Ports Of Yemen

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Ship Supplying and General Trade
Gulf of Aden Shipping Company
Ports of Yemen
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Vessels should anchor in outer anchorage in position:

14 deg 55 N - 42 deg. 54 E.

Cargo Handling & Facilities

Bulk grain is discharged by vacuvators and overhead conveyor belts deposited into silos. At berth No. 5 (Main Quay) discharging rate for bulk grain is 3,500 tons per day. The port has a total of 11 enclosed sheds of about 31,000 m2.

Berth No. 1,2,3 and 4 has the facilities to handle General Cargo, Bagged Cargo etc.., Bulk Cargo Vessel's can also berth at Berth No. 2,3 and 4 by Using Bagging Plant for Discharging. Hodeidah Port is having about 4 Bagging Plant.

Berth No. 6 and 7 is exclusively for Container berth having 2 gantry crane.

In cases where vessels arrival draft exceed the permitted 32 feet, it has been reported that a fine of USD 3,000,- will be levied for every inch over 32 feet.

Hodeidah is a port of entry. Customs house is situated within Hodeidah port.

1025 - no difference occur over the year.



 Documents to be mailed to agents from last loading port:

cargo manifests (17), freight manifests (2), bill of lading (1), cargo plan


Documents to be handed to agent on arrival:

cargo manifests (2), freight manifest (2), cargo plans (2), bill of lading

(1) and certificate showing that the vessel is not blacklisted.

The channel leading to the port is approximatly 10 miles long.

The maximum permissable arrival draft is 32 feet salt water.

Masters should Radio Cable prior to arrival through Hodeidah Radio Station to the Port Authorities and Agents exact, date, time of arrival as well as hatchwise cargo distribution through Hodeidah Radio Station to enable the agents produce such cables as evidence of arrival for the purpose of berthing turn.

Failure to comply with this requirement would lead to fine of US$ 120/- lumpsum.

ETA to be given 72, 48 and 24 hours in advance.

Fire Fighting Tugs
Fire-fighting tugs are employed only upon request.

Garbage Removal

                  Facilities  Removal is  Removal only  How many CBM

                  available   compulsory  on request    can be received


Food waste       :   Yes    :            :     Yes     :


Cargo associated :          :            :             :

waste            :   Yes    :            :     Yes     :


Waste from       :          :            :             :

maintenance work :   Yes    :            :     Yes     :


Other types of   :          :            :             :

waste            :   Yes    :            :     Yes     :


Notice required  : Yes, 24 hours.


The Port of Hodeidah has the following berthing facilities:

1. Main Berthing Quay - draft 32 feet.

2. Ras-Al Kateeb floating pier - draft 26 feet - New Military Port.

3. Oil Jetty - draft 28 feet.

4. Ras Katnib Oil Jetty - draft 17 feet.



The Main Quay is L-Shaped. The longest angle is 700 m long and

can accommodate up to 5 vessels. The shortest angle (berth No. 6/7)

is 500 m long.

Berth No.            LOA in m         Max. draft in feet

---------            --------         ------------------

1                    110              16 - 19

2                    150              32

3                    150              32

4                    166              32

5                    190              32

6                    200              32

7                    300              32

8                    150              21' 11''

Berth Nos. 6 and 7 are container berths, whilst berths Nos. 1-8 are reserved

for general and dry bagged cargo as well as bulk cargo.

Maximum LOA for conventional vessels about 185 to 190 m and for RO/RO stern

berthing vessels upto 190 meters. Berthing between berth 2-3.


2. Ras Al-Katheeb Floating Pier.

 This pier is reserved by R.O.Y. Navy and military cargo vessels. Located on

14 deg. 54' N - 42 deg. 53' E. The pier is 285 x 27 x 6 m. Ships upto 15,000

DWT can berth on both sides for loading and discharging dry cargo by vessels

own gear and mobile cranes. The pier is also suitable Ro/Ro operations.

Maximum permissable draft is 26 feet.

The pier is connected to Hodeidah by road.


 The Oil Jetty is located in the inner harbour and is a dolphin berth for

discharging petroleum products through submerged pipes to oil storage

tanks near the port.

