PART III | 7 - PORT DESCRIPTION

7.1 - GENERAL

Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz Port is located off the coast of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It consists of DAS Island terminals, ZIRKU Island terminal and MUBARRAZ Island terminal. The port contains a number of marine terminals for exporting crude oil, LNG, LPG and Paraffinic Naphtha. The port provides facilities for cargo handling, storage and distribution. The port area also accommodates an extensive industrial complex.

DAS Island lies 90 miles North West of the city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. DAS Island is the terminal for processing, storage and export of crude oil from the Zakum, Umm Shaif, Bunduq and ABK oil fields by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO); and for liquefying the associated gas and sulphur, processed by Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company Limited (ADGAS).

Mubarraz Island includes the export terminal for crude oil produced by Abu Dhabi Oil Company Limited (Japan) (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”). Crude oil produced from the Company’s Mubarraz Oilfield is transport to Central Facilities Platform (CFP) situated approximately 19 miles east northeast of Mubarraz Island by 4” to 14” flow lines, thence relayed by 14” transmission line to the island. Other crude oil produced from the West Mubarraz oil field is transported through an 8” pipeline under the causeway to a storage tank. Both crude oils are blended and exported from the Island as Mubarraz Blend crude oil. The company has tank storage capacity of 2,240,000 barrels of crude oil on the Island. Average API Gravity of crude oil to be loaded is 39 degrees and flash point is below 0º Centigrade.

The port is well equipped for handling hydrocarbon cargoes.

The port is open all year around and only rarely closed due to severe sand storms, wind or fog.

7.2 - DEVELOPMENTS

The port is constantly improving. Major developments are described at the PPA website:

https://ppa.adnoc.ae.

7.3 - PORT LOCATION

7.3.1 - DAS Island

The island lies offshore - 90 miles North West of the city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

7.3.2 - ZIRKU Island

Is located in the Arabian Gulf at approximately 24° 52’N and 053° 04.1’ E at about 75 nautical miles WNW from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The island is approximately 5 km. long and 2.5 km. wide. A zone of very rugged hills with ridges is located in the center and NNW with an elevated point of 163 meters and a low flat sandy and dusty zone in the SSE.

7.3.3 - Mubarraz Island

Mubarraz Island is located approximately Lat. 24º – 28’ North Long 053º - 22’ East, some 55 miles west of Port of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Arabian Gulf.

7.4 - PORT LIMITS

7.4.1 - Das Zirku Port Limits

To mean all waters encompassed by a line joining the following positions and shall include all jetties, wharves, structures, sea berths (SPM), ZIRKU Island and the part of the Separation Zone situated within the Port limits.

Number Latitude Longitude Note
A 25° 14.00' N 052° 48.00' E Due South
B 25° 04.50' N 052° 48.00' E Then due SE
C 24° 48.90' N 053° 04.80' E Then due E
D 24° 48.90' N 053° 11.00' E Then due N
E 24° 56.80' N 053° 11.00' E Then due NW
F 24° 03.00' N 053° 04.40’ E Then due NW
G 25° 14.00' N 052° 57.00' E Then due W

7.4.2 - Mubarraz Island Port Limits

To mean all waters encompassed by a line joining the following positions:

Number Latitude Longitude Note
A 24° 30.00´ N 053° 36.00´ E       
B 24° 24.00´ N 053° 36.00´ E  
C 24° 24.00´ N 053° 27.00´ E  
D 24° 26.70´ N 053° 21.70´ E  
E 24° 30.00´ N 053° 21.70´ E  

7.5 - LOAD LINES

The Port lies within the Tropical Load Line Zone throughout the year.

7.6 - MAXIMUM SIZE VESSELS

Max draft allowed is 20.5m for ADMA Das and 21.0m for Zirku Terminal.

Maximum allowable draft is 13.5 meters for Mubarraz terminal.

Please refer to individual terminal sections for detailed information.

7.7 - TIME ZONE

GMT + 4 hrs. throughout the year.

7.8 - LOCAL HOLIDAYS

Refer to the UAE Govt. website.

7.9 - WORKING HOURS

Official office hours: Sunday – Thursday, 07.00 - 15.00.

