TUAPSE: 44.05 N. 39.04 E.

(See Plan)

LOCATION: The port of Tuapse is situated between the mouths of rivers Tuapse and Pauk and the depths of 40 m. Year round navigation. DOCUMENTS: Refer to beginning of Russian section.

Compulsory in and out, possible at any time. Vessels await  Pilot at anchorage or at Pilot boarding position φ=44º03´7N, λ=39º03´9E. Pilots board and leave vessels in the Outer Roads behind the Pervomaisky Breakwater if the sea (swell) up to Force 4. When leaving harbour during bad weather Pilot leaves vessels in the Inner Roads. Communication with Pilots on VHF Channel 12.

Depths 13 m. - 22 m. Position of anchorage, bearing to the entrance red light and distance is radioed by Harbour Master through Agent to each vessel prior to arrival (unless berth available). When at anchor, vessel shall keep VHF watch on VHF Channel 16 and VHF 09 (Tuapse port control).

See "Berthing".

Sanitary Officer boards on arrival or when berthed. No automatic Free Pratique. In the event of fever or any suspected epidemic disease onboard Masters shall inform the sanitary senvice immediately on arrival.

Radio communication can be effected through the port radio station "Tuapse-Radio".

Station Call Sign Channel
Port Radio Tuapse Radio 16
Port Control Tuapse Port Control 9
Pilots Tuapse Pilot 12

All movements in the port area require permission from the Head of the Shift of the PSC inspection. Such permission for small vessels expires after 5 minutes and should be renewed.
Arrival Advice: Masters shall send 96/72/48 and 24 hours' ETA notices to Agent, advising also quantity of ballast onboard and time required for deballasting ashore. Presence of the inert gas system and filling of cargo tanks. Revised ETA to the Pilot station and actual draft should be confirmed at least 2 hours before the ETA. Masters shall also advise quantity and grade of cargo, stowage plan, LOA and maximum draft, number of passengers, health condition of crew.
See "Radio".

Tugs are compulsory for berthing/unberthing or shifting, as well as when lying at inner anchorage. Tugs normally join vessels at the buoy marking the Pervomaisky breakwater. Ship's lines to be used.

At any time with winds up to Force 7. The quantity of ballast on board should be enough for providing the safe manoeuvring at mooring operations considering the real weather conditions. The port consists of 2 harbours, with 3 berths for dry-cargo ships (max. draft 12m. (brackish water), LOA up to 220 m.) and 6 berths in the oil harbour for tankers (max. draft 12m. (brackish water) LOA up to 235 m.). Oil harbour, shore cargo manifolds diameter 250/400 mm. All dry-cargo berths are equipped with portal cranes of 10-32 tons capacity. Loading/unloading usually by shore cranes. The port is not sheltered for vessels during strong S.E./S.W. winds. During strong gales from these directions, lying in port is dangerous due to strong swell, especially the one called "tyagun". In this event vessels must leave harbour when recommended by the Port Authority. When lying in port the main engines shall not be immobilised without special permission by Harbour Master.

First medical aid at any time; hospital facilities available.

  Report 2002:.

Terminals: Crude Oil Terminal. Tel: (86167) 21342.
Products Terminal. Tel: (86167) 22551/75330/75321.
Oil Refinery. Tel: (86167) 23615.
Oil Terminal. Tel: (86167) 71294.
Shore tanks:
Product No. of Tanks Total Capacity (tonnes)
Gas Oil 16 56,000
Kero 4 17,690
Naphtha 6 18,000
Fuel Oil 3 7,500
Crude Oil 7 51,000
(Crude tanks are concrete underground tanks).
A-76 4 14,000
Kerosene 5 20,000
Dirty ballast tanks available.
Under construction 4
Shore lines:
Shore lines
Product No. Diameter (mm.)
Gas Oil 2 500
Kero 1 500
Naphtha 1 400
Fuel Oil 1 400
1 500
Crude Oil 1 1,000
Length varies from 1.5 km. to 2.8 km.
1 230 12.0 Fuel Oil
Gas Oil
Crude Oil
(1 or 2 lines)
2 162 11.30 Fuel Oil
Gas Oil
Crude Oil
(1 or 2 lines)
3 162 9.40 Naphtha
Fuel Oil
Gas Oil
(1 or 2 lines)
4 186 11.5 All Products
5 207 11.60 Kero
Gas Oil

