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Tides—Currents: The tidal rise is very small and seldom exceeds 0.4m. The currents off the harbor entrance are influenced by the wind and usually set NW at rates up to 1.5 knots.
Depths—Limitations: An inner basin has depths of 2 to 3.7m and is used by small craft and yachts. The N breakwater is 2,000m long and has berths on its S side, with depths of 9 to 11m alongside. The S breakwater has 420m of berthing space on its W side, with depths of 6 to 8m alongside. In addition, there is 850m of total berthing space on the S side of the harbor, with depths of 7 to 9.1m alongside. Vessels up to 16,300 grt, 250m in length, and 9m draft can be accommodated.
Aspect: A conspicuous fort stands near the root of the main breakwater. A prominent cathedral, with a dome and two towers, stands in the middle of the town 0.5 mile SW of the fort.

A aeronautical light is shown from the control tower of the airport standing 1.4 miles SE of the head of the main breakwater. Oros Yiouktas, 811m high, rises 6 miles S of the town and is prominent. The ruins of the Minoan city of Knossos are situated 3 miles SSE of the town.
Pilotage: Pilotage is compulsory for all foreign vessels. Pilots can be contacted on VHF channel 12 and board about 0.5 mile NE of the harbor entrance (35°21.5'N., 25°10.2'E.).
Regulations: Vessels should send an ETA 48 hours, 24 hours, and 12 hours in advance. The ETA should be confirmed 1 hour prior to arrival on VHF channel 12.
Contact Information:
Iraklion—Contact Information
VHF VHF cannel 12
Telephone 30-281-0244912
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Port Authority
Telephone 30-281-0338115
Facsimile 30-281-0226110
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Web site http://www.portheraklion.gr
VHF VHF channel 12
Telephone 30-281-0226326
Anchorage: In summer, vessels can anchor, in a depth of 33m, mud and sand, about 0.7 mile N of the root of the N breakwater. In winter, vessels can find safe anchorage within the bays on the S side of Nisis Dia.
Caution: Due to the existence of submarine cables, a prohibited anchorage area, which may best be seen on the chart, lies centered 3 miles E of the harbor entrance and extends up to
1.3 miles seaward.
Chart: 54314
Harbour Size: Medium
Harbour Type: Coastal Breakwater
Shelter Afforded: Good
Entrance Restriction Tide: No
Entrance Restriction Swell: No
Entrance Restriction Ice: No
Entrance Restriction Other: Yes
Channel Depth: 26ft - 30ft/7.1m - 9.1m
Anchorage Depth: 76ft - OVER/23.2m - OVER
Cargo Pier Depth: 26ft - 30ft/7.1m - 9.1m
Oil Terminal Depth: 31ft - 35ft/9.4m - 10m
Tide: 1
Maximum Size Vessel: Up to 500 feet in length
First Port of Entry: Yes
US Representative: No
ETA Message: Yes
Pilotage Compulsory: Yes
Pilotage Advisable: Yes
Tugs Salvage: Yes
Tugs Assist: Yes
Quarantine Practique: Yes
Communications Radio: Yes
Communications Radio Telephone: Yes
Communications Air: Yes
Load/Offload Wharves: Yes
Load/Offload Anchor: Yes
Load/Offload Med. Moor: Yes
Medical Facilities: Yes
Garbage Disposal: Yes
Dirty Ballast: No
Cranes Fixed: Yes
Cranes Mobile: Yes
Lifts 100 tons plus: Yes
Lifts 50 - 100 tons: Yes
Lifts 25-49 tons: Yes
Lifts 0-24 tons: Yes
Services Longshore: Yes
Services Electricity: Yes
Supplies Provisions: Yes
Supplies Water: Yes
Supplies Fuel Oil: No
Supplies Diesel Oil: Yes
Repairs Available: Limited
Railway: Small
Located in: Kriti
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