Port Operations and VTIS are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

7.10 - TRAFFIC

Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz port is constantly expanding with close to 900 vessel calls in 2016.

7.11 - BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Annually about 70 million tons of cargo is handled most of which is hydrocarbons.

7.11.1 - General

PPA recognizes the provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM convention) as adopted by IMO on 13th February 2004 and gives full effect to ROPME requirements for Ballast Water Management for the ROPME Sea Area as issued by the IMO on 2nd February 2009, vide MEPC 59/INF.3

N.B. The BWM Convention may enter into force internationally on 8 September 2017. This convention recognizes two standards:

Regulation D-1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard and

Regulation D-2 Ballast Water Performance Standard. Eventually most ships will need to install an on-board ballast water treatment system.

PPA is currently working towards issuing a new set of regulations governing the management of ballast water Until such time as the BWM convention enters into force, the requirements set out below shall apply.

7.11.2 - Scope of application

This section shall apply to all vessels calling at any Petroleum Ports/Terminals for any purpose; of GRT 400 tons and above, with sea water ballast on board originated from outside the ROPME sea area (RSA).

Note: Vessels below GRT 400 tons, with sea water ballast on board originating from outside the ROPME sea area (RSA) shall endeavour to exchange ballast water prior to entering into UAE waters as far as practically possible.

7.11.3 - Enforcement of Ballast Water Management Convention Guidelines

  • i. Vessels intending to discharge ballast water in any of Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports waters, shall only do so taking the provisions of the BWM convention into consideration.
  • ii. Until the BWM convention is enforced, Petroleum Ports Authority will expect vessels arriving into port to:
    • a) Produce an International Ballast Water Management Certificate, issued by the flag state or an authority recognized by the Flag State.
    • b) Have on board an approved ballast water management plan in accordance with IMO guidelines.
    • c) Have a Ballast Water Record Book giving details of when, where and quantity of ballast water taken on board, discharged, exchanged, circulated or treated for ballast water management purpose.
    • d) Complete and submit a Ballast Water Management reporting form (PPA-021), to the Harbour Master of the Petroleum Ports Authority, 72 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival.
  • iii. Petroleum Ports Authority reserves the right to randomly take and tests samples of ballast water upon vessel’s arrival to verify the contents of the ballast water on board.
  • iv. Vessels may not be allowed to discharge ballast water until it is verified that it does not present a threat of harm to human health, the environment, the property or resources.
  • v. Ballast Water pumping records on board may be verified by the Petroleum Ports Authority representative upon the vessel’s arrival.

7.11.4 - Exemptions

The following vessels are exempted from the requirements of this section:

  • i. Navy, CICPA, and other government vessels.
  • ii. Vessels trading exclusively within waters of the RSA.
  • iii. Vessels with permanent sea water ballast in sealed tanks which are not required to be discharged in the Petroleum Ports waters.

7.11.5 - Exceptions

Other than for vessels arriving from zones affected by cholera or outbreak of similar contagious epidemics, the Authority may grant exceptions to vessels from the requirements of this section in the following circumstances:

  • i. In the event of an accidental discharge of sea water ballast and sediments resulting from damage to a vessel or its equipment, provided that all reasonable precautions have been taken for the purpose of preventing or minimizing the discharge.
  • ii. In the event of emergencies when the discharge of sea water ballast and/or sediments is necessary for saving lives at sea, the health of those on board or for the safety of the vessel.

7.11.6 - Reception Facility

Except in emergency cases, PPA does not currently offer a reception facility for discharge of sea water ballast or sediments.

7.11.7 - Violations

Vessels that arrive at any of the Petroleum Ports and found to be in violation of the above requirements, may be denied entry into the port, be prohibited from discharging her ballast or become subject to the appropriate proceedings and sanctions under the laws of the UAE, including, applied fines or detention and shall be reported to its flag administration.

7.11.8 - Compensation

Except for undue delay or detention, which will be avoided as far as practically possible, no compensation or demurrage will be considered for delays incurred as a result of extended investigation of ballast water contents on board, or for a vessel being not in compliance with the above requirements.

7.11.9 - More stringent requirements

The Authority may under special circumstances, e.g. increased risk of introduction of alien species, impose more stringent requirements than those laid down within this section.

7.12 - CHARTS AND BOOKS

Vessels intending to call at Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz Port should have the following publications on board in either Paper or approved Electronic format:

British Admiralty Charts 3179, 3178, 3413, 2444, 3176, 2889.

Admiralty Sailing Directions – NP 63, 17th Edition 2015.

The Guide to Port Entry may also be referred.

7.13 - SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE PORT AREA

Please refer to the PPA website link for local NTM and UKHO NTM.

https://ppa.adnoc.ae/en/marine-notices/local-marine-notices-das-island.

7.14 - PILOT STATIONS

  • i. Das Zirku North Pilot station (25° 10' 00" N, 052° 56’ 00” E)
  • ii. Das Zirku South Pilot station - (25° 00' 00" N, 053° 02' 30" E)
  • iii. Mubarraz Pilot Station- The Pilot/Loading Master will normally embark the vessel from Pilot Boat in the region of 2 miles west of Mubarraz Approach Buoy (approx. position Lat.24- 57.15’ N Long.053-16.35’ E, in case of direct on berth) or in the East Anchorage off Zirku (in case of from anchorage). In exceptional circumstances the vessel may be diverted to Das Zirku South Pilot Station to embark or disembark the pilot.

7.15 - PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

7.15.1 - General - Approaches to Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz Port

Vessels intending to call at Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz Port should have British Admiralty charts 3179, 3178, 3413, 2444, 3176 and 2889 on board.

It is advised that the tracks recommended on these charts be followed for arrival and departure since it provides adequate water for the range of vessels calling at this port.

The routes are well marked with large buoys and light floats which show up well both visually and on radar.

The density of water at Das, Zirku & Mubarraz is 1031.

See Pilot books and “Guide to Port Entry”.

7.15.2 - Das Island

7.15.2.1 - Approaches to Das Islands Terminals

Vessels approaching Das Island must navigate with due caution on account of numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring states. (See cautions on BA charts). Vessels passing to the east of Das Island must not pass closer than 2 miles to the island, and then only with prior permission of the Harbour Master, with due care and attention to vessel movements within the Port.

7.15.2.2 - Southern Route

Vessels approaching from the south must pass not closer than 3 miles south of oil installations, etc. in the Umm Shaif field, thence towards the pilotage / anchorage area south east of Das Island. Special attention shall be paid to the traffic routing system which passes between the Umm Shaif and Zakum oil fields. Vessels / Boats shall navigate in accordance with the requirements of the international rules and regulations for prevention of collisions at sea.

7.15.2.3 - Northern Route

Vessels approaching from the north should normally pass down the west site of Das Island. They should keep at least 4 miles to the west and at least 5 miles to the south of the island. Vessels may pass down the east side of the island provided permission has been granted by the Harbour Master.

7.15.2.4 - Deep Draft Vessels

Deep drafted Vessels may approach the port via the deep water buoyed channel. The channel is intended primarily for the use of deep drafted Vessels sailing from Das Island, but Vessels intending to enter the port via this channel should advise “Das Marine” by radio, of their intention. Masters are advised that this channel is not for the exclusive use of Das Island traffic and are cautioned to proceed accordingly.

7.15.2.5 - Tanker Berth Lights

Structure / Position Location of Light Light

Tanker Berth No. 2

(Decommissioned since 2005, but Lights working)

Lat. 25° 08’ 39” N Long. 052° 53’ 14” E

North Mooring Dolphin
South Mooring Dolphin
Loading Platform North
East Loading Platform
South End

F.R

F.R

2. F.G. (Vert.)

2. F.G. (Vert.)

Tanker berth No. 3

Lat.25° 08’ 9” N Long. 052° 54’ E

S. P. M

Fl. R. 5 Sec Ra.

Tanker berth No. 6

Lat.25° 08’ 02” N Long. 052° 55’ 38” E

S. P. M

Morse Code “U” Red 15 sec.

Range 5 Nautical Miles

LNG / LPG / Paraffinic Naphtha Berth No. 4

Lat.25° 09’ 22” N Long. 052° 53’ 08” E

North Mooring Dolphin

South Mooring Dolphin

Loading Platform North East

F.R.

F.R.

