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.

For further details please refer to the Port of Aden web site: