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Key port information can also be found at: Website of the Maritime Database on Aden Port

Port Overview

The Port of Aden is situated between the promontories of Aden (Jebel Shamsan, 553 m) and Little Aden (Jebel Muzalqam, 374 m) and is protected from the NE and SW monsoons by these hills and along the northern boundary by land, enabling it to operate without restriction all year. The harbor covers an area some 8 nm east-west and 3 nm north-south.

Port website: Website of the Port of Aden

For further general information on the Port of Aden, please select the following document: Yemen Aden Port Additional Information

Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name : Aden

km: n/a

Port's Complete Name






Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Yemen Ports Authority

Management Contact Person


Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

Port Picture

  • The port consists of the outer harbor, providing anchorage areas, the oil harbor at Little Aden on the west side of the harbor.
  • The inner harbor to the east hosts Aden Container Terminal (ACT), Mualla port, a fishing harbor and a ship repair yard.
  • The inner harbor is protected by a short breakwater at Ras Marbut, where the harbour control tower is situated.
  • The Aden Gulf Terminal (AGT) at the western end of the Ma’alla Terminal is privately operated and offers stevedoring services for company cargoes and other vessels. Established by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group of companies it’s the first dry and general cargo terminal in the country able to handle Panamax size bulk carriers (80,000 MT) due to its special depth.

The Fishing Port located within the commercial port area of Aden, with a total area of 8.5 hectares hosting a variety of large buildings which include:

  • a 2000 tone capacity cold storage complex
  • a 100 tones/day ice maker
  • a general fish handling/fish processing area
  • a fishing gear manufacturing and repair area

These harbors are reached by a channel from the entrance mid-way between the promontories. The outer section of the channel has a depth of 16.0 m, whilst the channel to the inner harbor, leading north east from the bifurcation point, has a depth of 15.0 m. There is a turning area, off the ACT with a depth 15.0 m and a diameter of 700 m.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.4 Yemen Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

Full details are available at: Website of the Port of Aden
Port regulations are detailed in decree 108 2009 available at: Website of the Port of Aden on Regulations

Handling Figures

Year (see cells)

Vessel Calls

1,763 (2010)

1,362 (2011)

Container Traffic (TEUs)

370,382 (2010)

180,185 (2011)

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Website of the Port of Aden on Tariffs

For detailed information on discharge rates, handling and charges, please select the following document:

Yemen Aden Port Additional Information

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

  1. Ma'alla
  2. Home Trade
  3. AGT
  1. 2
  2. 1
  3. 2
  1. 375
  2. 250
  3. 303
  1. 11.0
  2. 6.7
  3. 14 & 12

Container Berth

  1. Ma'alla
  2. ACT
  1. 2
  2. 2
  1. 375
  2. 700
  1. 11.0
  2. 16.0

Silo Berth




Berthing Tugs

Dedicated pier

Water Barges

Maritime Wharfs

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

3,4,5 & 6

Exports - Bagged Cargo

3,4,5 & 6

Imports and Exports - RoRo

RoRo Ramp

Other Imports

3,4,5 & 6

For further information on General Cargo - Imports, please select the following document:

Yemen Aden Port Additional Information

Port Handling Equipment

Aden Container Terminal (ACT) has 4 gantry cranes on the wharf, however they collapsed during a storm in September 2009 and were damaged, and 3 are now working satisfactorily, the fourth however maybe beyond repair.



(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries


5, 10, 20, 40 MT


Mobile Cranes


Several, 50 MT (max)






RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)




Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines










7 - 42 MT (4), 28 MT (3)


For more information on operational port cargo equipment, please select the following document:

Yemen Aden Port Additional Information

Container Facilities

The container yard covers a total area of 35 hectares, and has 3,312 x 20 foot ground slots with a current storage capacity of 5,328 ground slots or 21,312 TEU (stacked four high). •  A 97 m x 48 m CFS and multi-county consolidation shed, with office space, is located to the rear of the container yard, together with terminal offices, independent power station (14 MW), desalination plant, workshops and waste treatment plant. • The ACT operates a fleet of service, maintenance and emergency vehicles. Ma'alla Container berths • The container yard covers a total area of 7 hectares, and has 426 x 20 foot ground slots with a storage capacity of 852 TEU (two high). • A 170 m x 60 m cargo shed with offices is used as a CFS at the back of the yard.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes, 2


Refrigerated Container Stations



Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

20 / Hour

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

ACT: 252

Ma'alla: 32

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)


Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)



Capacity of CFS:

  1. ACT: 10,000 TEU
  2. Ma'alla 852 TEU

Customs Guidance

1.3 Yemen Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Ma'alla Multipurpose berths

Cargo ships of up to 50,000 DWT, LOA 275 m, draft 11.3 m can berth at the Inner Harbour buoy berths.
Cargo ships of up to 40,000 DWT, 190 m LOA and draft 10.7 m can berth alongside at the Ma'alla Terminal.
The area inside the boundary wall of the Ma'alla Wharf has been declared as the "Aden Free Port".
Customs inspections are carried out in a customs area at the eastern end of the Ma'alla Wharf.

Grain and Bulk Handling

Located in Ma'alla Multipurpose terminal

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

Bagging - Grain Handling

There are two wheat mills in Ma'alla harbor each with their respective bagging and grain handling facilities, full details are in the milling capacity assessment (2.7.1 and 2.7.2).

Main Storage Terminal

A large number of cargo storage sheds are available at the Ma'alla Terminal, including two 170 m x 60 m cargo sheds and the CFS.
The Ma'alla Terminal provides 10 hectares of open storage area.

Storage Facilities

A large number (approximately 14) of general (old) cargo storage sheds are available at the Ma'alla Terminal, although many are in a state of disrepair, they can be used for lighter age, transit or customs operations.

Details of the total floor space for these sheds in particular was not available but would be incorporated into the totals below.

  • An additional two (new) 170m x 60m cargo sheds at the back of the yard are in good condition.
  • Mulla customs are close to the berths and officials will inspect goods on the berth itself during unloading.


  • A 97 m x 48 m CFS and multi-county consolidation shed, with office space, is located to the rear of the container yard,
  • ACT customs have an open compound 2.5 KM from the berths and goods are transported from berth to customs incurring addition ground handling costs.

For further information on storage facilities, the main silo terminal and the oil terminal, please select the following document:

Yemen Aden Port Additional Information

Port Security

The Coast Guard - Gulf of Aden Sector, owns and operate fast, unique and advanced high-tech patrol boats, sophisticated weapons and a military base.
The main responsibilities of the Coast Guard is to secure the sea ports , its facilities and approaches to channels from threats and to provide assistance to various vessels .


ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

Coast guard – dedicated

Fire Engines