Dnepro-Bugskiy sea port:

Distance from Yuzhnyi p/s to Dnepro-Bugskiy sea port equals to 47 miles.

Vessels’ restrictions dimensionwise:

  • LOA – 215m
  • Breadth moulded – 32.5m
  • Draft – 10.3m (10.5m draft may be granted depending on weather/water level conditions).

For vessels exceeding above dimensions pls apply in advance.

Draft restrictions along the piers:

  • pier #1 – 5m,
  • pier #2 – 6m,
  • pier #3,4,5 – 10.3m

Pilotage restrictions:

  • LOA >187m or draft >10m=10.3m – assisting tugboat required along BDL channel any time,
  • Draft >10.3 = 10.5m – assisting tugboat required along BDL channel/daytime sailing only,
  • LOA = any and draft > 8m – assisting tugboat required along BDL channel at dark time commencing since 1500lt,
  • LOA >150m or draft > 10m – assisting tugboats required along approaching Dnepro-Bugskiy port channel.
  • Pilotage is obligatory,
  • Tugboats usage obligatory on mooring/unmooring operations.

Dnepro-Bugskiy Sea Port General Information

  • Port Regulations And Navigational Information

    It is a mouth port on the left bank of Bugskiy Liman (estuary) in the vicinity to Russkaya Spit, 10 miles southward from Nikolaev Sea Port, 32 miles from the Black Sea. The port is navigable year-round (For information about weather conditions refer to the section Nikolaev Sea Port.) The port’s waters are protected by a dam. The berths are equipped with fender protection. Port waters include the water area between the berthing line and the protective dam. It is connected to the Bugsko-Dneprovsko-Limanskiy Channel (BDLC) via the approach channel, which is 3.14 km in length and 100 m in width. The passage draft is 10.3 m. The depth of the port’s waters is 11.5 m, and near the berths the maximum possible depth is 11.5 m. The total area of the port’s waters is 98 ha.

  • Entering Port

    Hours prior to the arrival shipmasters of seagoing cargo vessels shall inform the Harbour Master of Nikolaev MSP, setting forth ETA at the port. No later than 48 hours prior to approaching the port, the Port Operator and Agent should be ad­vised of ETA, the ship’s name, overall length, width, draft; its type and quantity of cargo.

  • Navigational Conditions

    The port regularly accommodates panamax type ships of 215-230 m in length, with their ton­nage of up to 60,000t. Passage of ships in the BDLC to the port ap­proach channel is possible only during daytime when visibility exceeds 2 miles. Ships can enter and leave the port 24 hours a day, but large-ton­nage vessel traffic in the port’s approach channel is not advised when visibility is less than 2 miles. Ship traffic within port waters is regulated by State Port Control Inspection over VHF radio. Inside port waters the speed of large tonnage seagoing vessels in load should not exceed 3 knots and, when in ballast, 6 knots. Small-tonnage ships can move through the approach channel s speeds of up to 9 knots. Ships leaving the port shall give way to ships proceeding along bend No. 9 of BDLC, and to ships in the maneuverable zone or approaching such zones from bend No. 8 and No. 10 m BDLC. Ships overtaking in the port’s approach channel is forbidden.

  • Pilotage

    Pilotage is compulsory for ships bound for Dnepro-Bugskiy Port. Besides a line pilot, each ship shall pick up a port pilot either at buoy No. 73 on bend No.8 of BDLC or at buoy No. 93 on bend No. 10. Exception is only made for ships comman­ded by shipmasters tested in State Port Соntrol Inspection, who received permission to sail unassisted in the port’s waters. The liner pilot must be ordered 8 hours prior to ship’s departure, followed up with further verification of exact time hours prior to departure; the order is addressed to the Harbour Master in written form. In stormy weather and heavy ice navigation conditions the place for pilot embarkation/dis­embarkation can be chosen by shipmaster’s аgreement with the pilot and the Harbour Master.

