ISPS code.

Braila

  • Total area: 389.630,13 square meters;
  • Number of basins: 1;
  • Quay length: vertical=797 m, sloped=2.506 m;
  • Number of berths: 46;
  • Winter harbor;
  • Rail connection;
  • Large gauge along the operating berths;
  • Rail tariff point;
  • Connection to the national highways;
  • Cargo storing facilities (open and covered storing areas);
  • Port equipment for vessel operation;
  • Cereal silos;
  • Free Zone;
  • Custom office;
  • “AKER” Shipyard;
  • Cereal Terminal ;
  • Ship maintenance facilities;
  • Cleaning the storing facilities;
  • Cleaning oil tankers.

Tulcea

  • Total area: 82.762 sqm;
  • Quay length: vertical = 330 m, sloped = 2.225 m;
  • Number of berths: 41;
  • Rail connection: length = 320 m (European gauge);
  • Connection to the national highways;
  • Passenger Terminal;
  • Cargo storing facilities(open storing areas);
  • Port equipment for vessel operation;
  • Ship-waste collection facilities;
  • Cereal silos;
  • Custom office;
  • “AKER” Shipyard;
  • Ship maintenance facilities;
  • Cleaning the storing facilities;
  • Passenger transport facilities to/from the Danube Delta.

For Pre arrival forms (Annex 1 – Ship arrival and waste notification, Annex 2 – Notice of ship pre arrival security information and 72 hours Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection) click here for download. Please pass the pre arrival forms min 24 hours before arrival together with IMO crew list.

Owners / Masters Notification
As per EU and Romanian legislation en force, in order to avoid penalities or any other unpleasant situation during port call Owners / master should comply following rules:

1. Owners / Master to send the pre arrival notification (Annex 1, Annex 2, Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection and IMO crew list), at least 24 hours prior arrival the vessel in the port otherwise vessel will not get port entrance approval from port authorities and Harbour Master applies penalities from 250 Euros to 500 Euros.

2. Owners / Master must fill up all necessary / empty spaces in the notifications, otherwise port authorities apply Owners / Master penalities between 250 Euros and 750 Euros.

3. In case requested information regarding Bunkers Convention Certificate are not filled up, Harbour Master might refuse vessel’s entrance in the port.

4. In case vessel has no available Bunker Convention Certificate, Harbour Master applies penalties from 2.500 Euros up to 12.500 Euros, and might also stop vessel’s operations in the port till certificate is obtained.

5. Master to fill up in log book transfer operation for consumption of main engine from marine fuel with content of sulphur exceeding 0.1% m/m to marine fuel (gas oil) with content of sulphur not exceeding 0.1% m/m. If this is not mentioned in the log book, Harbour Master applies penalty from 2.500 Euros up to 5.000 Euros.

6. In case of any penality is applied by port authority vessel is not allowed to sail from the port till the amount is fully covered by Owners / Master.

The original Certificate of insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage must be on board of the vessel.

As per provisions of Directive 2009/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) No. L 131 of 28 May 2009, which provides for the mandatory carriage of the insurance certificates for maritime claims on board the ship, staring 03.04.2012 all vessels calling Romanian ports MUST have MARITIME CLAIMS INSURANCE. The absence on board of the insurance certificates for maritime claims, vessel has 72 hrs to provide such certificate and then will lead to possible no acceptance in the port or ship expulsion by Romanian Port Authority