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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Aden Port


Working Member

Aden, Sudan

General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam
Mr. Naeem Bin Ibrahim El-Naeem


The city of Aden, located to the East of the Red Sea and Bab El Mandeb, is an ideal location for a major port in Yemen. Situated on one of the busiest waterways in the world, it sits within a crater that provides an excellent natural harbour. In fact, the port of Aden has the unique distinction of being one of the very few natural harbours in the world.

Due to its proximity to several important locations in Yemen, the port experiences significant traffic. This includes shipments bound for both Yemen as well as neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia. The Aden harbour stretches for 13 kilometres and extends inland for nearly 6 kilometres. Cargo ships have multiple docking berths located within the main stretch of the port, while incoming passenger vessels dock at the Tawahi harbour which is nearby.

The port stands out for having night time navigational abilities provided to both incoming and outgoing vessels. Repair facilities are also located nearby which provides services to cargo vessels from around the world. Lastly, the port is the largest natural deep water in the area. The port of Aden is divided into the main port and surrounding facilities such as the Ma’alla Wharf and the Aden terminals. These operate independently of each other.

Aden Container Terminal (ACT)

The container terminals of Aden deal primarily with any incoming container vessel traffic. There are 2 Panamax class berths which can handle ships up to 350 meters in length. The maximum permitted draft of docked vessels is 16 meters. The terminal has 4 gantry cranes with a capacity of up to 40 tons. The terminal also has an adjacent container yard with a capacity of up to 10,000 TEUs. The spreader cranes of the port can deal with TEU stacks up to 4 units high. There are several facilities to process incoming container vessels including 8 gantry cranes, reach stackers, and trailers capable of transferring containers across the port. The terminal also has a minor passenger dock that primarily accommodates naval vessels from around the world. Most incoming passenger vessels are redirected to the Wharf and free port at Ma’alla.

The number of berths in the port is 39, including:

  • General cargo berths-containers and RO-RO berths.
  • Grain and fodder berths.
  • Unpacked cargo berths, cooled cargo berths and general cargo berths.

The depth of sea waters in such berths ranges from 9 up to 14 meters, while its total length is 7837 meters. Such berths are provided with modern equipment and installations for cargo handling and stowage, in addition to carrying it from the port, also forklift and other electronic lifts of different types, some of which are of 3.2.15 tons capacity. Moreover, lifts for unloading grains, receiving dock with a length reaching 4000 meters and the sea depth along the dock ranging between 4.5 and 6 meters.

They are represented in Authorities, associations, councils and administrations working in the field of the Arab Sea Ports facilities.

Aden Refineries Terminal

Alongside the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) and the Port of Aden, the Refineries Terminal is another extremely busy section of the port. It was built to specifically handle the requirements of transhipment of crude oil, petroleum, and refined products. Some of the facilities that are available in the refinery’s terminal are- Atmospheric Distillation Unit, Vacuum Distillation Unit, LPG Unit, Asphalt Unit, and a Platformer Unit.

The refinery terminal is capable of carrying out basic hydro skimming of the incoming cargo. It deals with shipments such as Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), Light Gasoline, Naphtha, Kerosene, Light gas oil, heavy gas oil and Asphalt. Additionally, it can process 100% Kuwait crude oil and a combination of up to 25% Qatar crude mixed with more than 75% Kuwait crude. There are ongoing projects to expand the terminal to process heavy crude shipments.

The South Port

As the name suggests, the South Port is situated to the southern side of the Port of Sudan. This port has 6 berths that handle grains, general cargo and goods packed in containers.

The total length of the berths is 740 meters and the depth is around 13 meters. The South port deals with containers, petroleum and oil and grains.

It covers an area of 14,80,000 sq m with an annual cargo capacity of 3 million tonnes. Berth 16 deals with tankers and there are also container berths measuring 430 meters and a depth of 13 m.

Three berths are dedicated to container vessels and one berth has a grain silo with a storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes. The annual storage capacity is 400,000 TEU’s. The port equipment is in good condition. It includes gantry cranes, two harbour cranes, rubber tyred gantries. It also has other modern equipment such as reach stackers, forklifts, trailers and so on.

Recently, developmental activities have taken place at South Port. This has led to the maintenance of berths 17 and 18, which have now been equipped with container cranes, RTG etc to improve the Port’s services and increase its productivity.

A power station has also been built near the port and the area of the container berth has been expanded by 145 meters, and now it is about 430 meters long.

The South Port also has a customs warehouse. Cargo cannot be transported from the port without customs inspection and clearance. The Port Of Sudan doesn’t have reserved custom areas, the exception being the South port which has LCL sheds measuring 6000m2, situated near the container terminal.

