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General

Q: What is findaport.com?

Findaport.com is an interactive port information application that allows searching information on ports and terminals worldwide. This comprehensive online resource amalgamates all the information found in our various print and electronic publications, including the highly respected Guide to Port Entry and Guide to Tanker Ports.

Q: Where do you get your information from?

Our published data is researched and updated daily by our team of editors and checked using only authenticated sources such as port authorities, agents and operators. This process is undertaken at least once in every 2 year cycle. Therefore, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are accessing the most up-to-date information available to us on the ports you visit.

Q: Does findaport.com include continually updated numbers of dry bulk load and discharge rates, and also the current port costs for loading bulkers?

No, findaport.com does not include port costs as these vary too frequently to keep on top of. However, direct links to the port and terminal websites are included, where available and when we have been given this information.
 
Where available, access to any loading/discharge rate information is included.

Q: How is the information structured?

Port information is laid out in a logical sequence including a general description, pre-arrival requirements, max. size, safety and security, communications, berthing operations, cargo and shore facilities, regulations and other local information. Port plans, mooring diagrams, photos and maps, many georeferenced, provide valuable information for many ports and berths.

Q: What are ACE Reports?

Many entries also benefit from reports of Actual Conditions Experienced (ACE Reports) at given ports and facilities. These invaluable reports (nearly 2,500 in total), supplied by shipmasters, officers and others at the front end of the maritime industry, provide a unique insight into the facilities and conditions encountered by fellow seafarers.

Q: How can I search the data?

You can search using the port name, country, geographical location, port facilities, cargo facilities or dry dock facilities. Searches can be saved for later reuse. Findaport.com also provides over 4,700 full colour port plans, high resolution aerial photography, maps and port photos. For more information on how to search click here.
To view a video tutorial on how to search click here.

Q: What is throttling?

Throttling is a limitation we place upon the use of findaport.com within a given time period, in order to prevent potential abuse of the system.

 


Subscriptions

Q: What levels of subscription do you offer?

There is only one subscription level which enables you to access all of our detailed information online.
Subscriptions are governed by our Terms of Use and our Acceptable Usage Policy.

Q: Is VAT applicable?

VAT will be charged at the applicable rate, currently 20%, on all UK subscriptions. This product is not available to non-business users in the EU.

 


How to use findaport.com

To view video tutorials on how to use findaport.com click here

Q: What is the dashboard?

The dashboard is the users personal homepage. It can be configured to hold lists of favourite searches and favourite ports, whilst having access to the search page, support forum, weather and any news and announcements from findaport.com.

Q: How do I add a favourite port?

You can add favourite ports onto your dashboard so that they may be accessed directly from your dashboard, without having to perform a search again.

To add a port to your favourites list, search for your desired port. In the Port Summary panel there is an 'Add to Favourites' icon at the top right corner. Clicking on the icon once will save the port into your favourites list.

The 'Add to Favourites' icon can also be found at the top right corner of the details page for each of the ports.

Q: Why am I receiving usage throttled messages?

In order to prevent potential abuse of the system, we limit usage activities to a certain amount in a given time period. If you have reached this limit, you will receive a throttling message. However, you can usually continue to use the system after a short time.

Q: What is an API?

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of functions or protocols documented by a data provider to allow 3rd parties access to their dataset.

 


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How to search for a port on findaport.com

To view video tutorials on how to use findaport.com click here

Basic search example:

Q: How do I search for all the ports in a particular country?

1. Log into findaport.com with your login details.
2. Click on the Search link at the top navigation bar.

Navigation Bar by Shipping Guides Ltd

3. You will see the search bar located near the top of the page. From the Country drop down list, choose a country and then click the blue Search button located on the far right of the search bar.

Country Drop Down List by Shipping Guides Ltd

Alternatively, you can search by port name only or define your search by selecting the desired country and the port name together for a more specific list.

4. The list of ports for your chosen country is displayed in the Results panel. Click on one of the ports in the results list, the summary of the chosen port will appear in the Port Summary panel.

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Please note: If you are searching for part of a ports' name please put an * before and after the letters to find the required port.

E.g. If you are searching for Porto Lavante, simply typing in 'Lavante' will not display this port in the port summary box. Type any combination of characters with the * before and after (*lav*, *ante*, *lavante*) and all ports having these characters in this order will be displayed.

Advanced search example:

Q: How do I find all the ports in Australia that contain cranes and tankers in their cargo facilities?

1. Log into findaport.com with your login details.
2. Click on the Search link at the top navigation bar.
3. You will see the search bar located near the top. Click on the Advanced link on the far right of the search bar.

