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Aden Port:

Port Authority: Yemen Gulf of Aden Port Corporation.

Day night time navigation is permissible. Full bunker and fresh water facilities are available. Repair facilities available through Aden Dry Docks. Pilotage and tug hire is compulsory.

Services & Facilities

This port boasts the largest natural deep water port in the region and consists of:

1. Maalla Wharf:
This is the general cargo port consisting of 4 berth each of 187.5 mtrs in length with a depth of 11 mtrs at low water and an extended turning area of 280 mtrs to accommodate vessels of up to 40,000 DWT.

Berths 1 and 2 are considered the container berths with an adjacent area of 7.5 hectares and equipment with 2 x Liebherr gantry cranes of 40 ton swl.

Berths 3 and 4 are for the general cargo vessels and have two adjacent 170 x 60 mtrs sheds. Extending from these berths is the Home Trade quays for local coasters/dhows with limited drafts of 6.7 mtrs.

There is also a Ro Ro berth of 150 mtrs and alongside draft of 7.6 mtrs and ramp width of 25 mtrs.

In addition to the alongside facilities there are a number of mooring buoys for the handling of general cargo vessel in stream for discharge via barges.

Newly constructed private berths inaugurated in 2006. The berths operate under Aden Gulf Maritime Company Ltd (Aden Gulf Terminal) and consisting of two berths of 303 meters and 180 meters.

2. Aden Container Terminal:
This terminal was officially opened in 1999 and is currently operated by OPM Aden Ltd under a management contract with the Government of Yemen.

The terminal currently consists of one berth of 700 mtrs and with a depth of water alongside of 16 mtrs. The terminal is equipped with 5 post Panamax gantry cranes and all the modern container handling facilities. The terminal has a total area of 35 hectares with a capacity to store 10000 containers. It is also equipped with 252 reefer points and 10000 sq. mtrs for service buildings.

Handling equipment includes:

5 x Post Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes with a capacity of 40 tons and capable of handling vessels with 18 container rows across.

8 x Rubber tyred gantry cranes ( 16 wheelers )

2 x Reach stackers

22 Terminal tractors

45 trailers

15MW power plant to provide independent power supply.

3. Aden Refineries Terminal:
Operated by : Aden Refineries Corporation.

The terminal consists of 4 tanker berths. Berths 1, 2 and 3 have an alongside draft of 11.50 mtrs and maximum LOA of vessel of 235 mtrs. Berth 4 has been dredged to 15.85 mtrs alongside with the approach channel and harbour basin depth of 14.75 mtrs and can accept vessel of up to 110,000 DWT and an LOA of 280 mtrs. Bunkers and fresh water are available alongside. Dirty ballast reception is available but up to a limit of 4000 tons. This terminal is equipped with it’s own tugs consisting of 2 x 3200 hp/ 35 ton bollard pull tugs.

Operated by: Canadian Nixen Yemen.

This terminal is situated approximately 230 nautical miles east of Aden and consists of a Single Point Mooring Buoy ( SPM ) capable of handling export tankers of maximum 400,000 DWT and minimum 80,000 DWT. The terminal operates 24 hours a day throughout the year. There are no bunkers/fresh water or other services available to the exporting tanker at this terminal due to it’s location.

The terminal is being constructed for the sole purpose for handling the exports of LNG ( Liquefied Natural Gas) from the gas fields situated in Mareb district. The terminal will consist of a two-tank storage facility ashore and a loading jetty to accommodate the export tankers. The terminal is due for completion mid 2008.

Hodeidah city centre is 4 kms from the port and the city has a population of circa 300,000. The city is in the center of the northern governorates and is connected by a transport network with the major cities including the capital Sana’a.

Hodeidah city has all the commercial facilities of communications, banks, hotels and hospitals

Owner of Terminal:

The Ministry of Transport

Administration of Port:

Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation


Lat 14.47 N Long: 42.57 E

Time Zone:

GMT + 3

Maximum vessel LOA:


Maximum vessel DWT:

30,000 tons

Approach Channel:

Approx. 10 miles long – available draft, 9.75m – 200 metres wide

Draft alongside berth:

9.75m (varies berth to berth) – Water Density: 1.025

Vessels with arrival draft in excess of 9.2m should await high tide.

All depths are as per port notice and may vary from chart datum.