Fuel Oil
(1 or 2 lines)
6 145 9.60 Gas Oil
Fuel Oil

POLLUTION: Marine pollution shall be avoided by all means, specially due to proximity of health resort area. Any pollution is subject to heavy fines.


Available from any berth, road delivery not possible.

Fuel oil and gasoil available at oil berths or ex-lighters. Masters giving 72 hours' notice.

Conventional rules for oil ports.


Emergency repairs. Floating docks subject to special arrangement.

Leading world classification societies are represented the Register of Russia. Saybolt have office in Tuapse.

Not required. Gangways shall be lighted up and protected by nets.

Normally by crew.

No restrictions. Export/import of state currency is forbidden.

Possible in emergency.

Sochi - 120 km. Served by regular airlines.

GMT plus 3 hours. GMT plus 4 hours in Summer.

1st January, 23rd February, 8th March, 1st, 2nd May, 9th May, 7th October, 7th and 8th November. Work during holidays can be arranged.

Telephones: Fire - 301; Fire-boat - 231; Ambulanse – 003; Militia (Police) – 002. Office Hours: 0800 –1700 hrs.

Available for all vessels.

Compass adjusting, radar and radio repairs, gyro compass repairs, lubricants, paints and chemicals of Mobil, Castrol, Esso, Elf-Aquitaine, Rochem and Perolin Unitor also spares for Sulzer, M.A.N. and Burmeister and Wain engines also for Magnavox Satellite Navigators available from consignment centre of Novorossiysk (Tel: 62897. Telex: 279113/412629). Deliveries made with 3 days prior notice to Agent.

Crew allowed ashore.

Seaman's Books are sufficient.

See "General" before first port.


Brief Information for Masters:
ETA: ETA messages shall also contain quantity of ballast and time for deballasting ashore.
Anchorage: Anchorage position is obtained from Agent prior to arrival, if no immediate berthing is expected. No boats, rafts or other objects shell be launched from vessels. No swimming is allowed.
Bad Weather: S.W. gales develop heavy swell in harbour and vessels may be recommended to leave berth. Main engine shall not be immobilised when alongside berth without Harbour Master's permission. If permitted a tug-boat shall be hired to stand-by.
Bunkers: Small quantities of gas oil and IFO available ex-barge.
Free Pratique: Free Pratique will be granted after Custom's and other formalities are completed, which are normally carried out at all times when alongside berth, otherwise in day time at anchorage, weather permitting.
Fresh Water: Available ex-cargo berths only.
Garbage and Wastes: Any garbage, food wastes, etc. should be collected by crew into special containers placed on board each vessel by a boat upon arrival. Landing of garbage is compulsory.
Launch: Launch for crew at Master's request between 0800 hrs. and 2400 hrs., subject to availability of boats, weather permitting.
Meat Rooms: Meat rooms on board shall be sealed by the Vet Inspector during Custom's visit upon arrival in roads or upon berthing and the seal should not be removed before sailing. Meat of Russian origin is allowed for use.
Pollution: Oil spillage must be avoided. In case of a spill, all operations must be stopped immediately and the accident reported to the Port State Control CH9 and your Agent at once. Any oil spot or slick noticed on the sea surface near your vessel should also be immediately reported to your Agent and entered in the log.
All outboard sea valves should be locked up upon arrival in Russian territorial waters and kept securely closed until sailing. Port seals may be placed on the said valves after docking.
Oil Record Book should be kept up to date and always ready for inspection by Port Authority or Pollution Control.
Radio: Transmission on any frequency to any station except Tuapse Port Radio is not allowed within 12 mile limit. VHF Channel 16 is to be monitored continuously while in roads. This Channel shall be used for calling only. Channels 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 26 and 27 shall not be used by vessels for ship-to-ship communication.
Steel Ropes: Steel wires are allowed when vessel’s tanks are inerted. All mooring lines shall be kept tight at all times.
Salinity: The sea water in harbour is brackish (salinity 1.011-1.014).
Sick Crew: Seamen with fever and symptoms of infectious disease should be reported to Port Sanitary Doctor on ship's arrival and without delay.
Duty Free:
Shop is run by Shipchandler and is open 0800 - 1200 hrs. 1300 - 1700 hrs., Monday through Friday (Tel: 71-398).
Smoke: Emission of smoke from funnel in harbour is prohibited.
No smoking is allowed on all decks when alongside at oil berth or when bunkering from a barge.
Shore telephone set will be placed on board for fire-safety and business only when alongside a berth.
Useful Phone Nos.:
"Seatrade" - 71-322, 71-836, 71-288, 71-427; "Nafta" - 71-435, 71-206; Pilot – 71-338; Harbour Master – 76-444, 3-01-59; Seamen's Club - 71-269; Shipchandler - 71-331; 2-65-91; Pilot – 2-16-92, 71-338.
Shore Leave:
Shore leave allowed around the clock.
Attention of Chief Officers: All mooring ropes and lines are to be equipped with rat guards with immediately upon completion of mooring or shifting.
Failure comply with this regulation will incur a heavy fine by the Port Sanitary Service without further warning.
Safe Draft: Safe permissible draft alongside berths:

Berth No.1 12.00 m. Berth No.9 10.00 m.
No.2 11.30 m. No.9A 6.30 m.
No.3 9.40 m. No.10 11.10 m.
No.4 11.50 m. No.11 12.00 m.
No.5 11.60 m. No.11A 9.10 m.
No.6 9.60 m. No.12 7.80 m.
No.7 5.70 m. No.12A 7.90 m.
No.8 5.20 m. No.13 6.30 m.

Safe Trim and List: Vessels alongside berths should always maintain seaworthy trim and list (not exceeding 2°), and always remain afloat.

Tugs: Tugs are compulsory, ship's lines used. Masters should avoid using ship's propellers when approaching berth and should inform tugs of each manoeuvre to avoid damage. During S.E. gales vessels with a small quantity of cargo or ballast on board at Berths No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 are recommended to call tugs for safety.
Rat Guards: Compulsory for each rope, even tankers. Failure to comply will bring heavy fine.
Sewage: Must be discharged, whenever feasible, into a special craft before sailing.

Notice to Masters of Vessels: Additional Compulsory Regulations at the Port of Tuapse.
With the aim of preventing sea pollution following additional rules should be strictly complied with:
1. A reliable communication with shore organisations should be maintained during the whole period of vessel's stay in the port, by VHF on Channel 16, or by shore telephone placed on board when alongside berth. The use of such telephone for non-official conversations is prohibited.
2. Upon berthing all overboard valves, except those of the engine cooling systems, should be sealed by the ship's personnel.
3. Before commencement of any operations with oil products, drip pans should be placed under the manifold flanges, all scuppers and other openings on deck should be properly plugged, and all sounding pipes and air pipes checked. No oil operation shall start before all ship systems are ready and the vessel is reported to the representative of the oil harbour or the bunkering craft.
4. In case of an oil spillage, all oil operations should immediately be stopped, and the accident reported at once to the Port Authority by VHF from the roads or by telephone when alongside a berth: Telephone No.: Seatrade - 71-322, 71-836. Nafta – 71-435, 71-206,
Port Control 76-4-46, 3-10-29; Pilot – 71-338, 2-16-92
All measures to prevent further discharge of oil overside and deck cleaning should be taken without delay.
5. Discharge of any liquids (oil products, domestic and fecal/bilge or sewage waters, etc.), garbage and wastes overboard is prohibited.
6. No ballast can be discharged overside into the sea without permission of the Hydrochemical laboratory and without their representative being present.
7. No chemicals are allowed to be used for neutralising spilled oil or oil products.
8. The administration of any vessel which has polluted the sea and the territorial waters of Russia, and failed to undertake necessary measures to prevent a discharge of substances harmful to human health or living resources and marine life, as well as failed to report such incidents, shall be responsible in accordance with the law and regulations in force.
9. All ships should collect any garbage (food wastes, etc.) into special containers placed on board upon arrival, and see that the garbage is removed from the vessel before sailing.

