MASAN(35-11-00N / 128-34-00E)


No bunker storage tanks around here, Barge should carry bunkers from Pusan whenever demanded.

 Method Of Delivery

 By barge or oil lighter


 All kinds

 Minimum Charge

 USD300 in case under 100 MT lumpsum

Additional Barge Charge  More or less USD200


 For quotation


Masan port is located on the southeastern coast about 64.8km by sea from Pusan. It is natural harbour well sheltered in all directions. The port has in recent years gained considerable importance following the selection of the area for the first "free trade zone" in the country. Plans were set up in order to cope with the facilities of the port to handle the export and import traffic of the new industries which have attracted much foreign investments.
Masan is approached from the western channel of the Korea Straits to the south. From the Straits vessels pass through Kadok-sudo (Kadok-Channel) than Pudo-sudo (Pudo-Channel) before reaching the entrance to Masan harbour. Masan Bay, consisting of lower and upper Masan, can be approached through either Pudo-sudo with depth from 7 fathoms or Tong-sudo with depth from 6 fathoms. The 5-fathom curve runs close to the shore, the entire radius of lower Masan. Pudo-sudo, the northwesterly continuation of Kadok-sudo, is narrow inlet about 18.5km long and is entered between Ha-do and Chidori, Chinhae port and Haengam-Masan. Islands and inlets fringe its eastern shore. Masan-po, the inner bay at the extreme northern end of Pudo-sudo, recedes about 9.3km northward and is entered through a narrow channel between the western point of Somo-do (also known as Mo-do or Mo-to) and a dark 10.9km islet about 600 yards to the westward. A light house is shown from this islet. There is deep water in this channel and it is free from dangers. Within the entrance the passage remains relatively narrow, between steep treeless hills, after which it opens out into a bay about 3.7km wide. Cho-do, the barren islet at the inner end of the narrow passage leading into the harbour, is fairly steep and can be passed on either side, the depths being 5 fathoms and greater, decreasing as you pass the islet and approach piers.
A well-lighted factory on the southwest side of the harbour is a good landmark. There are two fixed red beacons to the rear of pier No. 1 and two more in the vicinity of the power plant. Reefs, drying rocks and islets encumber the approach. The more dangerous points are marked by buoys. The principal navigational hazards are either apparent or well-marked as indicated on from Chinhae port to the Masan anchorage during the night, due to the numerous fishing nets across the channel, the channel is narrow and unlighted and even during daylight considerable traffics will be encountered. Great caution must be exercised to avoid these fishing nets as the nets are sometimes stretched completely across the channel.
At Masan the mean high water interval is 8m~19m.
The mean range of tide is 1.34m, the spring is 1.89m, the neap rise is 1.37m. Currents in the harbour entrance channel set southeast during is about 1 knot at flood and about 1/2 knot at ebb tides. Tidal current up to 1 knot at flood and 2 knots on the ebb are experienced in lower Masan Bay. These currents are not severe enough to effect normal cargo operations. Except for an average of two typhoon warnings yearly, which all South Korea generally experiences, weather has little effect on cargo operations at Masan. Swells reach critical proportions only during severe storms, due to the sheltered nature of the harbour. The prevailing winds are generally moderate and are from the north to northwest during April and from the northwestward to south during June and July. Fog occurs frequently from March to April and occasionally from May to August. However, the fog is usually of short duration. Storm signals are displayed to Masan. Rainfalls an average 1.5m a year. Normally the months of June through August have the most rainful.
Masan pilotage is compulsory from Kadok-do pilot station to harbour and vice versa. Pilots may be arranged either from Kadok-do pilot station 35-01-40N, 128-46-55E or from Masan quarantine anchorage 35-10-00N, 128-35-06E. At 2 hours prior to arrival pilot station, master of vessels should contact Masan port control on VHF Ch. 14 and should also notify ETA, arrival draft, previous port, destination and etc.
The port is administered by KMPA, Masan. Quarantine, customs, immigration, harbour police and other normal port services are available. Quarantine officials go on board vessels at quarantine anchorage.

The harbour limit is marked by a line across the harbour entrance from a point on the mainland northward of the Chongryang-San, line extending parallel with the 35-09-00N to east of Tong-do. Masan is a natural coastal harbour and is located within the inner bay at the extreme northern and of Pudo-sudo. The port consists of a bay with a length of about 5.5km and a width of 12.9km, the southern part about 3,7km in the area abreast of the port.

The entrance channel into Upper Masan is divided by Cho-do. This islet can be passed on either side and the channels are about 500 yards wide. There are deep water in these channels and they are free from dangers. The least depth in the approach channel to pier No.1 is reported to be 7.3m. However, due to the limited maneuvering room to the right and left of the approach channel, vessels drawing more than 6.5m should approach pier No. 1 with caution.


Outer anchorage (Lower Masan)
Lower Masan Bay is about 5.6km long and average 1,280m width with depth over 6 fathoms from Somo-do north into the entrance to Upper Masan Bay. The 5 fathoms curve runs close to shore throughout Lower Masan Bay. This area could provide, within a radius of 3.7km of the center of the port facilities, 6 classes 11 free-swinging berths. The bottom being predominantly mud provides good holding ground.

Inner anchorage (Upper Masan)
The harbour and middle part of bay have general depth of 3 fathoms. However, there is a gradual shoaling to dry banks at the head of the bay. There are depths of less than 4.6m southwestward of a line from the position closed southward of pier No. 1 to the east end of the peninsula southwestward of Cho-do. Vessel drawing up to 7.9m can anchor in 10m mud, with the north side Cho-do island bearing 242, about 7.32m from the island. Only one vessel drawing over 7.32m can anchor in Upper Masan harbour because of the numerous shoal spots. Vessels with similar draft should consult with their agents, at least 48 hours in advance of ETA in order to insure that an anchorage berth is, or will be, available upon arrival. There are nine designated free swinging berths, numbered A-1 through A-9 in Lower Masan harbour.