The port harbour spans more than 550 hectares and can handle vessels with a total length of more than 180 m and a draft of 10 m. The port can handle about 4 million tonnes of cargo annually. Tripoli port comprises a general cargo berth covering 40 m and 30 berths for handling containerised cargo with a total length of more than 3000 m.

Engineering Features / Productivity Features

Port of Tripoli… A Promising Port!

The new Administration of the Port of Tripoli has pledged to develop and update the Port both in operation performance and delivery of services, with the aim to better serve and facilitate the transactions of the Port’s clientele. This Administration proceeded with a full renovation of the entire infrastructure including water, electricity, internal pass ways and warehouses. Vacancies in Human Resources were also filled. It is currently executing a plan to update and upgrade its Information Technology infrastructure to encompass the Administrative, Financial, and Commercial operations. In addition, Tariffs were carefully revised so that the cost of services offered by the Port become an unavoidable option when it comes to shipping in the Eastern basin of the Mediterranean sea. The aim of this Administration is to turn the Port of Tripoli into a Corporation that is organized, modern, and dynamic, with the required agility to be responsive to futur requirements for update and change, in order to attend to the interests of the Port’s clientele. Large development projects, especially the construction of the new Berth which is 1,200 m long and 15 m deep with an accompanied land area of 600,000 m2, will definitely elevate the status of the Port of Tripoli to become at par with International Ports, and to occupy a prominent position on the international shipping map. A- Warehouses and Yards
  • 4 Warehouses for dry drainage goods, with an area of 11,000 m2
  • 10 Warehouses for dry drainage goods and Wood, with an area of 17,500 m2
  • 5 Yards to store vehicles, with an area exceeding 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard to store Containers, with an area of 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard for general purpose, with an area of 15,000 m2
  • 2 Yards with an area of 3,000 m2to store fir wood
B- Port Equipment
  • 6 Mobile cranes with capacity of 125-165 Tons
  • 7 Mobile cranes with capacity of 100-120 Tons
  • 10 Mobile cranes with capacity of 70-90 Tons
  • 20 Mobile cranes with capacity of 40-65 Tons
  • 11 Mobile cranes with capacity of 25-38 Tons
  • 15 gafs for drainage goods
  • 24 Forklifts
  • 8 Bulldozers
  • 30 Trucks
  • 4 Tractors
  • Equipment for stowage of dry drainage goods
C- Water Supply
  • 8 outlets to supply ships with water using modern technologies
  • A shalon with a reservoir to supply ships with water inside and outside the basins (this service is provided by the guidance station)
D- Electric Power Supply
  • electric lamps in all the parts of the Port
  • 20 lamps that work on solar energy
  • Electric power supply on demand for ships and goods according to the adopted fees
E- Security and Guardianship
  • 40 security guards that work 24/24 to protect and guard the Port and the Free Zone
  • A network of surveillance cameras with a fiber optics infrastructure, currently under construction
F- Parkings
  • Administration and visitor parking with a capacity for 50 vehicles
  • Transit and Free Zone parking, with a capacity for 100 trucks
G- Toilets
  • 4 washrooms and toilets distributed around the Port (under construction)
H- Duty-Free Market
  • A Duty-Free market with an area of 880 m2, developed by Interwoods Company.
I- Other Services
  • 3 Cafeterias to serve the Administration building and the Berths
  • A Hospital – under construction
  • An office for the Workers’ Union
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters
The Green Port

The Green Port or the Green Harbour rests on the eastern part of Port Sudan. It has a specially designed dock to receive cargo laden vessels. It was built as part of a port extension development plan. Thus, more quays were constructed to aid the growing port operations.

This port takes care of dry bulk cargo, containers and seeds. The construction of the Green Port has significantly expanded the handling capacity of Port Sudan.

The entrance to the Port’s dock spans 180 meters and it has two berths which are 560 meters long and 15 meters deep. The Port’s storage capacity is around 43,5000m2. This port can handle vessels weighing around 50,000 tonnes.

Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Cargo Handling2000000Thousand Tons/Year
Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Containers Handling (TEU)900000TEU/Year
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Draft)14Meters
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Length)300Meters
Container Handling Rate2465TEU/Day
General Cargo Stevedoring Rate38356Tons/Day
Working Hours113974Hour
General Cargo Handled During The Year 20053850Thousand Tons
Containerized Handled Cargo During The Year 20058529Thousand Tons
Dry Bulk Cargo3882Thousand Tons
Liquid Bulk Cargo57Thousand Tons
Number Of Handled TEU During894809Thousand Tons/Container
Number Of Passengers During 2005-Passengers


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