Cargo Services


Container loading/unloading services

“Loading” consists of moving full or empty containers from a pier, the terminal area, CFS, or a truck onto a vessel that has arrived and is docked at Port of Bandırma. “Unloading” consists of moving full or empty containers from a vessel directly onto a truck and taking them to the terminal area or CFS station.

Container shifting services

“Onboard shifting” consists of moving a full or empty container from one location aboard a vessel to another on the same vessel. “Vessel/alongside/vessel shifting” consists of unloading a container from a vessel onto the dock alongside and loading it back onto the same vessel again at another time.

Lashing/unlashing services

“Lashing” consists of securing a container loaded aboard a vessel in place in line with the captain’s wishes by means of bars, bridges, or rods. “Unlashing” consists of the removal of such stabilizing restraints. Although twistlock disengagement may be regarded as a form of unlashing, a separate charge may be made for this service at the port administration’s option.

Opening/closing container vessel cargo hatch covers

Cargo hatch covers on container vessels will be opened, removed to the dock, and later removed from the dock and closed again by the port in the absence of any other agreement and provided that the covers are properly fitted for this service. A fee is charged for each cargo hatch cover.

Loading containers onto vehicles and unloading them from vehicles

In container loading/unloading services involving vehicles and ferries or ro-ro ships, loading/unloading services in which port terminal transport vehicles are used will be treated as normal loading /unloading services (which is to say as if a crane had been employed). Container loading/unloading services involving vessels and vehicles other than the port’s own will be subject to charges at the normal rates specified for vehicle loadings and unloadings.

Container packing/unpacking

At the request of owners or of customs authorities, containers arriving at the port may be transferred to the CFS station and unpacked and the contents will be turned over to their owners or placed in storage. “Container packing” services consist of the opposite: goods taken into the warehouse area for exportation will be packed into containers after which their doors will be closed.

Once a container has been packed and sealed, it becomes the responsibility of its owner or his agent. No container that is unsealed will be accepted by the port for filling or packing and the port incurs no responsibility whatsoever on account of such actions.

The equipment and labor required for packing/unpacking containers at the port will be provided by the port and their costs will be treated part of the overall packing/unpacking charge. In other words, no separate charge will be made for equipment used in packing/unpacking containers unless otherwise stipulated.

Container contents lashing services may be provided by the port at the port’s option. The lashing materials must normally be supplied by the owner. If the materials are to be supplied by the port, the person making the request will be required to pay for them. The port does not issue any certificates for container contents lashing.

Containers for which loading/unloading services have been requested will be packed/unpacked in accordance with standard rules and regulations. The port will not be responsible for any damage that is incurred by loaded/unloaded goods that have been palletized, crated, packed, or lashed etc in non-standard ways.

The port is under no obligation to fulfill packing/unpacking service requests in situations that it deems to be unsuitable.

Container interior scavenging

Agents will be responsible for the cleanliness of containers that are to be packed in the port area and of containers that arrive empty at the port. At the agent’s request the interiors of containers will be scavenged (swept out) against payment of a charge.

All containers that are unpacked within the port area must be properly scavenged and the agent will be billed for the cost of this service.

Container repair

Containers that arrive in port in damaged condition will be repaired by the port against payment of charges to be specified by the port and insofar as circumstances allow. The port is under no obligation to certify compliance with international rules in the case of such repairs. The port will not allow outside parties to repair damaged containers within the port area. Damaged containers may only be repaired by others if they are removed from the port area first.

Electricity for reefers

The port will supply electricity against a charge for containers that require it both inside and outside the port area. The port maintains a supply of electricity sufficient to meet such needs and it is obliged to provide such electricity when requested by the owner of the goods or container.

Transit containers (Transhipment)

Containers which arrive by ship and are transferred from Port of Bandırma to another port or to a warehouse of a recipient that is subject to the transshipment regime as prescribed in the Customs Code and whose papers indicate that they are intended for transshipment are referred to as “transit containers”.

The agent concerned must notify port authorities of all transit containers that are to arrive or leave by ship before the containers are actually unloaded into the port area. Only containers for which such notification has been provided will qualify for transshipment rate charges, which will be based entirely on the information contained in their manifests and/or bills of lading.

Containers loaded with hazardous materials

Cargoes that qualify as “hazardous materials” or “dangerous goods” will be admitted to the port area only with the written approval of the harbormaster and appropriate public authorities and by the port’s consent.

No containers with any IMDG Class 1 (explosives) or IMDG Class 7 (radioactive materials) contents will be admitted to or retained or stored within the port area; nor may they be unloaded from vessels; nor will they be handled in any way by the port, including but not limited to placing them under tackle prior to loading aboard ship.

The port is authorized to require owners to supply all documentation that will assist in correctly classifying hazardous materials.

Containers with dangerous goods in them are segregated in reserved areas. For this reason, incoming containers whose contents are classified as “hazardous” will be sent directly to such areas and measures will be taken by the port as may be necessary to ensure this.