SULPHUR Berth No. 5

 

North Mooring Dolphin

South Mooring Dolphin

2. F.R. (Vert.)

7.15.2.6 - Flare Complex

A series of 6 Flares are located in an arc approximately 4,500 feet (1,370 meters) North of DAS Island. The unlit flares may be brought into service without warning. The northern perimeter of the flare zone is marked by a green conical light buoy, Fl. G. 5 sec. In position: Lat. 25° 11’ 05” N, Long. 052° 52’ 02” E. An additional flare is situated on a small jetty extending approximately 400 feet (120 meters) from shore and approximately 2,500 feet (760 meters) from LNG/LPG Berth No. 4. Numerous flares are situated onshore on the North and North West coasts of DAS Island. All of the flares previously referred to are situated within the restricted area No. 1.

7.15.3 - Zirku Island

7.15.3.1 - Approaches to Zirku Island Terminals

Vessels approaching Zirku Terminal must navigate with due caution on account of the numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring States. See cautions on BA charts.

7.15.3.2 - Southern Route

Vessels approaching from the south must not pass closer than 3 miles south of oil installations etc. in the Umm Shaif field. Special attention shall be paid to the traffic separation scheme which passes between the Umm Shaif and Zakum oil fields and vessels / craft shall navigate in accordance with the requirements of the International Rules and Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.

This separation scheme which crosses the port area includes: A separation zone 0.75 nautical miles wide, a traffic lane for westbound traffic, 1.25 nautical miles wide and a traffic lane for eastbound traffic, 1.25 nautical miles wide. The main traffic directions are: 050° - 230° & 072° - 252°.

7.15.3.3 - TSS marked by light buoys

Name Position Colour / Light / Racon
ZAKUM Racon 25° 06.50 N 053° 25.00 E L Fl W 10 sec. Racon (Z)
ZAKUM East 24° 02.50 N 053° 19.60 E ISO W 6 sec.
ZAKUM Middle 24° 59.30 N 053° 08.60 E R.W.V.S. Pillar L Fl W 10 sec.
ZAKUM West 24° 56.70 N 052° 59.80 E R.W.V.S. Spherical ISO 6 sec.
Reference charts: Admiralty 2444, 3178, 3179, 2889 & 2837.

7.15.3.4 - Deep Draft Vessels

Deep drafted Vessels may approach the port via the deep water buoyed channel. The channel is intended primarily for the use of deep drafted Vessels sailing from Zirku terminal. Other vessels intending to enter the port via this channel must advise “Das Control Room” by radio well in advance of their intentions. Masters are advised that this channel is for the exclusive use of Zirku SBM’s traffic and are cautioned to proceed accordingly.

7.15.3.5 - Navigational Aids (IALA system-A)

See Admiralty Charts No. 2444, 2889, 3178 & 3179.

Name Position Description

Zirku Island light

24° 52’ 59” N

053° 04’ 05” E

Height is 200.86 meters above C.D.

Flare Complex (See B.A. Chart 3179) Flares

24° 52’ 30” N

053° 04’ 18” E

Fixed red light - height 145m

Zirku Flare Platform (ZFP)

24° 51’ 33” N,

53° 02’ 34” E

Flashing white light. MO(U) every 15 sec. Range 15 nm. Fog signal (U) every 30 sec. Range 2 nm.

Repeater Platform

25° 01’ 42” N,

052° 55’ 42” E

White flashing lights “U” code 15 sec. At CD level + 18 meters. Red light at CD level + 34 meters.

Red lights at CD level + 51 meters. Horn MO (U) 30 sec.

Isolated Danger Mark Capped well-head

24° 59’ 08” N,

052° 57’ 01”E

Yellow Pillar 2 Fl Y 5 sec.

Zirku Effluent Water Disposal Platform

24° 51’ 14.8’’ N

53° 17’ 22.2’’ E

Fl. (2 + 1) every 15 seconds. Range 10 miles. Horn one blast for 2 seconds every 18 seconds. Range 2 NM.

7.15.4 - Mubarraz Island Terminal

7.15.4.1 - Approaches to Mubarraz Terminal

Vessels approaching Mubarraz Island Terminal must navigate with due caution on account of the numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring States. See cautions on BA charts.

7.15.4.2 - Navigational Aids (IALA system-A)

See Admiralty Charts No. 2444, 2889, 2837, 3178 & 3179.

7.15.4.3 - Conspicuous Marks

White colour quick flash navigation lights (visibility range 5 NM) are fixed on the following platforms and the flare stacks adjacent to each platform are visible from a fair distance.

Name Lat Long
MR-6 Platform 24° 35’ 44” N 053° 43’ 53” E
CFP 24° 30’ 09” N 053° 42’ 09” E
AA Platform 24° 26’ 15” N 053° 39’ 53” E
MR-5 Platform 24° 30’ 23” N 053° 43’ 39” E
MR-2 Platform 24° 29’ 30” N 053° 42’ 31” E
BF-1 Platform 24° 28’ 11” N 053° 41’ 32” E

7.15.5 - Navigation - Cautions

The Umm Shaif oil field is approximately 20 miles to the east of Das Island and 12 miles to the NNE of Zirku Island.

The Zakum oil field is approximately 48 miles to the south east of Das Island and 14 miles to the East of Zirku Island.

The Bunduq oil field is approximately 15 miles to the west of Das Island.

The ABK oil field is approximately 25 miles to the NNE of Das Island.

The fields, together with their associated oil and gas pipelines to Zirku/Das Island, are marked upon hydrographic charts pertaining to the area.

Mubarraz Approaches - There are some shoals with depths of 14.9 meters (49 feet) in the area between Buoy No.14 and No.15. Masters should pay due consideration to the effect of squat on vessel’s draft in the shallow water, bearing in mind vessel’s trim.

It is essential that Vessels / Boats approaching the Port do not enter the oil field areas or anchor in the vicinity of submarine pipelines.

7.15.6 - Navigation - Restricted Areas

7.15.6.1 - Das Island

i. Restricted areas no. 1 & 2

A LAT 25° 09’ 33” N LONG 052° 52’ 00” E to
B LAT 25° 09’ 31” N LONG 052° 53’ 15” E to
C LAT 25° 08’ 35” N LONG 052° 53’ 36” E to
D LAT 25° 08’ 40” N LONG 052° 53’ 55” E to
E LAT 25° 09’ 27”N LONG 052° 53’ 36” E to
F LAT 25° 09’ 30” N LONG 052° 53’ 36” E to
G LAT 25° 10’ 05” N LONG 052° 53’ 26” E to
H LAT 25° 10’ 05” N LONG 052° 53’ 06” E to
I LAT 25° 11’ 04” N LONG 052° 53’ 06” E to
J LAT 25° 11’ 04” N LONG 052° 53’ 00” E to
K LAT 25° 10’ 30” N LONG 052° 53’ 00” E to
L LAT 25° 10’ 30” N LONG 052° 52’ 30” E to
M LAT 25° 09’ 10” N LONG 052° 52’ 30” E  

ii. Restricted area no. 3

A circular area of radius 1,500 feet (460 meters) centered on tanker berth No. 3 in position:

LAT 25° 08’ 56” N                LONG 052° 54’ 08” E

iii. Restricted area no. 4

A circular area of radius 1,500 feet (460 meters) centered on tanker berth No. 6 in position:

LAT 25° 08’ 02” N                LONG 052° 55’ 38” E

iv. Restricted area no. 5

A circular area of radius 650 feet (200 meters) centered on an Artificial Reef in position:

LAT 25° 08.2’ N                LONG 052° 52.2’ E

7.15.6.2 - Zirku Island

Restricted areas have been established at ZIRKU Petroleum Port. Vessels / Boat are only allowed to enter these areas for duly authorized operational purposes.

i. Restricted Area No. 1

A circular area of radius one nautical mile centered on each of SPM “A” and “B” in positions:

SPM “A”      LAT 25° 00.5’ N                LONG 052° 59.0’ E

SPM “B”      LAT 25° 01.6’ N                LONG 052° 59.6’ E

ii. Restricted Area No. 2

A circular area of radius one nautical mile centered on the repeater platform in position:

LAT 25° 01.7’ N                LONG 052° 55.7’ E

iii. Restricted Area No. 3

A circular area of radius 0.5 nautical mile centered on the ZIRKU flare platform (ZFP) in position:

LAT 24° 51’ 32.69” N                LONG 053° 02’ 34.4” E

7.15.6.3 - Mubarraz Island

The area within 1.15 miles radius from Central Facilities Platform is prohibited for navigation and anchorage. No Vessels shall anchor within the range of 1.5 miles from submarine pipelines.

