List of deep water ports

List of deep water ports

A deep water port is any port that can accommodate a fully laden Panamax ship. With the approval of the Panama Canal expansion proposal in October, 2006, this list will need to be significantly revised when the expansion is completed.


Atlantic Ocean

(from North to South)

* Tanger-med, Morocco
* Jorf Lasfar, Morocco
* Nouadhibou, Mauritania - iron ore terminal.
* Nouakchott, Mauritania - proposed railhead for Phosphate mine.

* Deep water port for Simandou‎ iron ore - proposed.
* Port Kamsar - bauxite loading port, origin of kamsarmax ship type.
* - Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana - built 1928
* Cotonou - Benin
* Lome - Togo [ [ IOL: Cotonou - a city slowly swallowed by waves ] ]
* Kribi - oil terminal
* Grand Batanga - iron ore - proposed
* Owendo, Gabon - railhead
* Santa Clara, Gabon - proposed deep water port with railhead for Makokou iron ore.
* Lobito, Angola
* Walvis Bay, Namibia - railhead
* Saldanha Bay, South Africa


* Bargny, Senegal [ ]
* San Pédro, Côte d'Ivoire for iron ore
* Ikot Akpatek, Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria - proposed

Indian Ocean

(from North to South)

* Nacala, Mozambique - railhead for Malawi
* Richards Bay, South Africa
* Ngqura, South Africa - under construction in 2007



Atlantic Ocean

* Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia - the most easterly North American full-service container port.
* Port Cartier, Quebec - An iron ore terminal on the St Lawrence River.
* Sept-Iles, Quebec (Seven Islands) - An iron ore terminal on the St Lawrence River.
* Chandler, Quebec - large deep-water wharf.
* Melford, Nova Scotia - proposed deep-water terminal on the Strait of Canso.

Pacific Ocean

* Port Alberni - The Alberni Inlet is a fjord like channel that deep sea vessels and cruise ships can easily navigate.
* Port of Prince Rupert - A Deep Sea Port that has direct rail connection to major North American Cities like New York and Detroit.
* Crofton - The main factor for its location is the depth of the water, unusual for the east coast of Vancouver Island.
* Port of Vancouver - A modern port of entry on the west coast of Canada.

United States of America

Atlantic Ocean

* Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal
* Port of Boston
* New York Harbor
* Hampton Roads - huge port complex with naval and commercial facilities
* Port of Wilmington
* Port of Charleston
* Port of Savannah
* Port Everglades
* Port of Miami

Caribbean & Gulf of Mexico

* Port of Beaumont - a deep-water port located in Beaumont, Texas.
* Port of Galveston - the oldest port on the Gulf Coast, west of New Orleans.
* Port of Mobile - the only deep-water port in the state of Alabama
* Port of Tampa
* Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico - capable of servicing Post-panamax vessels with a controlling depth of convert|50|ft|m [] It should be noted that the Holsatia Express, a vessel of 12.6 m (41 feet) draft, had to be turned away in 2008 because of insufficient water depth, suggesting Ponce may not be a true "deep water port".

Pacific Ocean

* Port Angeles, Washington
* Port Madison - sometimes called Port Madison Bay, is a deep water bay located on Puget Sound.
* Port of Seattle
* Port of Tacoma
* Port of Grays Harbor
* Port of Kalama
* Port of Longview
* Port of Vancouver, USA
* Port of Portland - Three post-panamax terminals.
* Port of Coos Bay - Oregon's second busiest seaport
* Port of Humboldt Bay - is the only deep water port in California north of San Francisco Bay
* Port of Stockton - California's farthest inland deep water port.
* Port of Richmond, California
* Port of Oakland - the channel is thirty feet deep and eight hundred feet wide.
* Port of Redwood City, California: resulting from dredging the mouth of Redwood Creek
* Port of Hueneme-The only deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the only military deep water port between San Diego Bay and Puget Sound
* Port of Los Angeles - Busiest port in the United States.
* Port of Long Beach - One of the busiest container ports in the world.
* Port of San Diego - Home to the bulk of the United States Navy Pacific Carrier Fleet. Only the first nine miles (14 km) of the bay are accessible to Panamax vessels.

