The Port of Ras Laffan is located on Qatar’s northeastern shores off the Arabian Gulf. It is about 70 kilometers north-northeast of the Port of Doha in Ad Dawhah, the country’s capital. The Port of Ras Laffan is an industrial city with little residential community.
The Port of Ras Laffan is a deep-water port that can handle the largest ocean-going vessels, and it operates the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas export facility, covering an area of 850 hectares. The main exports leaving the Port of Ras Laffan include liquefied natural gas, condensate, and sulfur. As commercial traffic grows, the port will be expanded. Long-term studies are underway to assess the need for enhanced facilities at the Port of Ras Laffan.
The Port of Ras Laffan is protected by the main breakwater to the north that is six kilometers long and a second breakwater to the south that is five kilometers long. A 400-meter entrance brings vessels to a 5.5 kilometer long approach channel dredged to 15 meters. Pilotage is required for all vessels traveling to the Port of Ras Laffan except where the Master deems pilotage unnecessary.
The Port of Ras Laffan offers several berths for commercial and industrial use. Three berths for liquefied natural gas carriers have capacity to handle 135 thousand cubic meters of product. Accommodating vessels to 345 meters in length, two berths are provided for loading condensate, napthenic caustic, and liquefied petroleum gas. A 420-meter long berth for exploration and production supply vessels can serve ships to 70 meters long with a draft up to 4.7 meters. The heavy-lift roll-on/roll-off / lift-on/lift-off berth is 150 meters long and can accommodate vessels to 21 thousand DWT.