By 1901, Prince Albert 1st had already marked his reign with the realisation of a number of important projects, the Oceanographic Museum, a hospital, a modern sanitation system etc, when it became apparent that the Principality needed a harbour, able to accommodate the large number of yachts that visited the Côte d'Azur and to help open up the commerce of the area. The construction of a port would complete the modernisation of the Principality and would at the same time be an important new source of prosperity. In order to maximize the space available, it was decided to build two quays, which still serve as the main walles of the harbour today. The work started on the 2nd July 1901. The rock needed for the construction of the quays was taken from an area next to the sea, to the east of Cap Ferrat in the Bay of Lilong, five miles to the West of Monaco. The project was completed in 1926. The port is located in the heart of the district of the Condamine, and nearby all shopping and leisure facilities. When approaching the port of Hercule, please call the authorities on VHF Channel 12, giving the name of your ship, her length and beam and the required duration of your stay. This will allow us to meet your requests. A Welcome: Quay at the base of the green, starboard, harbour light is available to boats of less than 15 meters length. Pilot launches, to be found in the harbour, will show you to your berth and will hand you on Admittance Form. Pilots are available if required and are compulsory for all vessels more than 30 meters in length. This is applicable also to those vessels who have left the Port for more than one week. The pilot Office is open during the following hours :
1st May to 13 th September from 08.00 AM to 11.00 PM
1st October to 30 th April from 08.00 AM to 08.00 PM
Due to its configuration and depth, the Port d'Hercule does not have fixed moorings. To hold the bow of your vessel, it will be necessary to caste at least one anchor. Should you enter the Port during the night when the pilot station is closed, please berth along-side the Welcome Quay, provided the weather is suitable and your vessel is less than 15 meters in length. If there are some vacant moorings please berth preferably at the Chicane Quay or at the Quaides Etatss berth suitable for your vessel will be assigned the next morning. It is not possible to reserve a berth in advance, however if you have a large vessel and wish to berth in Port d'Hercule please contact 24 hours in advance the Pilot Station on VHF Channel 12.