The Enreprise Portuaire de Bejaia (French) is the port authority for the Port of Bejaia. The port's priorities include providing timely and safe service to ships and goods using the Port of Bejaia, ensuring that every customer profits from the high quality of service, and improving the facilities that serve passengers.
In 2008, the Port of Bejaia welcomed 34.7 thousand passengers and 10.7 thousand vehicles. The Port of Bejaia handled a total cargo volume of 15.7 million tons, including 9.9 million tons of liquid bulks, 2.9 million tons of solid bulk, 2.1 million tons of non-containerized goods, and 748 thousand tons of containerized cargoes in 116.4 thousand TEUs. In addition to cabotage, cargoes consisted of 13.9 million tons of imports and 1.3 million tons of exports.
Liquid bulk cargoes were dominated by crude oil (8.5 million tons) and refined hydrocarbons (975 thousand tons). Dry bulk cargoes included a record volume of wheat (one million tons), other cereals, and soya beans. Exports were dominated by crude oil (8.5 million tons), while imports were dominated by agricultural products and foodstuffs (4.7 million tons), including 1.3 million tons of cereals and over one million tons of wheat. Imports also included 822 thousand tons of refined hydrocarbons, 425.8 thousand tons of ferrous metals, 180.5 thousand tons of minerals and construction materials, 165.4 thousand tons of chemical products, and 458.7 thousand tons of various goods.
The construction of the modern Port of Bejaia began in 1870, but the old port was not completed until 1911. Improvements were made in 1930. In 1958, facilities for tankers were established, and the first tanker arrived in 1960. In 1987, the quay was expanded and the ports modern infrastructure was constructed.
Since 1950, the Port of Bejaia has experienced significant changes in the type and volume of cargoes. In 1952, the Port of Bejaia handled only 55 thousand tons of general cargo. That volume steadily increased over the years, reaching 4.6 million tons in 2005. Over the years, the types of cargo shifted from general goods to petroleum and petroleum products. In 2005, as much as 86% of the exports leaving the Port of Bejaia were related to hydrocarbons. Today, the Port of Bejaia is Algeria's second busiest seaport.
The Port of Bejaia serves a vast hinterland to the south through a complex network of roads and railways complemented by the international airport. It also serves the nearby Industrial Park of Bejaia.
The main access route to the Port of Bejaia is a 320-meter wide channel dredged to depts. From 10 to 13.5 meters. The Abdelkader channel is 110 meters wide and dredged to 12 meters. The channel serving the Kasbah is 125 meters wide and dredged to a depth of 12 meters. The Port of Bejaia contains three basins. The main basin, mainly serving oil tankers, covers 75 hectares of water surface and has depths ranging from 10 to 13.5 meters. The basin of the old port covers 26 hectares of water surface, and its quays have alongside depths from six to eight meters. The back port basin covers 55 hectares of water surface and has depths from 10 to 12 meters.
The Port of Bejaia's Oil Port Quay contains three berthing positions of 250 and 260 meters in length with alongside depths of 11.5 and 13.5 meters. The Exchange Quay has two berthing positions of 98 meters in length with alongside depth of 8 meters. The Northwest Quay contains two berthing positions of 273 meters in length and alongside depth of 8 meters. The Kasbah Quay has two berthing positions in the old port with length of 257 meters and alongside depth of 8 meters. The Quay of Kasbah Passes has one berthing position 146 meters long with alongside depth of 8.5 meters. The Southwest Quay has two berthing positions in the back port that are 230 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters. The Quai de la Gare has two berthing positions in the back port that are 530 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters. The New Quay has four berthing positions in the back port that are 750 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters.
The Port of Bejaia contains 17.5 thousand square meters of covered storage and 400 thousand square meters of open storage yards.
The Port of Bejaia's Container Terminal is managed by Bejaia Mediterranean Final (BMT), a joint venture between Enreprise Portuaire de Bejaia (EPB) and Sengaporean PORTEK. The terminal has capacity for 250 EVP. The terminal has two gantry cranes with capacity for 65 tons and five RTGs for storage and stacking.
The Wood Terminal in the Port of Bejaia was opened in 2005. This specialized terminal covers 7.1 hectares. In addition to handling wood cargoes, the terminal is equipped to treat wood shipments.
The only center for dangerous goods in Algeria is located in the Port of Bejaia. Covering an area of seven thousand square meters, it includes six hangars of 1.4 thousand square meters.