Port Advanced Search by Shipping Guides Ltd

4. Choose Australia from the Country drop down list, check the tick boxes for cranes and tankers, and then click the blue Search button located on the far right of the search bar.
5. The list of ports in Australia that have cranes and tankers in their cargo facilities are displayed in the Results panel. You can click on the Basic link on the top right of the search bar to minimise the Advanced search feature.

Australia Ports by Shipping Guides Ltd

Please note: If you are searching for part of a ports' name please put an * before and after the letters to find the required port.

E.g. If you are searching for Porto Lavante, simply typing in 'Lavante' will not display this port in the port summary box. Type any combination of characters with the * before and after (*lav*, *ante*, *lavante*) and all ports having these characters in this order will be displayed.

Q: How do I save a search?

1. Log into findaport.com with your login details.
2. Click on the Search link at the top navigation bar.

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3. You will see the search bar located near the top, click on the Advanced link on the far right of the search bar.
4. Specify your search. For example, choose a country in the Country drop down list and choose the facilities you would like to specify.

Port Advanced Search by Shipping Guides Ltd

5. In the far right of the search bar, you will see a box titled Search name, this is where you can name your search. For example, if you would like to search for all the ports in Algeria and have specified the search criteria, you can name this “All Algerian Ports”.
6. Click on the Save button. Now you have saved your search.

Port Save Search by Shipping Guides Ltd

 
Q:  How do I access the saved searches?

1. Navigate to your dashboard page by clicking on the Dashboard link just below the top navigation bar.
2. You will see one of your panels is called Saved Searches. This is where your saved searches are stored. You can click on any of your saved searches in this panel to view your search results.

Saved Port Search by Shipping Guides Ltd

 
Q: How do I bookmark/save a favourite port?

1. Log into findaport.com with your login details.
2. Click on the Search link at the top navigation bar.

Port Navigation Bar by Shipping Guides Ltd

3. You will see the search bar located near the top of the page. From the Country drop down list, choose a country and then click the blue Search button located on the far right of the search bar.

Search Port by Shipping Guides Ltd

4. The list of ports for your chosen country is displayed in the Results panel. Click on one of the ports in the results list, the summary of the chosen port will appear in the Port Summary panel.
5. In the Port Summary panel, click on the yellow star icon located on the top right of the panel to save this port.

Favourite Ports by Shipping Guides Ltd

 
Q:  How do I access my saved ports?

1. Navigate to your dashboard page by clicking on the Dashboard link just below the top navigation bar.
2. You will see one of your panels is called Favourite Ports, this is where your saved ports are stored. You can click on any of your saved ports in this panel to view your saved ports’ detailed information.

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Affiliates

Q: How can I use voucher codes?

You can create and track different voucher codes to suit your different promotional methods. For example, you can create a voucher code specifically for an advert posted in a magazine with a 3% discount, and then another voucher code which you give out in your promotional leaflets with a 1% discount. Please note that once you have deleted a voucher code, that code will no longer be valid for signing up to findaport.com.

Q: How do I set up a voucher code?

Creating a voucher code is simple to set up. Simply type in the description in the appropriate box with the desired discounted rate and press Create. This will create a unique code which you can either give out directly to customers or embed within a link.

Q: How do I insert a link?

After creating the voucher code you can select the Affiliate Links and Banners tab, where you have various options available to you. Firstly, select the desired voucher code. By selecting this you will notice that all the html coding changes automatically to include the coding for your personal discount for your customers. You can then copy and paste the html coding into your webpage, email or e-bulletin and the desired banner will appear.

Please note that the code and the embedded links are unique to you, they are used to track customers who clicks on your link to sign up to findaport.com. This is how we can guarantee that you receive your commission.

Q: Can I preview a banner or image?

The image shown beneath the individual banner sizes and coding is how your banner will look and appear. You can place the coding wherever you like on your website or email depending on the size.

Q: How can I expire a voucher code and a link?

If you would like to stop any of your voucher code promotion, please click on the appropriate 'expire' link. If you would like to reactivate an expired voucher code, simply click the 'activate' link.

Q: Can I monitor who has signed up?

Yes, you can monitor your customers and view their details on your personal affiliate dashboard. Here you can also view a detailed summary of your customer subscriptions.

This includes:

  • Annual subscription sign ups using voucher code
  • Annual subscription sign ups via affiliate link
  • Monthly subscription sign ups using voucher code
  • Monthly subscription sign ups via affiliate link