Central America, South America

* Lázaro Cárdenas - Mexico
* Manzanillo, Colima - Mexico
* Colón - Panama
* Cartagena, Colombia
* Ciénaga, Colombia - coal export port [ [ Colombia - Railpage Australia™ Forums (Central and South America) ] ]
* Boca Grande, Venezuela - Venezuela - Iron ore transfer station
* Puerto Bolívar - Ecuador
* Port of Tubarão, Vitória - Brazil It is the largest iron ore embarking port in the world deep-water port receiving ships 350,000 tons .
* Ponta da Madiera - Brazil
* Punta Ubu - Brazil
* Guaiba - Brazil Iron ore export terminal owned and operated by Vale (ex CVRD) in Sepetiba Bay
* Itaguai - Brazil Iron ore export terminal now owned and operated by Vale (ex CVRD) in Sepetiba Bay
* Montevideo
* Buenos Aires
* Bahía Blanca - Argentina
* Valparaíso


* Muara - Brunei's only deep-water port.
* Port of Haifa - has a natural deep water laguna
* Mina' Zayid - commercial deep-water port that serves the city and Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
* Port of Tanjung Pelepas - Malaysia
* Tanggguh LNG Terminal - Indonesia
* Johor Port - Malaysia
* Kakinada - India-Fertilizer,petroleum and electronics.
* Kashima - Container, dry and wet bulk and general cargo port
* Fukuyama - Multi-purpose and dry bulk port
* Hong Kong
* Singapore
* Gwadar
* Karachi
* Port Qasim
* Shanghai
* Damman, Saudi Arabia
* Jeddah Seaport, Saudi Arabia
* Qingdao
* Hazira


* Vizhinjam - India
* Kakinada - India-Second
* Machilipatnam - India
* Chennai - India
* Kyaukphyu - Burma for import of oil to China.
* Thanlyin - Burma
* Sonadia - Bangladesh near Cox's Bazaar


* Port of Antwerp
* Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)
* Port of Rotterdam, (post-Panamax, largest port in Europe)
* Port of Zeebrugge - located in Belgium.;Portugal
* Port of Sines - located in Portugal.;Scandinavia
* Gothenburg - located in Sweden
* Port of Södertälje - (Stockholm)
* Narvik
* Port of Aarhus - (post-Panamax)
* Port of Helsinki - (post-Panamax);United Kingdom
* Port of Felixstowe - (post-Panamax, 35% of UK container traffic)
* Port of Liverpool - (planned new post-Panamax container terminal expansion) New floating landing stage facility in Mersey accommodates cruise ships of 345 metres in length and 10.0 metres draught
* Port of Southampton - (post-Panamax, traditional liner port)
* Port Talbot
* Milford Haven - South Hook and Dragon LNG facilities
* Redcar
* Invergordon
* Hunterston Terminal
* Hound point;Other
* Omišalj - super tanker oil terminal on island Krk in Croatia
* Wilhelmshaven - Germany (oil, coal, chemicals)



(clockwise from north)
* Port of Townsville - Military port, Mineral Ores, Fertilizer, Concentrates, Sugar and Motor Vehicles. Able to accommodate 4 Panamax vessels at a time.
* Abbot Point - coal export terminal
* Dalrymple Bay - coal export terminal
* Hay Point - BHP (BMA joint venture) coal export terminal
* Gladstone - coal

* Port of Brisbane - coal, containers
* Port Stephens - shallow and sandy but contains sufficient deep water to accommodate large vessels.
* Newcastle - coal
* Port Botany (Sydney) - containers
* Port Kembla - coal, wheat, cars
* Melbourne
* Geelong
* Portland, Victoria
* Adelaide Outer Harbour deepened to Post-Panamax in 2006.
* Port Bonython, Capesize - oil and proposed iron ore []
* Whyalla, SA - 65,000t ships
* Port Lincoln - deep-water port for exporting grain and future iron ore. Barges take ore to deep water.
* Fremantle, Western Australia (Perth)
* Port Hedland - north west Western Australia - iron ore.
* Dampier - north west Western Australia - iron ore.
* East Arm Wharf (Port of Darwin) - Panamax

New Zealand

* Ports of Auckland, Auckland
* Lyttelton
* Marsden Point, Whangarei
* New Plymouth
* Port Chalmers, Dunedin
* Tauranga

(Source: [ "Recount"] , Taranaki District Council newsletter, page 5.)


* Apra Harbor - is a deep-water port on the western side of Guam.


* [] port database.


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