INCHON (37-28-00N / 126-37-00E)


 Method Of Delivery

 By barge or oil lighter


 All kinds

 Minimum Charge

 U$300 in case under 100 MT lumpsum


 For quotation


Inchon port located on the western coast of the Korean Peninsula has contributed greatly to the development of national economy and industries as a gateway to Seoul, the capital city of Korea. It is an artificial port with lockgate facilities which have overcome a tidal difference of 10 meters, and it is an international port equipped with various modernized harbour facilities. Inchon port, is the second rank to Pusan port in traffic volume and capability. Inchon port has berthing facilities capable of simultaneously accommodating 37 ships inclusive of 50,000 tons class ship.
There are two navigation channels, one for entering to the port from the sea and the other one for ship's departure. Channels are divided at An-do pilot station to the port and vice versa.
Under regulation by the KMPA., vessel's entrance to the port from the sea is made via East channel and vessel's departure to the sea from the port is made via West channel.
Navigating on the channel, the master of vessel is required to advise information of ship's position on passing points and best ETA to port control radio station through VHF CH 14, and arrival report(time and position) as well.
Inchon port has a large tidal range which amounts to over 10 meters in height. With the typhoon belt, the port is affected about three or four times a year by fringe winds and rain. Rainfall is on an average 103 days a year, the rainy season starts in July and tapers off in August. Fogs, generally of short duration with visibility rarely under 150 to 200 meters, occur frequently from May to July.
There are 2 pilot stations for entering Inchon and total 31 pilots are arranged through VHF CH 16 either from An-do pilot station in the outer approaches (for Master not familiar with the port) or from Palmi-do pilot station, Inchon pilotage is compulsory from Palmi-do to harbour anchorage/berth and vice versa, the references are ;
An-do pilot station : about 37-04-00N / 126-12-00E
Palmi-do pilot station : about 37-18-00N / 126-24-00E
And also pilotage is compulsory for shifting to berthing dock through the tidal basin dock from harbour anchorage and vice versa. But between An-do and Palmi-do is customary for deep-draft vessels as non-cumpulsory and distance is about 25 miles.
The port is administered by the Inchon District Maritime and Port Administration (KMPA, Inchon), whose headquarter is located on the mouth of the new tidal basin dock area.
Pratique is granted to vessels in the specified quarantine anchorage located in the Palmi-do area and one of extraordinary quarantine anchorage is sitting at neighboring harbour anchorage for innocent vessels and regular calling liner service vessels (depth : about 13.2 meters, position : 37-21-37 N / 126-33-16 E). Quarantine inspection and clearance arrangement may be made for any time in special cases on application during normal office hours.
Postal, overseas telephone, cable services for crew and radio, television, ship's radars are maintained at Inchon, also wire port telephone services throughout 24 hours between ship/shore on alongside berth at the tidal basin dock.
From A-1 to A-4 : for 5,000 G/T
From B-1 to B-11 : for 20,000 G/T
From C-1 to C-4 : for 20,000 G/T
From C-5 to C-8 : for 2,000 - 5,000 G/T
From D-1 to D-5 : for 50,000 G/T
From D-6 to D-9 : for 5,000 - 10,000 G/T
From E-1 to E-4 : for 15,000 G/T
Lock Facilities 
These are consist of 2 bases of Lock Chamber for 10,000 and 50,000 DWT. 
  Restriction of Lockgate :-
  • LOA : 255 meters
  • Beam : 32.2 meters
  • Draft : about 12.0 meters depend on tidal height
  Closing of Lockgate under following conditions :-
  • Visibility : under 0.5 miles
  • Wind Speed : over 14.0 M / Sec.
  • Tidal Height : over 2.0 meters at Outer-Harbour

Berths in Tidal BASIN Maximum allowable draft is about 12 meters depend on tidal height.

  • Pier 1 : 10 Berths for General cargoes, Log and Bulky cargoes
  • Pier 2 : 7 Berths for General cargoes, Log and Bulky cargoes
  • Pier 3 : 7 Berths for General cargoes, Log and Bulky cargoes
  • Pier 4 : 6 Berths for Container, Grain, Car and General cargoes
  • Pier 5 : 4 Berths for Car, Log and General cargoes
  • Pier 6 : 4 Berths for General cargoes and Log
  • Pier 7 : 4 Berths for Grain
  • Pier 8 : 4 Berths for Scrap, Log and General cargoes
The normal office working hours of the Customs and Immigration services are :
Weekdays : 09 : 00 - 18 : 00 hrs   Saturday : 09 : 00 - 13 : 00 hrs
Clearance for vessels by these two services, arrival and departure may be effected out of the above hours, as far as possible, provided for these being made during the above office hours.
Customs, Immigration and Harbour police officials go on board the vessel at harbour anchorage.
The port is available about 90 units of mobile shore crane with lifting capacity of about 10 tons upto 100 tons, except for 5 units of gantry crane for container handling which are sometimes useful for discharging grain.
Provisions and food supply
Seasonal foods and ship's chandlery are available, repairing engine and electric parts, ship's painting work, spare parts and store supplies are available.
Garbage disposal
At the anchorage, garbage scow arranged by ship's agent will come alongside and at the basin dock a trip every 2 days is compulsory for garbage disposal. Regulation requires ship's own toilets to be closed, therefore, all vessels are required to use portable pots in the tidal basin dock.