7.15.7 - Anchorage areas including restrictions

7.15.7.1 - Das Island

i. Boundaries of anchorage area

The anchorage area is bounded by the following Lat. / Long co-ordinates

A LAT 25° 06.6’ N LONG 052° 55.5’ E to
B LAT 25° 04.6’ N LONG 052° 55.5’ E to
C LAT 25° 04.6’ N LONG 052° 55.8’ E to
D LAT 25° 06.6’ N LONG 052° 58.8’ E & finally to (A)
ii. Cautions

Pipelines connecting the tanker berths to the shore lie close to the northern boundary of this anchorage. Within the small Boat anchorage area, are mooring buoys installed by the Company for their own usage. The number of buoys installed and their positions are liable to be changed without promulgation of any notices. The use of these buoys by any Boat is subject to permission being granted by the Port Authority. Unauthorized occupancy of these buoys could result in strong action being taken against the Boat. Any consequential damage / loss of earnings / incidental expenses, etc. incurred by the Company will be for the account of the offending boat.

iii. Holding Ground (Sea Bed)

The sea bed around Das Island is rock, covered by a few inches of loose sand. Holding is poor and Vessels are urged to exercise due care and pay out extra chain.

iv. Prohibited Anchorages

Prohibited anchorage areas have been established within Das Port. Use of anchors within these areas is strictly prohibited.

v. Prohibited Anchorages – South of Das Island

A prohibited anchorage area is established to the south of Das Island in an area encompassed by a line joining the following positions:
A LAT 25° 08’ 40” N LONG 052° 52’ 56” E to
B LAT 25° 08’ 10” N LONG 052° 52’ 56” E to
C LAT 25° 08’ 10” N LONG 052° 53’ 00” E to
D LAT 25° 09’ 00” N LONG 052° 53’ 00” E to
E LAT 25° 09’ 00” N LONG 052° 53’ 20” E then east to shore
vi. Prohibited Anchorage-Tanker Berth no 3 & 6

Prohibited anchorage areas exist within a circular area of radius 1,500 feet (460 meters) centered on:

Tanker berth No. 3 in LAT. 25° 08’ 56” N.                LONG. 052° 54’ 08” E and on

Tanker berth No. 6 in LAT. 25° 08’ 02” N.                LONG. 052° 55’ 38” E.

vii. Prohibited Anchorage – Artificial Reef

A prohibited anchorage areas exists within a circular area of radius 650 feet (200 meters) centered on:

Artificial Reef in position: LAT. 25° 08.2’ N                LONG. 052° 52.2’ E

7.15.7.2 - Zirku Island

i. Boats and Barges Anchorage

This anchorage lies approximately 1 mile to the south, south east of the main jetty (east of island) in an area encompassed by a line joining the following positions:

A Lat. 24° 50.0’ N Long 053° 05.4’ E
B Lat. 24° 51.3’ N Long 053° 05.4’ E
C Lat. 24° 51.3’ N Long 053° 07.0’ E
D Lat. 24° 50.0’ N Long 053° 07.0’ E
An anchorage buoy (Yellow Pillar Fl.5 sec.) marking the NE corner of this area has been installed in position:

LAT 24° 51.3’ N                LONG 053° 06.9’ E.

ii. Prohibited Anchorage Areas / Cautions

To avoid the underwater oil pipelines damage, prohibited anchorage areas are defined as follows:

0.5 nautical mile on each side of the M.O.L. (Main Oil Line) input line.

0.5 nautical miles on each side of the loading lines.

0.5 nautical miles on each side of gas line from ZIRKU Island to DAS Island.

M.O.L. input line from Zakum field reaches the island in the middle of the east coast.

To keep safe navigation for ships and barges approaching the main jetty, a prohibited anchorage area has been established in a 0.5 nautical mile semi-circle from the jetty and to seaward.