It can accommodate Tankers upto 15,000 DWT. Maximum LOA permitted

is 150 m and maximum permissable draft for berthing is 30 feet.



Ras Katnib power station has its own jetty for berthing small tankers of about

5,000 DWT with a maximum draft of 5.2 m. The only products handled are fuel

oil and gas oil.

The Ras Katnib berth is two CBM centered in position 14 deg. 55'00'' N -

42 deg. 53'39'' E, water depth at this point is about 7 m at low water and

tidal range is + 1.0 m.

The berth is connected to a tank farm, with a storage capacity of 40,000 tons

by a submerged pipeline.

The position of the manifold is marked by a beacon while hose is marked by a

spherical resinex pic-up buoy.

Harbour Authorities
Ports and Marine Affairs Corporation, P.O. Box 3183, Hodeidah.

Telex 5565

Health and Medical
In case of emergency medical attendance is provided by the agent at Hodeidah.

Maximum Size
The Main berthing Quay can accept dry cargo vessels up to about 32 feet draft with and a max. LOA of 185 to 190 m.

It is essential from the time vessels enter Yemen territorial waters, they fly Yemen Arab Republic Flag continuousely until they sail. Non-adherence of this formality will result in heavy penalties.

The pilot will meet vessel at buoy No. 2 (14 deg. 55'34.96'' N - 42 deg. 53'37.30'' E).

No ships should cross this point towards the port without pilot onboard. Violation will lead to heavy fines by the Port Authority.


A large anchorage area is available for ships in the outer harbour, with depths of from 6 to 20 metres. Deep draft vessels can anchor to the W of the channel entrance. Anchorage is prohibited within a radius of 5 cables of the entrance to the channel.

Ballast facilities are available, with a discharge rate of 400 t.p.h. with any rate of max. quantity accepted.

Oily ballast water must be discharged to the refinery. Quantity of ballast to be discharged ashore must be indicated 48 hours prior to arrival.

Cargo Hand. Facil.
General Cargo and Bulk Berths

The Home Trade Quays do not have fixed cranes, but mobile cranes are available, including two (2) 50 tonne capacity heavy lift cranes.

For bulk cargoes, pneumatic suction pumps and automatic bagging plant provide the principle means of unloading. Bulk cargoes are also unloaded by grab into barges and taken to silos on the North Shore (capacity 18,000) where they are unloaded by an elevator, or to the lighter quays for unloading using the automatic bagging equipment.


Four (4) post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes capable of lifting 40 tonnes and handle vessels with 18 container rows across.

Eight (8) rubber-tyred gantry cranes (16 wheelers)

Two (2) reach stackers

Twenty-two (22) terminal tractors

Forty-five (45) trailers

Six (6) mobile granty cranes.

The nearest airport is located at Khormaksar 7 km distant. There is a good raod network connecting with the port.

Aden is a port of entry. Customs is located next to Aden port at Maalla wharf.

Customs and Immigration:

Customs/Immigration board ships calling at the port when they enter and leave. Customs requires a copy of the crew/passenger list and a list of bonded goods on board. Immigration require a copy of the crew/passenger list.

Anchorage 1025, berths 1023.

Aden is being re-organised as a Free Port, based on the Ma'alla Terminal. Customs inspections will be moved from the port area into the customs area outside the port gates. The customs area has been prepared and is ready for use since 1996.

A bulk cement receiving and bagging plant is being constructed at Ma'alla (behind the Home Trade Quay Shed 23). In operation since mid-1996.

Construction of a container terminal, mainly for transhipment containers, has commenced in 1996and will be completed by year 2000. This will be a 3-phase project to provide in total 1700 m of quay and over 80 hectares of container yard. Quay walls will be constructed to allow dredging of the berths to 18 metres. Current plans are to dredge berths and the access channel to 16 metres. The terminal will be provided with cranes and other equipment to handle the largest container ships in serice and likely to be built. Additional silos are planned for the Ma'alla Terminal. The port is considering the construction of a large bulk terminal at another location, with storage capacity of up to 100,000 tonnes for storing and processing various bulk commodities.

