Pre-arrival Information

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The procedures mentioned below should be followed before the arrival of vessels to Aqaba:

General information

For general procedures on vessel entry and communication, please refer to the website of the Aqaba Ports Corporation at http://www.aqabaports.com.jo

ACT procedures

Documentation

In order to arrange vessel operations, the agent must provide ACT with the following documents:

  1. Vessel Arrival Notification
    This includes vessel specification, ETA and discharging/loading details and must be sent 24 hours prior to arrival.
  2. Discharging Documents
    • Discharging List (Gang list)
      This includes information about the containers to be discharged from the vessel, type, kind, weight, original port of loading, description of goods, B/L number and destination. The list must be sent 12 hours prior to arrival.
    • EDI file or a profile of the vessel per bay
      This includes stowage positions, category (import, transshipment, restow), status (full, empty), container type and size, special stowage codes and additional cargo specifics (IMO, OOG cargo etc.). The EDI file must be sent 12 hours prior to arrival.
  3. Loading Documents
    • Empty Recap (12 hrs prior vessel arrival)
      This includes an estimated number of empty containers to be loaded and should further include container type, shipping line and port of discharge. ACT will create a list of empty containers and the agent must confirm this recap 8 hours prior vessel arrival.
    • Final loading list (8 hrs prior vessel arrival)
      This includes all full containers which have been registered. The list will be sent prior to arrival by ACT to the agent. A confirmation must be sent to ACT by the agent instantly.
    • Loading instruction (12hrs prior vessel arrival)
      This includes stowage positions, category (Export, transshipment, restow), status (full, empty), container type and size, special stowage codes and additional cargo specifics (IMO, OOG cargo etc.). The file must be sent 12 hours prior to arrival.

First Vessel Call or New Service

  • Prior to a first vessel call at ACT, a vessel specification and Navis Ship Drawing file or a copy of the vessel profile should be submitted to ACT.
  • When a new line starts serving ACT, full details of the line as well as address information of the concerned party should be submitted by the agent to ACT.
  • The vessel schedule should be sent to ACT weekly. Updates on ETA should be sent daily to ACT, in order to enable berth planning and feed back on ETB.
  • A distribution list with contact details should be submitted to ACT in order to enable streamlined communication. Please refer to the contact list on this website for the contact details you should need.

Pre-Arrival Information and Stowage Guidelines

Considering the length of the vessels currently calling ACT, please follow below stowage guidelines when planning AQJ cargo

  • Vessel L.O.A 300m or less: no stowage restriction require for AQJ cargo.
  • Vessel L.O.A between 300m and 340m, NO stow for AQJ cargo/ gear boxes in the first 3X40’ forward bays.
  • Vessel L.O.A between 340m and 370m, NO stow for AQJ cargo/ gear boxes in the first 5X40’ forward bays.
  • Vessel L.O.A more 370m; need to be discussed case by case in advance.

The draft table for the quay as following:

Distance in Meters
Depth (at Lowest astronomical tide)
Draft (assuming 0.5m under the keel clearance)
0 – 333 (berth #1)
15.5m
15.0m
333 – 666 (berth #2)
15.5m
15.0m
667 – 1000 (berth #3)
14.5m
14.0m

Requirements for Smooth operations:

  1. To provide ACT with full bays for AQJ operation, and avoid center hatch stowage since this required for smooth operation due to different cranes specifications allocated at the quay side.
  2. Vessel Highness up to 6 HC containers on deck and that depend also on vessel draft on arrival , the lower draft then less containers on deck can be handled smoothly.
  3. ACT have 2 cranes only can handle 22 rows, and in order to have the flexibility to serve such vessel size with different cranes, ACT recommend to have cargo stowed to the star board side/center stowage and up to 17 containers in row within bay.
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