ISPS: Hodeidah Marine Affairs Authority – Operates under security level 1

PFSO; Capt. Jamal M. Shaif
Mobile: + 967 777215262

Container Berths

2 berths – overall length 500m
Available Gantry Cranes: 4 (including 2 x Figee (Holland)

Conventional Berths

6 – variance in drafts. – overall length 920m

Oil Terminal

Terminal 1
vessel max dwt – 6000
vessel max LOA – 105m
max draft – 6m

Terminal 2
vessel max dwt – 15000
vessel max LOA – 150M
max draft – 9m

Stevedores Working Hours

Saturday to Thursday
0700hrs to 1200hrs & 1400hrs to 2400hrs
( Lunch Break: 1200hrs to 1400hrs )

Full Day – HOLIDAY –
( If the stevedores work after above working hours it is considered as overtime )

Refer Points: 95
Vessel Pre-Arrival Information:


7 / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 days notice to agent
Documentation Required: ( to be submitted by vessel master upon berthing )

Ships Particulars – 2 copies

Crew List: – 7 copies

Crew Declaration: – 2 copies

Passenger List: – 13 copies ( passenger vessels only )

Store List: – 2 copies

Ports of Call list: – 2 copies

Last Port Clearance: – 2 copies

Nil List: – 2 copies

Vaccination List: – 2 copies

Dry Inspection Certificate, before loading: – 2 copies

All ship’s papers to be readily available for inspection, if so requested.


Port control – VHF channel 14 & 16 – Vessels must notify Port Control of their imminent arrival and when they drop anchor.

Customs and Immigration

Customs/Immigration officers board the vessels upon arrival.


Every vessel entering the harbour must hoist the Republic of Yemen national flag on her highest mast.

Notice of Readiness

Standard procedures apply and in accordance with Charter Parties.


Pilotage is compulsory for vessel’s with a registered DWT of 400 tons and over.

Port Tariff

A copy of the tariff is available upon request.


Disposal is viz a local ships chandler. Master should inform the vessel agent if garbage is removed.

Bunkers / Water / Stores

MGO ( Diesel Oil ) – available
Fuel Oil – available
Fresh Water – available – usd15 per ton, minimum delivery 50 tons
Stores – available through the agents appointed ships chandler

Medical Facilities

Port Hospital
Public / Private hospitals and clinics are also available in Hodeidah City


Hodeidah has an international airport though most international flights are viz Sana’a International Airport.

Public transport is available for connections to other cities throughout the Yemen

Crew Changing

Crew changes can be arranged through the vessel appointed agent


These can be arranged through the vessel’s appointed agent.


Club Associations are represented by their appointed local correspondents.

Port Authority: Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation.

Port Details:

  • The port of Mokha is situated to the south of Hodeidah more less equidistant between Hodeidah and Aden at position Latitude 13˚ 20 North and Longitude 43˚ 13 East. This port consists of one pier of 175 meters in length and 35 meters width allowing for vessels to berth either side. The port has a total of 4 sheds and is very limited in any cargo handling equipment. Therefore vessels calling at this port must have their own gear.

  • Port restriction: This port has a restriction on draft 26 feet and LOA of 150 meters. Pilotage and tugs are compulsory for berthing/sailing of vessels. Night time berthing is also permitted. It must also be noted that the port is expressed to open sea and can therefore be affected by weather conditions delaying berthing or sailing of vessels.

  • There are no alongside bunker or fresh water facilities at this port although fresh water and diesel oil can be arranged in limited supply via road tankers.

Port Authority: Yemen Arabian Sea Port Corporation

Situated east of Aden up the coast towards the Omani border at 14.31N 49.08E and consists of

two berths of 160 mtrs each and a maximum draft of 8.5 mtrs. The port is very limited in handling equipment therefore all vessels calling at this port must be self sustained with their own cranes/derricks. The port has however two shed for the reception of cargo. Vessels can also be handled in stream subject to weather conditions.

Operated by: SAFER Exploration & Production Operating Company (SEPOC).

Position: Situated at 15.07 N, 42.36 E.

This terminal consists of a 409,000 DWT Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) “SAFER” which is permanently moored 4.8 nautical miles offshore Ras Isa. The terminal operates 24 hours throughout the year, weather permitting.

This terminal is used for the export of Marib Light crude from the oil wells in Mareb.

There are no bunker/fresh water or provisioning facilities at this terminal due to its location.

Export Tanker Berthing Parameters

Dimensional limitations and other requirements for export tankers calling at the Ras Isa Marine Terminal are established as follows:

  Length overall maximum

350.6 m (1,150 ft.)

  Beam, maximum

60.3 m (198 ft.)

  Freeboard, maximum

18.3 m (60 ft.)

  Bow to manifold, maximum distance

175.0 m (574 ft.)

  Trim, maximum

3.0 m (10 ft.)


IMO – full propeller immersion

  Export tanker minimum deadweight

80 kDWT (metric)

  Export tanker maximum deadweight

307 kDWT (metric)

  Cargo manifold flanges, minimum

3 x 16 inch ANSI

  Cargo hose handling derrick / crane (OCIMF) safe working load:

o 80 ÷ 160 kDWT = 15 tonnes
o 161 ÷ 307 kDWT = 20 tonnes

Additionally, the following requirements apply to export tankers calling at the Ras Isa Marine Terminal:

1. All cargo tanks must be inerted to IMO / SOLAS regulations.

2. Export tankers must be capable of one of the following:

  • Simultaneously loading cargo and deballasting with double valve segregation between cargo oil and ballast water throughout;

  • Operating as fully segregated ballast tanker; or

  • Loading a cargo quantity prior to deballasting equivalent to the quantity of ballast to be discharged.