Sea Buoys, Fairways and Channels

The peninsulas of Aden and Little Aden are very prominent. The habour lies between them. Approaching from the W, pass 1 nm south of Little Aden Peninsula and then to the entrance to the dredged channel at 12 deg. 44.5' N, 044 deg. 57' E at the No. 1 buoys (QR and QG). At night steer with Elephant's Back light bearing not greater than 061 deg. (white sector) for the entrance. Approaching from the E, pass 1 nm south of the Aden Peninsula and then to the channel entrance. At night, pass 1.5 nm S of Ra's Marshaq light and then steer W to the entrance to the channel.

Aden oil harbour is approached by a dredged channel, depth 14.7 m below CD, width 220 m, length 2.3 nm, marked by pairs of buoys. Vessels should proceed mid-way between these buoys, and after passing No. 2 buoys, turn to a heading of 300 deg. twoards the leading marks taking them clear of the oil harbour breakweater.

Aden inner harbour is approached by the same dredged channel, which divides at Buoy No. 3 (S Cardinal), 9 cables from the channel entrance. From this point, the inner harbour channel is dredged to 11.9 m below CD, is 183 m wide and 2.6 nm to the inner harbour breakwater. Vessels proceed on a course of 027 deg. to Buoys No. 2, then on a heading of 047 deg. toward the leading marks taking them clear of the inner harbour breakwater.


Minimum underkeel clearance:

Vessels in both Harbours are required to have a minimum underkeel clearance of 0.6 m (2 ft), but vessel with drafts greater than 11.3 m (37 ft) require a minimum underkeel clearance of 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Vessels should send ETA 72, 48, and and 12 hours in advance.

ETA, Master's name, ship nationality, call sign, GRT, DWT, maximum draft, type of cargo, reason for call, dangerous cargo on board.

Fire Fighting Tugs
Fire fighting tugs are not compulsory but dangerous cargo is restricted to discharging at the outer harbour and stowed separately.


General Cargo/Bulk Berths

Cargo ships of up to 60,000 DWT, LOA 275 m, draft 12.2 m can be berthed at the Inner Harbour buoys berths on the tide.

Cargo ships of up to 38,000 DWT, 180 m LOA and draft 10.4 m can be berthed alongside at the Ma'alla Terminal on any tide.

There are two conventional/bulk berths, each 187.5 m in length, depth 11.0 below CD, at the Ma'alla Terminal.

The Home Trade Quay, 250 m in length, depth 6.7 below CD, is used by smaller vessels. East of the Home Trade Quay are 800 m of lighter and quays at depths of between 1.8 and 2.7 m.

Container Berths

The Ma'alla Terminal has two container berths, 650 m in length, depth 16.0 m below cD.

Tanker Berths

Berth No. 1 depth is 13.5 m. This is a "T" jetty for tankers up to 85,000 DWT, LOA 260 m.

Berth No. 2 depth is 11.5 m. This is a "T" jetty for tankers up to 65,000 DWT, LOA 180 m.

Berth No. 3 depth is 11.5 m and is a pier berth for tankers up to 65,000 DWT, LOA 235 m.

Berth No. 4 depth is 15.85 m and is a pier berth. For tankers up to 1110,000 DWT, LOA 286 m.

Tankers discharging/loading at Berth 1 to 4 (only) are allowed to bunker alongside.

Berth Nos. 5 & 6 depth is 10.50 and is for dry cargoes and import/export cargoes in containers. Quay length is 3250 m, for ships up to 150 m in length berthing alongisde (turning basin width 250 m).

RO/RO Berths

One ro/ro berth of 150 metres long, depth 7.62 m below CD at the Ma'alla Terminal.

One ro/ro berth of 120 m long, depth 10.50 m below CD at the Little Aden Oil Harbour.

Passenger/Cruise Berths

These berths are at the two bunkering dolphins on the south side of the Harbour opposite the Tourist Pier.

