Port Warri

Warri Port is a tidal port. As a result, the high water for the day determines when a vessel can cross the Escravos Bar and be able to safely moor alongside Warri berth or any other port at Warri.

A vessel may transit the Warri Channel in a day or two, depending on the time of high water at Escravos Bar for the day. Same scenario when departing Warri port.

In a situation where vessel is unable to transit the channel in a day,  vessel  will be made to cross the Escravos Bar with the height of water for the day and anchor  overnight at buoy 19 or 23, then continue with the journey to berth following morning or alternatively keep adrift at safe distance off Warri fwb and wait till next morning early am, to be able to make a day transit to Warri Port with the next high water for the day. KINDLY NOTE THAT PASSING THE NIGHT AT BUOY 19 OR 23 requires security arrangement to  watch over the vessel.

Also note that night navigation is not allowed in Warri. If the height of water is in the night, for instance, vessel won’t be able to berth or sail till following morning.

Two Pilots are expected to attend to vessel (in and out). The River Pilots will take vessel from Warri fwb to Bennet Island and hand over the ship to Nigerian Ports Authority’s Pilots from Bennet Island to berth at Warri port or any other ports within Warri Pilotage, depending on destination of vsl. Same process when leaving the Port to Warri fwb.

Cargo ops is expected to commence shortly once vsl is alongside and it will be on 24 hrs basis, agw/wp (this is applicable to general cargo only).

Warri Port is along Coastal area of the country. As such, you should expect frequent rain breaks in between ops.

Current permissible draft at the Escravos Bar is 6.4 m. Any vessel drawing above 6.4 m won’t be able to cross the Escravos bar and may be penalized by the harbor Master in case of blocking the channel.

The Warri port consists of the main Warri port, Sapele, DSC Aladja Jetty and Koko port.

Warri port has the following terminals:


Julius Berger
• Canal berth 1= 5.8 m
• Canal berth 2= 6.0 m

AMS Terminal
• Berth 1 =5.8 m
• Berth 2 =5.8 m

INTELS Terminal
• RORO = 6.0 m
• New Port 3A = 6.0 m
• New Port 3 = 5.5 m
• New Port 4 = (under construction)

DSC ALADJA – 6.4 m
KOKO PORT – 6.4 m