SIDI KERIR: 31.06 N. 29.37 E.
LOCATION: Sidi Kerir Sea Terminal is situated about 27km. West of Alexandria .
The position of the Sea Terminal is Lat. 31¥06¥N., Long.29¥37¥E.
As a reference point, there is a conspicuous pylon 4.5miles S.W. of Fort Abbassia. A tall radio mast, marked by red lights, stands near a large tank
farm, 4.5miles W.S.W. of the above-mentioned pylon. The tank farm shows up well on radar at 20 miles.
The Terminal operates day and night .
Charts: Vessel's Master should keep on board Admiralty Chart No.3325
"Approaches to Mersa El-Hamra and Sidi Kerir".
DOCUMENTS: The SUMED Loading Master/Pilot acts on behalf of the relevant Government Departments and requires 4 copies of Crew List, 2 copies of Vaccination List
and 2 copies of Stores List. Also required, were the following Ship's Documents, which are taken ashore for verification and returned with cargo documents prior to sailing:
Certificate of Registry.
Load Line Certificate.
Safety Equipment Certificate.
Safety Radio Certificate.
Suez Canal Tonnage Certificate (if applicable).
Panama Canal Tonnage Certificate (if applicable).
SUMED's Mooring Master and his assistant board the tanker 2miles North of Buoy A1 Notifications: ETA messages should be sent by cable via Alexandria/Port Said Radio on leaving previous port. Cables should be prefixed "For urgent delivery send via Telex 54108 or 54033 SUMED UN" and be confirmed 72,48 and 24hours prior to arrival.(Day and night berthing and operation). Arrival draft should be indicated.
Vessels should arrive with a trim of 8ft. by the stern and appropriate ballast to ensure that propeller is completely submerged.
LOCATION OF BUOYFIELD: (SBMs)
A1: Lat 31¥06¥26¥N.,Long 29¥36¥46¥E.
31¥05¥32¥N., Long 29¥35¥38¥E.
A3: Lat 31¥ 04¥24¥ N., Long 29¥35¥37¥E.
A4: Lat 31¥ 04¥54¥ N., Long 29¥37¥39¥E.
A5: Lat 31¥ 05¥40¥ N., Long 29¥38¥24¥E.
A6: Lat 31¥ 07¥30.4¥ N., Long 29¥37¥58.3¥E.
ANCHORAGES: Tankers can anchor to the North and N.W. of the buoyfield.
MAX. SIZE: The six berths are spaced one from the other so that each has :
Mooring Area Radius: 410 m. for A1,A2and A6 (accommodate vessels up to 350,000 d.w.t. 400,000 with Sumed's prior approval ); 320 m.for
A3,A4 and A5(accommodate vessels up to 250,000 d.w.t.); Manoeuvring Area Radius :for A1,A2 and A6, 1,200m.; For A3,A4 and A5, 915m.
Water Depth and Draft Limitations :
For A1,A2 and A6: 85ft. maximum water depth
75ft. maximum draft
For A3, A4 and A5: 60ft.minimum water depth
Minimum Size :50,000 d.w.t. ±5%. Minimum cargo loading is 40,000 metric tons of any one type of crude oil.
TUGS:2tugs X 2,200 h.p. and 2 supply boats X 4,000 h.p. with fire fighting and anti-pollution
equipment is available as required.
Mooring Launches :500 h.p. mooring launches assist in mooring and hose operations.
All messages to be sent via Alexandria/Port Said Radio. Sidi Kerir has a H.F Long range radio working on 2182 KHz and 4142.5KHz .
VHF: Channels 16,78and 3.
BERTHING: Ship's Derrick: The ship's
derrick should be capable of lifting 10tons and rigged on the port side ready on arrival to take the gear on board for berthing the ship and connecting the hoses.
Mooring : Buoys A1,A2 and A6 are equipped with twin
nylon ropes of 18 in. circumference and 180 ft. long, ending with a 26in .chafing chain 2.75in. diameter. A support buoy is connected to the chain.
The port side mooring rope has a 350ft. polypropylene pick-up rope
of 10 in. circumference .The starboard side is the same but the pick-up rope is only 180ft. in length . Two bow stoppers are required.
Buoys A3,A4 and A5 are equipped with one gromet rope of 15 in. circumference and
180 ft. long, ending with a 26 ft. chafing chain. One bow stopper is required.
Hoses : Each berth has two cargo hoses with a 16 in. connection (ASA 150). There is a ballast unloading facility with 16 in. connection.
Connection of hoses to be performed by the vessel under the supervision of SUMED's Mooring Master.
Loading/Deballasting Rates :
Buoys A1,A2 & A6 Loading Max.12,000 tonnes per hour
Deballasting 5,000 tonnes per hour
Buoys A3,A4 & A5 Loading Max.10,000 tonnes per hour
Deballasting 3,000 tonnes per hour.
SUPPLIES: No bunkers or supplies are available or permitted.
MEDICAL: Private doctors and hospitals are available in Alexandria
There is no shore leave for personnel of vessels loading at Sidi Kerir.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Collection service available. Plastic bags are provided .
SHIPMASTER'S REPORT: September 1989.
Vessel: VLCC, 268,000 d.w.t.
Charts : BA. Chart No.3323 is somewhat out of date in the information it contains , according to local sources . This is probably because the Admiralty has not been advised of the latest
information by local officials
It appear that the strictures about old surveys no longer apply to the area of approach , but which parts have been surveyed, and when , I was not able to discover.
Suffice it to say
that about 50 vessels per month use the terminal, ranging from fairly small ships up to and including those of the same size or larger than this vessel, having loaded draft in the region of 21.0 m., and all have managed
to arrive and leave without mishaps.
The Pilot Station and Waiting Area to the S.W. and West of the SBMs is the original one which was in use when terminal was first started.
Nowdays this is only used by vessels
which arrive for the first time and have no alternative information.
The preferred waiting area is now to the N.E. of the SBMs and this is used by the majority of vessels, especially those which trade regularly to
Pilots: Pilots now prefer to board by a small helicopter and if possible during daylight hours only. If movements are performed after dark, the more conventional method of boarding from a
launch is used.
The Pilot boats come from a depot near Alexandria, which is another reason why the area N.E.of the terminal is preferred, being that much nearer.
Pilot Boarding Position : We were requested to come
to a position 1.5 miles East of the buoy, to which we were to moor, and similar instructions were heard being given to other vessels which were berthed, although the helicopter can go to any position.
Helicopter prefers vessel to be heading into wind for landing.
Cargo documents are delivered by helicopter and pilot leaves in same way, except as stated above, when night-time movements are made and a launch is used.
AUTHORITY: Arab Petroleum Pipeline Company (Sumed), 431 El-Guish Avenue, Loran, Alexandria, Egypt. Postal Address: P.O. Box 158, Alsaraya, Alexandria, Egypt. Tel: 5864138,5864139,5877818.
Telex : 54108 Sumed Un. FAX: 5866713,5878397,5871295,5871297.