The Port of Shuaiba (or Ash-Shu’ayba) lies on the northeastern shores of the Persian Gulf in southeastern Kuwait about 45 kilometers southeast of Kuwait City. The nation’s second port, it is also home to an oil refinery, a petrochemical plant, and a seafood-packing plant. The city is home to one of the biggest seawater desalinization plants in the world, and over two thousand people live in the Port of Shuaiba.
The Port of Shuaiba was created to support the city’s industries, and it is the country’s second port for commercial cargoes. The most important cargoes, give priority in cargo-handling, are imported raw materials, equipment, and machinery for the industrial area and exports of products made there.
The Kuwait Ports Authority manages and operates the Port of Shuaiba. The Port of Shuaiba contains three major areas: dry cargo berths, small craft and barge harbor, and chemical tanker berth.
The Port of Shuaiba contains 20 berths of a total 4068 meters long at depths ranging from 10 to 14 meters for containers and commercial traffic. Container vessels use four of the berths. The oil pier is deeper: it has a depth of 16 meters.
The small craft basin at the Port of Shuaiba, with alongside depth of 4 meters, has three piers with total length of 475 meters. The barge basin contains four piers totaling 905 meters in length with alongside depth of 6 meters.