Harbour Authorities
Yemen Ports Authority

P.O. Box 1316,

Steamer Point, Aden

Republic of Yemen

Tel: +967 2 2022666

Fax: +967 2 213805 or 203521

Tlx: 2278 MAWANY AD

Harbour Master

Tel: +967 2 202 850

Health and Medical
The port doctor will board vessels for inspection and require health declaration and a list of vaccinations against smallpox. Hospital facilities available.

There are approx. 50 lighters available ranging from 150/200 tons each.

Maximum Size

Maximum Size

Limiting dimensions:

   Little Aden Oil Harbour:        110,000 DWT fully laden, LOA 286 m, draft 15.5 m

   Inner Harbour buoy berths:       60,000 DWT, LOA 275 m, draft 12.2 m

   Ma'alla Terminal:                38,000 DWT, LOA 180 m, draft 10.4 m

Minimum underkeel cleanrance:

Vessels in both harbours are required to have a minimum underkeel clearance of

0.6 m (2 ft), but vessel with drafts of greater than 11.3 m (37 ft) require a

minimum underkeel clearance of 1.2 m (4 ft).

Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels over 200 GRT entering or leaving (with certain exceptions). The pilot station for the oil harbour and for deep draft vessels bound for the innter harbour is at the channel entrance. The pilot station for the inner harbour for other vessels is by No. 1 buoys 9 cables from the point where the oil harbour and inner harbour channels divide.

All vessels arriving off the port and wishing to enter must make the usual signal for a pilot. Pilot boats have red hulls and cream superstructures. They exhibit the normal pilot signal at night. A pilot ladder should be provided by the ship on the port side during the NE Monsoon period. During the SW monsoon, on the port side for ships approaching from the W and on the starboard side for ships approaching from the E.

Facilities available for repair and maintenance of electrical and ele ctronic equipment day or night. Local firms can carry out most kinds of ship repairs on vessels afloat, including underwater inspection and hull cleaning. Repairs on large vessels take place mainly in the outer harbour.

Two floating cranes of 25 and 30 t lifting capacity are available. At the E end of the harbour, there is a floating dock of 137 m by 26 m with 6 m (20') over the blocks and a lifting capacity of 4,200 t.

There are several slipways, the largest of which has a lifting capacity of

800 t. Request for repairs should be sent well in advance.

(12 deg. 46'N - 44 deg. 57'E)

Gulf of Aden, N shore, 90 miles E of the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb. A natural harbour and the only major port on this coast.

Slop Reception

At the oil harbour there is a special berth where tankers can discharge engine

slops. The tank has a capacity of 4000 tons. The port has no facilities to

receive chemical slops.


There are thirteen fueling berths where various grades of oil bunkers can be supplied at rates of up to 1,500 t/h. Oil barges also available. Bunkers must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Provisions are obtainable but expensive. Fresh water can be supplied by water boats at a rate of 100 t., or in the oil harbour from quay hydrants at a rate of 40 m3/h.

Tides and Currents
The tidal heights range between -0.1 m (-3'') and +2.3 m (7'06''). The tidal streams at spring tide may attain a rate of 2 knots at the entrance to Aden Harbour and about 1 knot in the harbour.

Aden has six tugs. Three of these are Voith-Schneider propulsion, one of 2000 HP, two of 1200 HP. Two new tugs are required to replace older craft. Little Aden oil harbour has two Voith-Schneider propelled tugs, each 3200 HP.

Trade and Shipping
Exports: salt, cotton, scrap, fish and coffee.

Imports: all consumer goods, foodstuff, livestock and building materials.

Employment of watchmen from shore is not compulsory but advisable.

Wind and Sea
The NE monsoon makes the climate of Aden cool and pleasant, especially from November to January.

The SW monsoon, however, makes the climate very hot, moist and oppressive. Sand storms occur from about May to August; they come with little warning from a N or NNW direction at sunset. They blow very hard for two or three hours, when a calm occurs, but after a short interval the wind comes from S with great force for another two or three hours.



Apart from Khalf Harbour this is an anchorage port where vessels discharge into barges.

Cargo Handling & Facilities
Mobile cranes of up to 10 tons capacity. At the anchorage area vessels discharge into barges by using vessels own gear.

Riyan Airport about 29 km distant.


