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Port of Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

Port of Mina Zayed Information

With its establishment in the year 1972, Port of Mina Zayed has become the oldest commercial deep-water port in Abu Dhabi. The transfer of Mina Zayed Port’s container traffic to Khalifa Port has given it the status of a premier regional hub for general and bulk cargo, as well as cruise tourism. The port has 21 berths and the depth of each berth ranges from 6 to 15 meters. They have a total length of over 4,375 meters.

Administered by Abu Dhabi Ports Company PJSC or ADPC, the Mina Zayed Port has three basins as listed below:

  • First Basin: It is meant for deep-water vessels inclusive of cruise liners as well as general cargo vessels
  • Second Basin: It is primarily a Free Port basin for smaller vessels, barges, tugs and service crafts
  • Third Basin: It is a New Free Port basin that caters to lay-by as well as vessels to facilitate require minor maintenance

Situated at a strategic location, the port of Mina Zayed has improved Abu Dhabi’s international trade. It was a key factor in The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which is the government’s plan to achieve economic diversification.

The port Zayed Abu Dhabi is now being developed as a ‘world class cruise destination’ through an expansion plan which includes:

  1. Developing the cruise terminal’s and offering accommodation for about two large cruise ships and alongside a small vessel
  2. Providing state of the art tourist friendly facilities
  3. Equipping the terminal with modern machinery and facility
  4. Developing a traditional souk, heritage area that engages tourists and passengers alike

At the Zayed Port, pilotage is mandatory for all ships inside the port limits, this includes the passable channels that lead to the port as well as all the waters and basins that are along with the quays as well as jetties in the port.

Normally, the Abu Dhabi Ports are extended a general exemption from pilotage that includes all vessels not more than 100 meters long. However, it is an exception for ships that carry hazardous cargoes in bulk. These ships would comprise of bunker barges that are eligible for exemption only if they are not more than 60 meters long. Mandatory pilotage is applicable to all Vessels of length 24 meters that has more than 12 passengers inside or vessels not noted above.

Vessels must follow the below-mentioned guidelines:

  • Licensed pilot for navigation of the ship around the Mina Zayed port limits
  • Certificate of Exemption from Abu Dhabi Ports. (If the vessel has an exemption certificate, it need not essentially need a licensed plot.)
  • Submit all the required documents at the first Abu Dhabi port upon arrival via fax or email within a minimum time span of 48 hours.

A glimpse at some facts about the Port of Mina Zayed:

  1. 510 hectares of land
  2. 3 basins
  3. 21 berths
  4. 8M tonnes of general cargo capacity
  5. 20K tonnes of cold storage capacity
  6. 143,000M2 of warehouse capacity