3. Export tankers must arrive with clean ballast.

4. Export tankers must agree to load in a tandem mode, should weather / sea conditions so require or if requested by
the Marine Terminal. If requested by the Marine Terminal.

5. Export tankers must be fitted with OCIMF recommended bow chain stopper(s) of tongue type or hinged bar type
(AKD) to accommodate size 76 mm chafing chain(s) as follows:

  • Vessels up to 150 KDWT with at least one (1) bow chain stopper.

  • Vessels over 150 KDWT with at least two (2) bow chain stoppers.


6. Mooring equipment required for export tankers loading alongside the FSO SAFER are:

All export tankers must have a minimum of 16 mooring lines which include the minimum, number of mandatory winch mounted mooring wires of given breaking strength and mooring winch brake holding capacity shown in the table below.

Note: Export tankers will be accepted to load alongside with less than 16 mooring lines only with favourable weather conditions and with the approval of the Master of the FSO SAFER.

Vessel Size
Winch mounted
Mooring Wires
Wire Breaking Strength
(tonnes )
Winch Brake Holding Capacity (tonnes)
80 ÷ 100 8 55 >30
101 ÷ 140 12 70 >40
141 ÷ 160 14 70 >40
161 ÷ 250 16 90 >50
251 ÷ 307 16 90 >50

7. The Marine Terminal Operator (SEPOC), at its sole discretion, will not provide supplemental mooring wires to the
export tanker.

8. Export tankers must have closed chocks.

9. Export tankers must adhere to OCIMF guidelines for the control of drugs and alcohol.

10. In order to receive helicopters, export tankers must have a helicopter landing area adhering to OCIMF guidelines.

Special parameters & Conditions:

Year Round

In addition to the dimensional limitations and other technical requirements listed above, the following parameters and conditions will govern lifting’s of crude oil from the Marine Terminal:

  1. Split parcel loadings will be allowed consistent with available inventory, available entitlement of the lifter, and confirmation of the lifting schedule as established by the Marine Terminal Operator.

  2. The Marine Terminal Operator will make every effort to minimize loading time on each lifting. When weather conditions and export tanker equipment permit, alongside mooring will be utilized. However, at the sole discretion of the Marine Terminal Operator, tandem mooring will be utilized if it is deemed prudent to do so.

  3. Should deteriorating weather require a berthing change for an export tanker already moored alongside to the designated Holding Anchorage, or to the tandem mooring mode, all related charges associated with the re-berthing will be for the account of the lifter, and time consumed shall not count as used lay time. Where, in the sole opinion of the Marine Terminal Operator, it is deemed prudent to do so, the Operator may, for considerations of (among other things) adverse weather, sea or meteorological conditions, fire, emergency, vessel traffic or other peril of the sea, close the Marine Terminal. Any such closing may be carried out with or without notice and shall impose no liability upon the Operator.

Special Lifting Conditions:

In addition to the dimensional limitations and other technical requirements listed above, nominations for cargo lifting in excess of 1,200,000 BBLS aboard the same vessel may be loaded in two parcels but will be treated as completely separate liftings with two (2) sets of lay days. In the event of a second parcel lifting on the same vessel, the Marine Terminal will not be liable for demurrage claims while waiting – between assigned lay days. Additional charges for pilotage, mooring tugs, helicopter service, etc., will be for lifter’s account.

Alongside Mooring

Port Authority: Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation.

Port Details:

  • Saleef port is situated at Latitude 15˚ 18 North and Longitude 42˚ 41 East.

  • The port of Saleef is situated within Kamaran Bay 50 kms north of Hodeidah towards the Saudi Arabian border. This port is well protected by Kamaran Island providing safe anchorage of 30 meters depth. This port is a natural deep-water port accepting vessels up to 13 meters draft. The port has a single general cargo berth of 400 meters. However has no facilities for the handling of cargo since it’s primary aim is for the reception of bulk grain vessel discharging into silos at this port. Hence all vessels must be self sustaining.

  • This is also a salt berth which consists of a dolphin berth arrangement with an alongside draft of 13 meters. This berth is designed only for the loading of rock salt in bulk which is quarried near by. Currently there are very limited facilities at this port. There are no alongside bunker or fresh water facilities at this port. However can supply fresh water and diesel oil by road tanker.

  • Pilotage and tugs are compulsory for berthing/sailing of vessels. Night time berthing is also permitted.

  • This nearest town / city is Hodeidah which is 50 kms distant.

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