Vessels up to approx 10,000 DWT, 160 m LOA and 8.5 m draft are normally accommodated.

Any vessel exceeding the above specification upto 15,000 DWT, owners should pay  a sumf us$ 3,000/-

Lumpsum to the authorites and if exceeds more that 15,000 dwt , owners should pay a sum fos us$ 5000/- Lumpsum to the authorities.  There will not be any official receipt for the same.

Harbour Authorities
Port Manager.

Maximum Size

               in m    in feet               


Maximum LOA  : 160       :       :                 


Maximum beam :  na     : na      :                  


Maximum draft: 8.50    :       :                 


Maximum TDW  :10,000mt :                 


The maximum dimensions mentioned above does not necessarily apply to all berths, quays or areas within the port.

Pilotage is compulsory at Khalf Harbour but optional at the outer harbour.

(14 deg 32'N - 49 deg 08'E)

An anchorage port, except for Khalf Harbour having 2 berths.

Provisions can be made available in limited quantities.

Tides and Currents
Average range of tide is 1 m.

1 tugboat of about 2,000 HP


This is a finger berth. Vessels can berth on either sides, secured to

50 t bollards. The pier is 175 x 35 m.

Maximum Size
Maximum permissible LOA is 175 m for conventional vessels.


Pilotage is compulsory. Location Lat. 13 Deg. 29'N and Long. 43 deg. 12'88''E.

, 24.00-02.00. Meal 12.00-14.00.

(13 deg 19' N - 43 deg. 14' E)



An area designated as the Holding anchorage for vessels waiting to load at RasIsa Terminal is located in a rectangular area within the following coordinates:

15 deg. 05' N - 42 deg. 32' E

15 deg. 03' N - 42 deg. 32' E

15 deg. 05' N - 42 deg. 36' E

15 deg. 03' N - 42 deg. 36' E

The water depth at the anchorage is about 20 fathoms (37 m). Should ''YHOC MARINE HODEIDAH'' by cable/telex of by VHF advise the export tanker or any other vessel to anchor on arrival, the ship shall anchor only in the Holding


Prior to arrival the pilot ladder should be ready on the st.board side for

berthing master boarding, as well the port boom (SWL with minimum capacity of 10 tons) rigged for 16'' hoses handling.

The vessel shall also confirm that the inert gas system is in good working condition, maintaining O2 content less than 8 per cent by volume in cargo tanks.

Export Tankers must be capable of one of the following:

a. Simultaneously loading cargo and deballasting with double valve

segregation between cargo oil and ballast water throughout;

b. Operating as fully segregated ballast tanker; or

c. Loading a cargo quantity prior to deballasting equivalent to the

quantity of ballast to be discharged.

Export tankers must arrive with clean ballast.

Unless otherwise authorized by the Marine Terminal, export tankers in ballast or in partly laden condition shall arrive with sufficient draft for full immersion of the propeller(s) and a trim not exceeding 3 m (10 feet) by the stern. Vessels sailing from the Marine Terminal with a part cargo should also conform to the above draft and trim conditions.

The Marine Terminal does not have facilities to receive dirty ballast. The responsibility for avoiding oil pollution rest with the vessel. Ballast in cargo tanks and segregated ballast tanks must be clean for overboard discharge and will be inspected and sampled by a Marine Terminal Representative before permission is granted to commence deballasting. Ballast asmples will be checked for oil in water content and the findings advised to the vessel's Master. An oil in water content exceeding 15 ppm will result in a "Dirty Ballast" declaration and no overboard discharge will be permitted. The Marine Terminal will not entertain any claims for deadfreight so caused.

Cargo Hand. Facil.
The maximum loading rate is 100,000 bbls/hr via 3 16 inch. hoses for vessels berthed alongside, and 50,000 bbls/hr via 2 16 inch. hoses for vessels moored in tandem. The actual loading rate will depend on the agreed maximum rate, the quantity of cargo loaded and other operational factors such as the export tanker cargo tank venting capacity. The loading rate can be reduced at any time (i.e. during topping off of tanks or any other circumstances). At least a ten minute "standby" notice should be given by the export tanker when loading nears completion.