Firefighting and Emergency Procedures:
Instructions on Firefighting Safety and Emergency Procedures at Oil Berths and on Tankers lying at Loading Berths at the Port:
1. Smoking in the Oil Harbour is prohibited.
Use of open fires and hot work without special permission of  the Oil Harbour Fire Guard is not allowed.
2. In case of fire or emergency, inform Fire Guard (Tel. 71-301) immediately; at the same time start firefighting.
3. In case of oil spillage on the quay or on a tanker, cease all cargo operations immediately until the spilled oil is removed.
4. Stop loading during electrical storms.
5. Stop loading when another tanker is underway to an adjacent berth until her mooring is completed.
6. Connecting hoses and loading operations are prohibited when ship to shore bonding cable is missing.
7. The following fire-fighting equipment should be located near the
ship's main cargo manifolds on deck:
2 fire extinguishers; a felt sheet, a container with sand and shovel; foam and water hoses with jet nozzles laid out.
8. If a fault or a condition threatens to create a fire is discovered, stop loading immediately until the hazard is eliminated.
Use of tools that may produce sparks is not allowed.

Principal Rules of Anti-Fire Safety for Tankers lying Alongside in the Oil Harbour:
In order to ensure the fire safety of the Oil Harbour and of vessels lying alongside, it is strictly forbidden:
(a) To pump out ballast and water with remains of oil products out of tanks/bilges;
(b) To carry out work with a naked flame;
(c) To throw overboard lighted cigarettes, matches, garbage, also to use signal rockets, fireworks, fire, etc.;
(d) To maintain fire in the galley, to use portable electric fire appliances, cabin ventilators and smoke on board during loading/discharging of oil cargoes. Smoking is allowed only in ship's smoking rooms;
(e) To perform steam scavenging of the smoke or exhaust pipes which may cause sparking;
(f) To use unprotected electric lights, pocket electric torches for lighting decks, tanks or ladders;
(g) To use on deck wire ropes while mooring, if the vessel is carrying 1st. category cargo; except when cargo tanks are inerted;
(h) To load/discharge during thunderstorms;
(i) To use tools made of ferrous metal when connecting hoses to avoid sparking.
The vessel's administration are obliged to take all necessary measures to avoid any possible leakage of cargo from pipes and fittings onboard or pump out or spill on deck and in to the sea.
3. All scuppers on the loading/discharging deck section are to be plugged.
4. It is absolutely necessary that the vessel's hull should be connected to the shore earthing appliances if the vessel is loading/discharging a 1st. Category cargo.
5. The manholes of the cargo tanks are to be closed and the sight holes to be covered with Davy's nets.
6. Before commencing loading/discharging all the anti-fire appliances are to be ready for immediate use.
7. In case of fire on board the fire brigades should be called without delay, the vessel's Administration organising the extinguishing of fire by crew also.
8. The vessel's Administration must acquaint the crew with the above rules.
9. Master is responsible for the observance of the above rules.

GENERAL: Deballasting or discharge of tank-washings facilities (slops) at a rate of up to 2,000 t.p.h., craft for discharge of bilge water. Food waste and garbage, etc. shall be collected into special containers placed on board upon berthing. Laundry facilities. No boats, rafts, etc. shall be launched from vessels without special permission. All mooring ropes to be provided with rat-guards immediately upon mooring or shifting berths. Local representative of the Insurance Company of Russia (Ingosstrakh) Ltd., and experts of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

DEVELOPMENTS: Reconstruction works including dredging underway.