This section contains information on the notification that are required when arriving / departing and whilst within the Port.

4.2 - HEALTH

4.2.1 - Free Pratique

Every ship, upon arriving from a foreign port, shall exhibit the international signal requesting free pratique. The terms of the preceding sentence shall not apply to ships that are suspected of infection or are infected and/or under any orders or laws in force, which ships shall be subject to the rules governing quarantine for persons and animals and/or to the provision of such orders or laws.

No craft other than the one carrying the Pilot or Port Health Officer may approach any vessel entering the port and no other person may board any such vessel until quarantine formalities have been completed. The boarding pilot will grant "free pratique".


No separate immigration formalities are required. This is taken care of by the agents.


4.4.1 - Das Zirku Port

No separate customs formalities are required. This is taken care of by the agents.

4.4.2 - Mubarraz Port

Under normal circumstances, customs officers do not board vessels at this port. Upon arrival, the Master is required to submit to the customs through the vessel’s Agent, a manifest of any cargo to be loaded at Mubarraz Island Terminal. After loading is completed the Pilot / Loading Master will sign on behalf of customs an outward manifest and issue the port clearance. These will be handed to the Master by the Agent.

4.5 - ETA

4.5.1 - Das Zirku Port

All vessels calling at Das Zirku Port must send the pre-arrival information to the Harbour Master at least 72 hours in advance in the prescribed format and sequential order to avoid unnecessary delays. Updates to ETA are required at 48, 24 and 12 hours prior to arrival, and at 4 hours prior to arrival via VHF to Das VTIS on VHF Ch.23 and  Das Port Control on VHF Ch.12.

4.5.2 - Mubarraz Port

Vessels should advise their ETA Mubarraz to the terminal at least one week in advance and send Pre-Arrival information to the Harbour Master at least 72 hours in advance, the ETA notices shall be sent in the prescribed format and sequential order to avoid unnecessary delays.

Updates of ETA are required at 48, 24 and 12 hours prior to arrival.

Confirmation of ETA should be made 4 hours on VHF before arrival 2 nm due west from “Mubarraz Approach Buoy” by calling “Mubarraz Terminal” on channel 17 and “Das Port Control” on channel 12.

Reporting to VTIS shall be communicated on VHF Channel 23.

The Master of each vessel should tender Notice of Readiness at the time of dropping anchor at the assigned anchorage or at the time of the Pilot on board the vessel to commencing berthing.

Usually, Notice of Readiness will be accepted at the time of passing Mubarraz buoy No.15 on the way to the SPM for berthing.

4.6 - ETD

The Master or Agent of any ship within the port shall inform the port control giving at least Four (4) hrs. notice of departure and shall further confirm the time of departure Two (2) hrs. before being ready to sail.


All vessels must send the ISPS Code Security Questionnaire 72 hrs. prior to arrival as mentioned in section 3.2.4. Vessels carrying arms/ammunition shall follow the procedure listed therein.


4.8.1 - Permission for Dangerous Goods

No person may bring explosives or dangerous goods into the Petroleum Ports limit without the written permission of the Port Authority of the respective port. The Port Authority must be informed of any dangerous cargo (as classified in the IMDG - Code) carried in any vessel arriving within the port area whether or not it is intended for discharge at that Petroleum Port.

4.8.2 - Information to be provided to Harbour Master

At Least 72 Hours prior arrival, the Master or Agent must submit the following documents to the Harbour Master’s Office.

  1. Manifest
  2. Dangerous Goods Notes in an approved form (includes the quantity, load, type and source of loading and the port of discharge.)
  3. Stowage Plan
  4. An approved certificate confirming that loading and stowage of such dangerous materials was completed in a proper and safe manner, which they were packed as stipulated under: “International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code – IMDG Code” and that special markings were affixed to it.

4.8.3 - Anchorage

Vessels importing “explosives” or dangerous goods of a flammable or corrosive nature will be assigned a specific anchorage position on arrival.

4.8.4 - Inspection

Port Authority representative will inspect the cargo if required and consult with the Master and Agent before discharge.

4.8.5 - Stowage

Stowage of the dangerous goods on board vessels must meet the segregation and stowage requirements of the IMDG code.

4.8.6 - Handling / detonation

The unauthorized handling and detonating of any explosive or pyrotechnical device within the Port limits is strictly prohibited. Where explosives are required for construction purposes, the contractor concerned must apply to the Harbour Master for written permission. Blasting for commercial purposes shall be under the strict control of the Port Authority.

4.8.7 - IMDG Classification

All dangerous cargo is classified as per the IMDG-Code “International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code”.

4.9 - WASTE

No facilities available at any offshore Petroleum Port. However, the waste collection facility is available at Onshore ports.