Cargo manifold flanges, minimum : 3 x 16 inch ANSI

Cargo Hose handling derrick/crane

OCIMF safe working load : 80 KDWT - 160 KDWT = 15 mtons

160 KWDT - 307 KDWT = 20 mtons

All cargo tanks must be inerted to IMO/SOLAS Regulations

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

The Yemen Public Corporation for Maritime Affairs issued Notice to Mariners

No. MA/1-95 as quoted below:

"Subject: prohibited area around Ras Isa marine terminal

The area enclosed within a circle, the radius of which is two (2)

NM centering on Ras Isa oil terminal (1407N/4236E), is hereby

declared a prohibited area. No vessel is allowed to enter this

area unless they have a Ras Isa terminal pilot on board. Severe

action will be taken against any vessel which contravenes this

notice. (See admiralty chart 542, 548)."

No shore leave or crew changes can be arranged.

In the near future, PMAC in association with others, will construct a small

jetty at Ras Isa to facilitate tug movement to and from export tankers and the FSU.

A pollution control centre and marine administration building will be established about 9 km NNW of Ras Isa.

Direct from sea.

Vessels calling at the Ras Isa Terminal shall advise the Marine Termonal of their estimated time of arrival (ETA) upon departure from the last port or, if at sea, as soon as orders are received to proceed to the Marine Terminal. ETA shall be repeated to the Marine Terminal and to the Port Authority of the Port of Hodeidah 72, 48 and 24 hours in advance of arrival via:



Telex No.: 5685 YHOCMA YE

Vessels equipped with INMARSAT Satellite Communications may address their telex(s) to:

RAS ISA MARINE TERMINAL, INMARSAT Telex No. 581-1473102 via Atlantic East Satellite.

and shall call the Marine Terminal on VHF Ch. 74 when within range.

The General Corporation for Ports and Marine Affairs has Telex No.:


A vessel wishing to call the Marine Terminal that has received damage and/or is leaking oil must include details of same in the ETA advice so that the vessel can be inspected by a Marine Terminal Representative before entering the Marine Terminal Area.

The Ras Isa Terminal consist of a SPB connected to the shore by pipeline to

Ras Isa and also connected to the F.S.U. ''SAFER'' of 400,000 dwt.

Export tankers are moored with its portside alongside the starboard side to the

FSU, which has been fitted with 5 large pneumatic fenders for this purpose,

or in tandem. Tandem mooring will normally not be attemptedunder any of the

following conditions:

a: Wave height exceeds 3.6 m (12 ft)

b: Wind speed exceeds 30 knots (15.4 m/sec)

c: Current exceeds 1.0 knot

Harbour Authorities
Operators: Yemen Hunt Oil Company, P.O. Box 481, Sana'a, Yemen Arab Republic

Health and Medical
No doctors or clinics, but in emergencies the Terminal will try to assist.

Maximum Size

Dimensional limitations to export tankers calling at Ras Isa:

Maximum length overall              : 1,150 feet  350.6 m

Maximum beam                        :   185 feet   56.4 m

Maximum freeboard                   :    60 feet   18.3 m

Max. distance bow/manifold          :   574 feet  175.0 m

Maximum trim                        :    10 feet    3.0 m

Draft                               :  IMO draft / Full propeller


Minimum Deadweight (Export Tanker)  :  80,000 DWT

Maximum Deadweight-moored alongside : 307,000 DWT

Maximum Deadweight-moored in tandem : 285,000 DWT



1. The master of the export tanker must confirm before arrival his

agreement to the early departure procedures.

2. Export tankers not equipped with satellite communication

(INMARSAT) should maintain close radio watch with Bahrain

Radio, through which all communications to/from Ras Isa Marine

Terminal will be passed until cargo quantities are received and

the export tanker's Port Agent has been authorized to sign


3. The Master of the export tanker will receive at least one set (of

copies) of cargo documents (without cargo quantity/quality data)

prepared by the Marine Terminal.

