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Port Hercule (Monaco)

Port Hercule (Monaco)
Other names: "Port of Monaco", SEPM
Introduction: Port Hercule is the main port of the Principality of Monaco. It is probably one of the most famous yachting destinations in the world and a symbol of glamour welcoming boats, yachts of course and even large cruise ships.
Towns close by: Cap d’Ail (06320), La Turbie (06320)
Neighbouring ports: Port de Fontvieille (Monaco) / Port de Cap d'Ail / Port de Menton / Port de Menton Garavan
Latitude/Longitude: 43°44'09.82"N ; 7°25'48.75"E

General Information

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Town: Monaco
Summary: 

Between the « Rock » of Monaco and the hill of Monte-Carlo lies Port Hercule, most often referred to as the “Port of Monaco” as it is the largest of the principality’s harbours. It is one of the most famous yachting destinations in the world with events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show. At these times, the port is full. So full, that many boats and yachts have to anchor out in the bay, mirroring the town’s lights at night in a beautiful way. In a certain aspect, Monaco is amphitheatre-shaped city-state where Port Hercule has always played the central stage under the watchful eye of its princes.

 

Port Hercule is originally a natural port. There are traces that the area was inhabited since prehistoric times. It was known during antique times as Portus Herakles and later around 150 BC, the Romans made it their port and outpost in the area, giving it the name “Portus Herculis Monoeci”.

Throughout time, Port Hercule continued to evolve, but its main developments as a harbour only occurred over the XXth century. The most ground-breaking additions to the harbour only took place a few years ago with an extension of the port out at sea. This project required the construction of a 350 m pier and breakwater for cruise ships which was built in Spain and then tugged to Monaco to form a breakwater connected to the Rock (the “Rocher”). It created an outer basin which enabled the port to welcome more yachts behind its walls and the creation of a new dock where the new Monaco Yacht Club, designed by Sir Norman Forster, will soon open its doors. Just opposite, a state of the art building for the port’s administration has just been delivered.

There are 700 berths in the port (of which 110 can welcome yachts over 24 m) which are occupied throughout the year. Only a few 30 berths allow Port Hercule to welcome visitors and obviously the demand for them is very high. As this is a very popular cruising destination and so many of the local inhabitants use the port, it can be extremely difficult to rent a berth there, even on a very short term basis.

 

There is an endless list of things you can do in Monaco once you are safely moored. There is always trying your luck at the casino of course, as a cliché, but you will find that much of life in Monaco revolves around the port, the quality of life and tourism. As it is a city-state, everything is close by. In the immediate vicinity of the port is a range of restaurants bars on Quay Albert I and Quay Antoine I. There is also “Casino” supermarket (coincidently) conveniently located close to the swimming pool, should you need fresh supplies. The more traditional market is also not far, a little further in land in the Condamine district.

Approaches: Approaching from the West, the white squared shaped oceanographic museum, on the edge of the “Rock’s” cliff, is conspicuous. The harbour entrance is located to the East of the long breakwater which extends from the “Rock”. The Fairmont hotel, at the port’s entrance, with its concrete columns plunging into the sea, is conspicuous as you approach from the West. Boats leaving the harbour have right of way.

Port Capacity

Number of berths: 700
Smallest size: 4 m
Maximum size: 130 m
Depths: 2 m to 40 m
Power supply: 220V / 380 V
Water supply: Fresh Water supplied to all berths in the harbour
Services: 



  • Power supplied to all berths (220/380 V)
  • Fresh Water
  • Refuse Dump
  • 20 showers and toilets, Quay Antoine I
  • Gardiennage
  • 2 shipchandlers
  • 2 cranes (10 T and 20 T)
  • Fuelling Station
  • Pumping of black water, on the fuelling quay, FREE OF CHARGE

Port Directory





Capitainerie / Port Office (SEPM):

Directior : Mr. Daniel Realini

Conceding Authority : The port is the full property of the state

Principal Harbour Master: Mr. André Auréglia

Harbour Master : Mr. J-P Palmero

 

Tel : +377 97 77 30 00

Fax : +377 97 77 30 01

VHF 12

Website : www.ports-monaco.com

 

Local Weather

 

Maritime Police:

Tel: +377 93 15 30 16

 

French Customs:

Tel: +377 97 97 02 30

 

 

Other Useful Numbers :

 

Shipchandlers:

Rinaldi (marine service & cartes maritimes): +377 93 30 16 19

Monaco Yacht Partner (yacht supplies): +377 93 30 22 23

 

Tourist board (booth on “Quay Kennedy” during the season):

Tel: +377 92 16 61 16

 

Taxis:

Tel: +377 93 15 01 01

 

Monaco Yacht Club:

Tel: +377 93 10 63 00

 

BP Fuelling Station:

Tel: +377 93 50 20 30

 

The Area

Getting there (car, train, plane):


By car:

The port is located at the heart of the city and is therefore surrounded by many public underground car parks where the first hour of parking is free of charge. The closest underground car park is located on Quay Antoine I, along the “Rock”. There are also possibilities to park along the roads surrounding the port, but since the Principality regularly welcomes various events on those areas, these parking spaces are often unavailable

 

By train:

Monaco’s train station is only 5 minutes’ walk from the port using a pedestrian subway. The upper floor of the station offers a magnificent view of the port and the “Gomates Canyon”.

 

Flying:

Nice’s International Airport is the closest. The Principality is also accessible by the air thanks to its heliport located in the Fontvieille district.

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