Mogadishu (SOMGQ)

Port Code SOMGQ City Mogadishu
Port Name Mogadishu Country/Region Somalia
Category Port City Route EAST AFRICA
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Mogadishu (SOMGQ)



      East African commercial port, capital of Somalia. It is located in the south of the country, northeast of the port city and adjacent to the Indian Ocean. It is 1122 nautical miles from Aden port in the north, 1129 nautical miles from bertala port, 226 nautical miles from Kismayo port in the south, 499 nautical miles from Mombasa port, and 2094 nautical miles from Colombo port in the East. There is a large jetty extending to the northeast of the port area, which forms a harbor basin with the northwest land bank, and ships enter the port from the northeast. There are three berths on the inner side of the jetty, with the water depth of 9-10m along the side. The top 3 berth is the crude oil berth, and the southwest 1 and 2 berths are the general berths. Berth No. 4 is located at the west end of the harbor and berth No. 5 is located at the northwest land bank. Its water depth is only 8.2 meters, which is used for coastal trade. There is also an offshore buoy oil berth in the southwest of the port area, which can moor oil tankers with a draft of 12 meters. Export livestock, leather, frankincense, myrrh, gum Arabic, import grain, industrial products, department stores, etc.

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Summary of SOMGQ

The Port of Mogadishu (Port Code:SOMGQ), also known as the Mogadishu International Port, is the official seaport of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Classified as a major class port, it is the largest harbour in the country. Since the Roman empire, a commercial port called Sarapion existed in what is now modern Mogadishu. However, during the Middle Ages the port of Mogasdishu was very small and only with the arrival of the Italians in 1890 were the first improvements made in order to create a modern port. The port has since increased in capacity to become most important port of Somalia and one of the biggest in eastern Africa.
Mogadiscio is the capital and principal port of Somalia. The port is formed by a large artificial breakwater providing 6 berths for deep sea vessels. It is reported that the port of Mogadiscio re-opened in August 2006 after more than 11 years and is now able to accept vessels of up to 8,000DWT. Whilst the port was closed, alternative operations for discharging and loading were being conducted by a lighterage system in El Maan Harbour, 17nm NE of Mogadiscio, in approx position 02°09.9'N 045°35.6'E.