4. Upon completion of loading, the export tanker's Master should

give his figures for the adjusted total calculated volume (TCV)

loaded (i.e. gross standard volume loaded and adjusted by vessel

experience factor plus free water loaded) to the Marine Terminal

and will receive the Marine Terminals's preliminary TCV.

Comparison of such figures should then be made as follows:

EXPORT TANKER adjustment T.C.V.

------------------------ x 100

Terminal T.C.V.

If the percentage is greater than 99.8 per cent, the export tanker will be

released and will sail. If the percentage is greater than 99.5 per cent,

but less than or equal to 99.8 per cent, the export tanker, upon

rechecking its figures, may sail following a written protest by

cable. If the percentage is less than or equal to 99.5 per cent, upon

rechecking by both the export tanker and Marine Terminal, the

export tanker may sail following a written protest (by cable).

5. Upon receiving the final Bill of Lading figures (Gross/Net

Standard Barrels), the export tanker Master must cable to the

Marine Terminal his authorization to have his Port Agent sign the

Bill of Lading, issue a protest (if necessary), and complete the

remaining documentation requirements of the lifter.


Export tankers must be fitted with OCIMF recommended bow chain stopper(s) of tongue type of hinged bar type to accomodate size 75 MM chafing chain(s) as follows:

a. Vessels up to 150,000 DWT with at least 1 bow chain stopper

b. Vessels over 150,000 DWT with at least 2 bow chain stoppers


Mooring equipment required for export tankers loading alongside the F.S.U. "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:

Number of Wire breaking Winch brake

Vessel size winch mounted strength holding capacity

KDWT mooring wires metric tons metric tons

----------- ------------- ----------- ----------------

80 to 100 8 70 40

10 55 30

12 50 30

101 to 140 10 70 35

12 70 35

141 to 160 12 70 40

161 to 250 12 90 45

251 to 307 12 100 50

14 90 45

16 90 40

The Marine Terminal Operator (Yemen Hunt Oil Company), at its sole discretion, may provide supplemental mooring wires to the export tanker.

Export tankers must have closed chocks


OCTOBER 1st - APRIL 30th


In addition to the dimensional limitations and other technical requirements listed, the following parameters and conditions will govern liftings of crude oil from the Marine Terminal during the period October 1 through April 30:

1 Split parcel loadings will be allowed consistent with available

inventory, available entitlements of the equity holder, and

confirmation of the lifting schedule as established by the Marine

Terminal Operator.

2 Nominations for cargo liftings in excess of 1,200,000 bbls aboard the

same vessel, up to a maximum of 2,000,000 bbls will be loaded in

two equal parcels and treated as a completely separate lifting with

two (2) sets of laydays. 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 laydays. Additional charges

for pilotage, mooring tugs, helicopter service, etc., will be for lifter's


3 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.

4 Should deteriorating weather require a berthing change for an export

tanker already moored alongside to the designated Holding Anchorage,

or to tandem mooring mode, all related charges associated with

the reberthing will be for the account of the lifter, and time consumed

shall not count as used laytime.


MAY 1st - SEPTEMBER 30th


In addition to the dimensional limitations and other technical requirements, the maximum single parcel lifting from the Marine Terminal during the period May 1 through September 30 will be 2,000,000 bbls.

Vessels proceeding to and leaving the Ras Isa Marine Terminal must utilize the

service of a licensed pilot provided by the General Corporation for Ports and Marine Affairs, Al Hodeidah, Y.R. which the terminal will arrange.

Masters comming from sea may anchor or if proceeding to sea may leave from the Holding anchorage without the assistance of a pilot.

Pilots can be contacted as follows:


Ras Isa Marine Terminal

Telephone No.: 00967 1 216080 / 215725

Telex No. : 4002 or 0583 1473102

VHF Channel : 16

Pilots only berth vessels in daylight.

Masters must sign the PILOT INDEMNITY CERTIFICATE before the vessel gets underway or maneuvering commences. Vessels calling at the Marine Terminal will be liable for any damage caused by the vessel to the Marine Terminal or to any Marine Temrinal property or to any other vessel lying therein whether or not a pilot was assisting at the time.

Hodeidah Radio

Call Sign 4WD / frequency - 500 khz

Power of transmittors - 1 kilowat.

