Location: Bourgas lies at the head of Burgaski Zaliv on the N side of the bay, the first large seaport for vessels entering the Black Sea.
General overview: Bourgas has facilities for general, ore and tanker cargoes.
Traffic figures: Approx cargo output is between 6,500,000t and 7,500,000t of general and bulk cargo and approx 12,000,000t of petroleum products annually.
Load Line zone: Summer.
PRE ARRIVAL INFORMATION
ETAs: ETA messages should be sent to the vessels agent at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Any variation in the ETA should be advised as soon as possible. The ETA message should include the exact ETA of the vessel and number of passengers and crew.
Documentation required: The following are required:
1. Cargo Plan 3
2. Notice of Readiness 4
3. Crew List 5
4. Crew Personal Effects Declaration 3
5. Money List 3
6. Stores List 3
7. Maritime Declaration of Health 1
In addition, all the ships certificates should
be available for inspection.
Radio: Varna Radio, which operates throughout 24 hours, should be used for passing ETA messages. Inmarsat communications are possible and may be used for direct contact with the vessels agent.
Health regulations: Radio pratique can be applied for through the vessels agent or after arrival. Derat and Derat Exemption certificates can be renewed.
Customs and immigration: Crew proceeding ashore are allowed 2 packets of cigarettes. If this amount is exceeded a fine may be imposed.
The immigration office requires a seamans passport
prior to issuing a shore pass.
Notices of readiness: NOR should be tendered in accordance with the vessels charter party.
Port limits: The port area of Bourgas consists of all waters W of a line joining Nos Lakhna, Lat 42°33N, Long 027°34E and Nos Talasakra, (Kavos Nikolo), Lat 42°27N, Long 027°39E, 7nm SE.
The port area is divided into an outer and inner harbour. The boundary between the 2 harbours is the line joining Nos Poros and Nos Burgas.
Sea buoys, fairways and channels: The outer harbour is entered via a Traffic Separation Scheme which leads W from the traffic roundabout, centred on Lat 42°29N, Long 027°42E.
The E approach to Bourgas is as follows:
Initial position, traffic roundabout centred at Lat 42°29N, Long 028°05E.
The E approach route to Bourgas leads W for approx 16nm via a Traffic Separation Scheme, through waters clear of chartered dangers to the traffic roundabout, centred on Lat 42°29N, Long 027°42E, at the entrance of the inner part of Burgaski Zaliv.
The NE approach to Bourgas is as follows:
Initial position, traffic roundabout, centred 3nm SE of Nos Emine, Lat 42°42N, Long 027°54E.
The NE approach route to Bourgas leads SW for 15nm via
a Traffic Separation Scheme to the traffic roundabout, centred, Lat 42°29N,
Long 027°42E at the entrance to the inner part of Burgaski Zaliv,
passing, (with positions from Nos Emine light):
SE of Nos Emine, Lat 42°42N, Long 027°54E, bold headland with cliffs from 36-45m in height; close SE of Banka Koketrays, 3nm SSW. A shoal with a depth of 15.2m over it; SE of Nesebur light, (white stone tower, 8m in height), 8nm WSW; SE of Pomorie light, (white stone tower, 9m in height, 13.5nm SW; N of the lightbuoy, (special), Lat 42°29N, Long 027°42E, which marks the centre of the traffic roundabout.
The coastal route across the entrance to Burgaski is
Initial position, traffic roundabout centred at Lat 42°29N, Long 028°05E. The coastal route across the channel to Burgaski Zaliv leads NW for 11nm, via a Traffic Separation Scheme, to the traffic roundabout, centred, Lat 42°40N, Long 027°57E, 3nm SE of Nos Emine.
Directions for the inner part of Burgaski Zaliv are as follows:
Initial position, traffic roundabout centred at position, Lat 42°29N, Long 027°42E.
The route through the outer harbour leads W for approx
6nm via a Traffic Separation Scheme, the centre line of which is marked by 3
lightbuoys (special), to the anchorage areas, passing, (with positions from
Sveta Anastasyia light, Lat 42°28N, Long 027°33E):
N of Nos Talasakra, 4.3nm ESE. A steep-to-point; S of Stavro Banka, 5nm NE. A shoal with a least depth of 4.6m, which is marked by a lightbuoy, (E Cardinal); N of Nos Akin, 2.9nm ESE. A shoal on which there are several above water rocks, 2 cables NE; N of Nos Atiya, 1.5nm ESE, may be identified by an isloated, rounded, hill 5 cables S, on which stands an Hellenic fortress and a beacon 8m in height; S of Banka Spitfire, 2.9nm NNE; N of Ostrov Bolshevik. An islet approx 24m in height, a light stands on the islet.
The Traffic Seperation Scheme is not IMO adopted, however
the Bulgarian authorities advise that the principles for the use of the routeing
system, defined in Rule 10 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions
at Sea, apply.
Pilot: Pilotage is compulsory for all foreign vessels. Pilots are embarked in position, Lat 42°29N, Long 027°43E. They are available throughout 24 hours and should be ordered 8 hours prior to arrival at the anchorage area.
Anchorages: Anchorage area have been established between 5 cables and 2.5nm ENE of Nos Poros as follows, (numbered from W to E):
Area Available for
No 1 Vessels up to 5,000grt;
No 2 Vessels over 5,000grt;
No 3 Tankers;
No 4 Vessels in quarantine and carrying dangerous cargo.
Tidal range and flow: Nil.
Dock density: 1012.
Weather: Prevailing winds: Variable.
VHF: VHF ch 16, 14 and 10.
Principal navigation aids: Sveti Ivan light, Lat 42°26N, Long 027°42E.
Sveta Anastasiya light, (white round, concrete tower, 12m in height), Lat 42°28N, Long 027°33E, stands on Ostrov Bolshevik.
Charts: 2399, 2230. Admiralty Pilot NP24.
Tugs: There are 9 tugboats from 600hp to 2,400hp available.
BERTHS AND CARGO
Length Berths Depth
East Harbour 1,390 5 7.34-10.05
Bulk Cargoes Harbour 695 5 10.97
West Harbour 1,012 5 10.97
Oil Harbour 265 4 7.39-13.71
Storage: The following storage is available:
East Harbour: Open, 38,400sq m; covered, 38,682sq m.
Bulk Cargoes Harbour: Open, 32,125sq m; covered, 4,000sq m.
West Harbour: Open, 191,000sq m; covered, 11,000sq m.
Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available.
Bunkering: Available if notice is tendered well in advance.
Transport: Nearest airport: Approx 8km.
Nearest railway: Bourgas.
Public holidays: New Years Day (Jan 1), Labour Days (May 1 and 2), Day of Bulgarian Culture, Education and Slav Script (May 24).
Working hours: Throughout 24 hours, work is carried out on a 3 shift basis as follows, 0600-1400hrs, 1400-2200hrs and 2300-0600hrs.