Entreprise Portuaire de Skikda

Activities & Services

At the request of the ship’s agent or his representative, the company is authorised to supply ships with fresh or sea water.

Bunkering can be carried out either at the quay or in the harbour by means of a quay mouth, by tanker or barges or any other appropriate means.

Boatage refers to the operations of assisting the mooring and unmooring of ships during their arrival, departure or movement (change of berth) within the port.

Litter removal :

The removal of rubbish from the water and port areas is carried out by the port company both on order and at the request of the port authority for reasons of public health and pollution control.

Pilotage is the assistance given to masters for the conduct of vessels entering and leaving ports, harbours, roadsteads and inland waters.

Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels except :

  • Sailing vessels with a net tonnage of less than 100 tonnes.
  • Mechanically propelled vessels with a net tonnage of less than 100 tons.
  • Mechanically propelled vessels used exclusively for the improvement, maintenance and surveillance of ports and their accesses, such as tugs, carriers, dredgers, barges etc. ….
  • Lighthouse and beacon vessels.

Any commercial ship, entering the area where pilotage is compulsory, is required to give the pilotage call signal, on leaving the aforementioned area, the practical modalities of the signals are those fixed by the internal regulations of the pilotage stations. He must notify the station.

Pilotage starts from the moment the pilot presents himself within the limits of the station, and ends when the ship has arrived at its destination, at anchor, at the quay or at the limits of the station.

During pilotage operations, the pilot is under the command of the master of the vessel being piloted; by using the services of the pilot the master is not relieved of his responsibility for the manoeuvring of the vessel.

By the towing contract, the shipowner undertakes, in return for payment, to carry out towing services by means of a vessel.

The following are considered as towing services

  • Operations consisting of pulling or pushing the vessel.
  • Manoeuvres to berth, offset or set sail the vessel.
  • Conveying and assisting in the execution of other manoeuvres in the navigation of the tug.

The towing contract commences as soon as the towing vessel comes into sufficient proximity to the vessel to be towed to carry out the necessary towing operations immediately and is under the direct influence of the manoeuvres of the vessel to be towed, and ends at the moment when the last necessary towing operation has been completed and the towing vessel has moved sufficiently away from the vessel which has just been towed.

Handling :

Port handling includes the operations of loading, stowing, unstowing and unloading goods and the operations of placing and taking back goods on solid ground or shops under a contract which gives rise to remuneration.

Stevedoring :

Stevedoring includes the operations of receiving, marking and recognising on land the goods loaded or unloaded and keeping them in safe custody until they are loaded or delivered to the consignee.