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Location

Vlore is about 50NM south of Durres and is Albania's second largest port. The port itself lies about 5km from the centre of the town. The town itself has little charm however it is a good place to re-provision with several good supermarkets.

Position 40°26′ 58''N, 19°29′E.

Clearance

See Albania Formalities for detailed Clearance Information.

On entering Albanian waters, call the Port Captain on their working channel of VHF 15 or on 16 (he speaks English).

Proceed to the main Vlore port.

Orikum Marina may also be able to deal with clearance formalities, contact the Manager in advance to confirm.

At Vlore Port, arriving yachts are directed to a berthing point on the commercial dock for clearing in (most likely alongside a tug), and requested to come to the official offices on shore, located between the two jetties, to deal with formalities. Clearance is required with Port Captain and Police.

Officials here do prefer you to use the services of an agent (50-60 Euros). See Albania Clearance Agents for details of the official Vlore agency.

Cruisers report that security here is poor and it is recommended to keep someone onboard when leaving the boat. See further comments from cruisers at bottom of page re. fees payable here.

Last updated March 2017.

Docking

Vlore has a well-protected fishing harbour called Triport, now unfortunately badly silted up and impossible to enter by keel boat. It does not accept yachts. The entrance into nearby Vlore lagoon has also silted up, making access impossible.

Smaller than Durres, Vlore is busy with ferries to and from Italy and the commercial harbour affords little shelter. Note that Vlore harbour is orientated around commerce with large rubber tyres as the harbour fenders on the commercial dock. Mooring here for clearance can be difficult due to the steel reinforcements which project from the piers. Alternatively, you may be asked to moor alongside a tug. It is also possible to anchor off the ferry port in 5m off the East pier.

In southerly or Westerly winds, it would not be a good place to be for too long.

(photo from Orikum marina website)

The Orikum Marina, at the south end of the bay, comes recommended by cruisers. This is part of a new apartment/hotel complex. Entrance into the marina from the north is difficult to visualise as it look as though one is sailing towards a brutish concrete wall, and only a sharp turn to port at the last minute has the marina entrance opening up. It may be advisable to check the entrance out by dinghy first. There is a green flashing light on a pole at the head of the low breakwater and a red flashing light on a red buoy to mark the port side channel limit.

The entrance channel to the marina is reported to be 2.7-3.0m deep. The manager is called Luigi, and is an Italian. Take care as the shallows are badly marked.

There is a good, sandy anchorage just E of the lighthouse off the headland opposite.

There are restaurants on the beach within walking distance, but the small township for any provisioning is about 3km away.

Last updated April 2017.

Harbour Master's office
Tel:+355 (0) 63 24659 ,VHF Channel 16 & 12
Marina di Orikum
Orikum, SH8, Albania , Lat 40° 20.539’N Long 19° 28.295’E
Tel:+355 0069030448/06951 3709415 ,VHF Channel 15
Staff are friendly and helpful. Moor stern-to. Toilets and showers, water and electricity. Internet (occasionally). Provisions 1km. Taxi to Vlore 3 Euro, local minibus to Vlore 1 Euro. The entrance channel is dredged to approx. 2m. The manager, Luan, speaks Italian and his wife speaks English.

swest
swest says:
May 06, 2017 02:46 PM

We recently stayed overnight in Vlore. Around 80 euros again for the pleasure. We did tie up against a tug for the night with no facilities, but this was expected. The town is not pretty, but has supermarkets for supplies.
Was quite secure after the enterprising little sea urchins tried us for money/chocolate/biscuits in that order.
As we did not have time to go down to Orikum, it was sufficient and we would stay there again if need be. Suezette "Q"

anky
anky says:
Mar 29, 2017 05:47 PM

We payed in vlore's harbour even if we didn't stay for one night, on the top of the clearance 60 euros we had to pay 10 euros plus 15 for the service of the travel agent. Got to pay again the clearance in durres three days later plus not only the travel agent but the harbour master 25 euros. The marina is 32 euros per night and the manager tells us that the water is not drinkable! We did drink it and it was very fine but that tells how he sees us!

Ali BROWN
Ali BROWN says:
Aug 09, 2015 01:43 PM

We went from Durres direct to Marina Orikum without calling at Vlores ((after speaking to Luigi at the marina) He did all the agency work himself. We tried to call Vlores harbour to advise them as we were passing but got no reply. Marina is excellent and very secure.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 30, 2015 02:04 PM

Posted on behalf of Tony Olin:
On approach to Vlore we went into the old military port on the island of Sazant. The port looks derelict, we were chased off by some very aggressive soldiers, we then proceeded to the ferry port of Vlore and anchored off in 5m off the east pier - no need of agent if you don't tie up or go ashore.
There are two other ports to the NW of Vlore, one is the oil terminal, the other an old fishing port that has less than 1.5m of water at the entrance, neither are suitable for sailing vessels.
The marina at Orikum is a few miles to the SE. Beware of the shallow waters around this area which is badly marked.

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jun 15, 2015 03:41 PM

Vlore port, vhf 16 and 12 - Orikum Marina vhf ch 15

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jul 21, 2014 09:52 AM

Entente channel to Marina is 2.7-3.0 m deep. The manager is Luigi, an Italian

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jul 21, 2014 09:50 AM

Marina Orikum is not ant clearance from/to abroad. You need first to pass either Sarande, Vlore main Port, Durres or Shengjin.
If you visit the Marina, you will just have to pay for the berthing, do not pay any further agent/clearance fees. They are known to try it very often.

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jul 21, 2014 09:47 AM

Triport doesn't accept ant yacht.

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