Batumi Port and Terminal
UKC (Under Keel Clearance) is 0.50 meter
Port entry permits for Containerships above 188 meters and other dry cargo vessel types above 220 meters have to be specifically obtained from the harbormaster.
The working length for berths 4-5 (BICT Terminal) is established as 220 meters.
Maneuvering of loaded tankers for berthing alongside berth # 1:
a) Loaded tankers below < 142 meters, with safe draft 6 meters may berth alongside # 1 without precondition;
b) Loaded tankers above 142 meters, for berthing alongside # 1, consistent to safe draft, is permitted if during berthing operation berth # 9 or berths # 3 and 7 are free.
BATUMI : 41.39 N. 41.38 E.
Batumi port is situated in south of Black sea Caucasian cost, at head of Batumi bay.
LMT GMT +4
PORT is working every day, (ATDNSHINC bases)
PORT AUTHORITIES: Call sign: "BATUMI PORT CONTROL" on VHF 16
Before 5 miles from Batumi port fairway buoy please call “BATUMI PORT CONTROL" for instructions.
PILOTAGE: Compulsory 24 hour service is available
ANCHORAGES and WEATHER:
The port harbor is protected by a mole from the seaward and provides a safe anchorage except at times when S.W., and N.W., winds blow and the ”Tyagun”, strong variable current with surge is formed. At the time of ”Tyagun” vessels are recommended to stop cargo handling operations and go out to sea (such shifting expenses are on ship owners account); During S.W. winds which are considered particularly dangerous and usually accompanied by heavy surge, Masters should observe special precautions and take all necessary measures to avoid impact with the mole. In the outer roads roads vessels may anchor only after having obtained the harbor master’s permissions and according to Pilot’s recommendation. The Inner Roads vessels may obtain anchorage only Eastward of the entrance leading line. It is strictly prohibited to lie at anchor both on the leading line and to the West of it.
BALLAST and RESTRICTIONS:
In case of stormy weather, in Autumn and Winter particularly, vessels without cargo must enter the port with ballast water on board having ensured for draft not less then 1.5 m – 1.8 m. Tanker must have a clean ballast of Black Sea water in SBT (it should be reflected in Tanker's Log book). The clean ballast can be discharged overboard from SBT only but not from cargo tanks. Vessel has to be with the Black sea ballast only. Adopt the proposal of the ministry of environment and natural resources and ministry of transport and communication for tankers coming to Georgia to carry out ballast water exchange before entering the “2nd Georgian sanitary area” (50 n.m. zone), far apart a shore at minimum 25 n.m. and at the depth 100 meters. * Please re-check carefully tanker log book for ballast exchange records
TOWAGE: Compulsory for berthing and unberthing.
REGULATED and RESTRICTED AREAS:
In view of increasing penalties levied by immigration, border protection authorities of Georgia on the ships breaking the recommended course for approaching Poti, Batumi and Supsa roads and entering the prohibited areas please strictly follow the course indicated in admiralty charts for Georgian ports issued after 1999. ”prohibited areas” (Nominated limited areas of internal waters and territorial sea used by the defense forces and other interests, where navigation, stopping, anchorage and fishing are prohibited). WSW OF BATUMI area SARPI (41 35’N, 41 27’E) as shown on chart 2236 W OF POTI area POTI (42 09’N, 41 39’E) as shown on chart 3317 SW OF SOKHUMI area SOKHUMI (42 59’N, 40 59’E) as shown on chart 3313. WNW OF MYS PITSUNDA area BZYB (43 10’N, 40 15’E) as shown on chart 3313 W OF GRIGOLETI area SUPSA (42 02’N, 41 43’E) as shown on chart 3313 ”dangerous maritime area” (nominated areas of internal waters, territorial seas or economic zones used for the dumping of weapons or ordnance). W OF BATUMI Area No 10 (41 40’N, 41 39’E) as shown on chart 3317 *SW OF POTI Area No 20 (42 09’N, 41 39’E) as shown on chart 3317 APPROACHES TO OCHAMCHIRA Area No 30 (42 44’N, 41 26’E) as shown on chart 3313 ”explosive dumping grounds” NW Of POTI Area No 40 (42 13’N, 41 17’E) as shown on chart 3313 Area No 50 (42 12’N, 41 28’E) as shown on chart 3313 NNW Of BATUMI Area No 60 (41 50’N, 41 38’E) as shown on chart 3313.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS - INFORMATION:
All Vessels arriving in BOT not gas free condition the H2S concentration in cargo tanks must be less than 10ppm by volume. Which will be monitored by Loading Masters who will join on board on arrival.
Dumping of polluted waters is prohibited to the port area While ship is at anchorage, it is strictly prohibited to launch the life-raft to the sea (penal sanction).
No swimming is permited at anchorage area
Vessel may enter and leave the port at any time of day and night. All vessels when entering or leaving the port must have keel clearance of not less than 0.3 m. (1 ft).
In the event of stormy weather vessels approaching the port at time of S.W. and N.W. winds particularly, should obtain Harbour master’s entry permit.
If due to ”Tyagun” vessels are not allowed to enter the harbor, they should anchor either in the Outer of Inner roads.
Any hot works, painting works, engine technical works, are allowed only after official permission of harbor master and designated port authorities.
Vessel's duty officer must be always available by VHF CH 16
Vessel must be equipped with all necessary facilities and accomplish the requirements provided by International – security, sanitary, fire-prevention, anti-pollution regulations
Shore leave for crew 24 hours VIA port gate
Georgian Ships Reporting System - "GEOREP" was established on 01.04.96 (IMO Circular SN/Circ. 178, 13.03.1996) in accordance with the requirements of International Conventions SOLAS-74/78, MARPOL-73/78, SAR-79, OPRC-90 and IMO resolution A.851 (20). Updated in accordance with Georgian Laws on "Maritime Areas-1998", on "Maritime Rescue Service-2000", Maritime Code of Georgia - 1997/2000" and "Port Regulations in Georgia-2002" and have become mandatory since 01.03.2003. GEOREP is operated by "MRCC-Georgia", which subordinates to Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia. MRCC Duty coordinator is responsible for monitoring reports and if necessary informs the appropriate authorities - Ministry of Environment, Coast Guard, etc. For non-compliance of the present regulations a shipmaster can be subjected to fines in accordance with Administrative Law of Georgia. All ships of any nationality, tonnage or type are welcome to participate as long as it is within service area of GEOREP.
The range of water level in the port area is small and is due to the effects of strong winds. The maximum rage observed 0.6 m
International airports in Georgia: Batumi, Kutaisi and Tbilisi. Distance from Batumi to Tbilisi airport 385 km / 6 hours drive. Batumi to Kutaisi airport 120 km / 2 hours drive.
Obtaining the visa depends on crew nationality, most of countries are released from Visa requirements. Precise details to be pre-checked.