Terminal VHF - channel 16 and 74

Chipping and scraping are not permitted on the weather decks or hulls of export tankers or any other vessel at the Marine Terminal.

(15 deg. 07' N - 42 deg. 36' E)

The permanent Floating and Storage and Offloading Terminal ''SAFER'' is located approximatly 4.8 nautical miles offshore Ras Isa.

Slop Reception

Name of authority, owner or

operator of the reception

facility to contact:



               Facilities  How many  Dimension of   Fixed Installation

               Available   CBM/tons  flanges        or by road tanker



Dirty Ballast:            :         :              :  

Water        :   No       :         :              :  


Tank Washing :            :         :              :

(Slops)      :   No       :         :              :  


Oily Mixtures:            :         :              :

Containing   :            :         :              :

Chemicals    :   No       :         :              :  


Scale and    :            :         :              :

Sludge from  :            :         :              :

Tank Cleaning:   No       :         :              :  


Oily Bilge   :            :         :              :

Water        :   No       :         :              :  


Notice Required           : 


Charges for use of the    :

reception facilities      :  


Reception facilities      :

available as from         : 



No stores, provisions, bunkers or fresh water available.

Tankers requiring urgent services (owner's items) should establish contact with local port agent at hodeidah for delivery offshore at the Holding Anchorage, in which case it should be reported to ''YHOC MARINE'' via VHF for clearance to use this anchorage.

Tugs will be provided by the Marine Terminal and their use, when required by the pilot, is compulsory. Towlines, if required, will be provided by the tugs. Before the tugs are made fast, Masters must sign the TUG SERVICES REPORT AND AGREEMENT presented by the pilot on boarding.

The pilot and any and all assisting tugs (and their Master and crew members) are the borrowed servants of the owners and operators of the vessel assisted for all purposes, their services while so engaged being the work of the vessel assisted, her owners and operators, and being subject to the exclusive supervision and control of the vessel's personnel.

Cummunication between ships and tugs during maneuvering are normally cerried out on VHF Channel 74, in the English Language. In case of a loss of VHF Contact, the following signals can be made on the ship's whistle or siren:

FORWARD TUGS (alongside or on hook)


1 short blast

Tug alongside the starboard side: push against the hull

Tug on hook : pull bow to port

2 short blasts

Tug alongside starboard side : pull on beam (backing)

Tug on hook : pull to starboard

AFT TUGS (alongside or on hook)


1 prolonged blast followed by one short blast

Tug alongside starboard quarter : push against the hul

Tug on hook : pull stern to port

1 prolonged blast followed by two short blasts

Tug alongside starboard side : pull on beam (backing)

1 prolonged blast followed by three short blasts

: slop tug engines

It is emphasized that the whistle signals form of communication between vessel and tugs is for emergency use only and that, if possible, maneuvers should be aborted or suspended until VHF contact is again possible.

Trade and Shipping
Export of crude oil.

The export tanker shall have an adequate deck watch during all cargo and deballasting operations. For vessel(s) loading alongside a minimum of two watchstanders are required to check mooring lines, loading hoses and manifold area. For vessel(s) loading in tandem a minimum of two watchstanders are required; one watchstander will remain on the bow to monitor the mooring and the other will be on roving deck patrol to check the hoses and manifold area throughout the period the export tanker remains moored in tandem. The communications system between the export tanker cargo control room (or its functional equivalent) and the Marine Terminal's cargo control room shall be tested frequently.

Wind and Sea
Electric storms are rare in the offshore area of Ras Isa, but should one pass in the vicinity of the Marine Terminal all cargo and ballast operations will be temporarely stopped until the storm has passed.

Should a heavy rain storm occur during the topping off operations, loading will be suspended until the storm has passed.

When mean wind speeds exceed 25 knots on the Marine Terminal anemometer, export tankers will, depending on the wind direction and general weather conditions, be alerted that cargo/deballasting operations may be suspended and hoses and mooring lines disconnected. The Marine Terminal has the responsibility of determining when wind conditions are reaching the limit of the design criteria for continued operations.

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