  • Tug Assistance

    Pilotage through the port approach channel of seagoing ships of 187 m in length or more must be performed with tug assistance; the required number of tugs is fixed by the Captain on Duty of SPCI of SE NMSP. In the port mooring op­erations are also to be carried out with the help of port tugs. Requests for port tugs are submitted to the Operator 2 hours prior to the commencement of mooring operations. During ice period it is given to State Port Control Inspection of SE NMSP. Mooring operations are forbidden for ships in load when the wind speed is 15 m/s or more. When ships are in ballast, mooring operations are impossible under wind speed of 12 m/s or more. Setting up a tug convoy for two small-ton­nage, non-self propelled ships may be carried out only southward of BDLC bend No. 9 and north­ward of the parallel 46°45′. When organizing a convoy, it is prohibited to block up the BDLC or port approach channel. Within port waters only one ship (barge) may be towed, and tug capacity should ensure a run­ning speed of no less than 4 knots, provided the steering is safe. From the moment when the ice navigation announced all maneuvers and berthing opera­tions of cargo vessels in the port must be carried out with a pilot on board.

  • Anchorage

    In the outer roads (bell mouth), the temporary anchorage No. 1 at point: Latitude 46°44’37″N Longitude 31°54’21″E, is suitable for one large- tonnage sea ship up to 215 m and the draft 9.8 m. In the inner roads, there is the anchorage No. 2 at point with coordinates: Latitude 46°46’13″N, Longitude 31°56’17″E, is suitable for one large- tonnage sea ship of up to 215 m in length and 10.3 m in draft. At this anchorage short-term moor­age is also permitted for large tonnage sea ships of more than 215 m in length under compulsory tug support and when wind force does not exceed 4, in order to handle and carry out mooring operations with other ships in the port.

  • Policy on Staying in Port

    For ships with length exceeding 215 m, anchorage in the outer or inner roads, pilotage through port’s approach channel and ship’s berthing are all carried out in compliance with Working Rules Applied to Oversized Units (OSU) and under control of the Harbour Master or his Deputy. While pending berth, ships of river – sea and river types are anchored southward of the site of bend No. 9 or northward of parallel 46°45′. In stormy weather the laying-up berth for small- tonnage ships and floating structures is deter­mined by State Port Control Inspection. Mooring and shifting of vessels at the ports berths are carried out under the supervision of DBMSP LLC NAE stevedores. Inspectors of SPCI NMSP perform surveillance of mooring operations.


    The port specialization is to handle import­ed bauxite for Nikolaev and Zaporozhye alu­mina plants. Its capacity is 5M t of bauxites and 500,000t of other cargoes. In 2012, DBMSP LLC NAE handled 4,444,300t of cargo. Bauxites are handled on berths Nos. 3, 4, 5. The port transfers bauxite ore and other cargo from large-tonnage vessels in the roadstead port point No. 1 of SE DBMSP. The port organized the export transshipment of acetic acid, alumina, molasses and residual fuel oil.


    The port’s area is 25 ha. The port has 2 railway tracks; the approach ways to the berths for mo­tor transport. There is one cargo area in the port. The berthing line totals 810 m. There are 5 berths in the port.

  • Storage Facilities

    The port comprises a yard of 15,800 sq. m for storage of up to 150,000t of bauxites, and an open area for general cargo storage.

  • Specialized Terminals

    Molasses Handling Terminal
    It is supplied with all types of equipment for the round-year work including that for warming up of molasses in winter. Storage facilities to ac­cumulate molasses have the total capacity of 20,000t. The terminal is owned by the company UKRPISHCHESBYTSYRYO Ltd. Molasses are carried to a berth by a special pipeline. Loading is carried out into tankers (berth No 3). In 2011, they handled 560,000t.

    Residual Fuel Oil Handling Terminal
    It is intended for export of residual fuel oil. The terminal is located on berth No. 5. Its capacity is 1M t a year, 20,000 t a day. There are 6 reservoirs for accumulation of residu­al fuel oil, which are owned by LLC Nikolaev Alumina Plant. It provides simultaneous storage of 35,000t. The terminal enables rail tanks to be handled.