Anchoring within the port limits and outside the waiting anchorage areas is prohibited. Exceptions to this may be given by the Harbour Master.

7.15.7.3 - Mubarraz Island

Vessels should advise their time of anchoring through VHF and thereafter maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Ch. 17/16/12 until the PPA Pilot / Loading Master and Company’s Representative boards.

i. Tanker Anchorage

The Tanker Anchorage is within half mile radius from Lat 24º - 36.30’ N Long. 053º 39.20’E (Approx. 340° 2.5 nm from No. 7 Buoy)

The depth of water is 20 meters or more. The seabed all around the anchorage is mud/sand. Holding is not so good and vessel is advised to pay out at least 6 shackles of chain. Vessels shall be advised by radio of suitable anchorage if berth and anchorage are not immediately available.

Vessels should under no circumstances anchor or wait at the area south of LAT. 24°-35’ N without obtaining prior approval from PPA/terminal Superintendent.

ii. Anchorage for Dry-cargo ships

PPA / Terminal Superintendent directs Anchoring position for Dry-cargo ships through VHF radio.

7.15.8 - Reporting and communication

Vessels anchoring to await berthing instructions must advise “Das VTIS” via VHF Radio of same.

All Communications shall be in English.

Das Port Control maintains a 24-hour watch on VHF channel 12/16/&23. All communications other than VHF will be as detailed hereunder.

Das Island Radio Mast is installed in position: Lat. 25° 08’ 30.39” N, Long.052°52’ 43.90” E.

Red lights visible all-round the horizon are established at the top of the mast, 268 feet (81.8 meters) above chart datum.

 

7.16 - PORT ACCOMMODATION AND BERTHS

7.16.1 - Disclaimer – information

The following sections contain information on individual terminals within the port. Whilst the PPA makes every effort to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date, Visiting vessels and other port users are advised to obtain a copy of the current terminal handbook for the respective terminal. These are available with each terminal operating company and may be obtained via the vessels agents.

7.16.2 - Terminals General

The following four terminals are located within the Das Zirku Port & Mubarraz Port:

i. ADGAS terminal – Das Island two berths

Export of LNG, LPG, Paraffinic Naphtha and Sulphur.

ii. ADMA terminal – Off Das Island two SPMs

Export of Crude Oil

iii. ZADCO terminal – Off Zirku Island – two SPMs

Export of Crude Oil

iv. Mubarraz terminal – Off Mubarraz Island – one SPM

Export of Crude Oil

7.16.3 - ADGAS Terminal – Das Island

7.16.3.1 - Berth no. 4 – LNG/LPG and Paraffinic Naphtha

i. General

This is a fixed platform berth, it is an ADGAS installation for the transfer of LNG / LPG and related products. Movements of Vessels to and from the berth are governed by the Port Authority. The berth is a T-head type, with Vessels berthing port side alongside. The berth is accessed by a walkway / pipe track and distanced some 700 m out from the shoreline.

All vessels are subject to a compatibility check by ADGAS prior to being accepted at the terminal.

ii. Berth limitations

Parameters  
Commissioned 1977
Marking light YES
Maximum arrival displacement 100,000 MT
Maximum LOA for all Vessels 300 meters
Minimum LOA for all Vessels 180 meters
Minimum draft permitted alongside is 2.7 meters
Minimum depth of water alongside 14.95 meters
Max Displacement at berth 100000 MT
Max Berthing Draft 13.5
Maximum sailing draft 13.5
Manifold height above water level minimum LNG-14.62 m
LPG-8.2m
Paraffinic Naphtha-3.0m
Manifold height above water level maximum LNG-21.35m
LPG- 21.8m
Paraffinic naphtha- 17.0m
Maximum bow to manifold distance for LPG vessels 164m
Max wind speed for berthing

E’ly- 15 kts

W’ly-25 kts

Position

Lat. 25° 09’ 22” N

Long. 052° 53’ 08” E

iii. Loading Rates

Loading of LNG/LPG, Paraffinic Naphtha and associated products is the responsibility of ADGAS.

 

Maximum LNG loading rate 10,000 m3 / hr
Maximum LPG loading rate 2,500m3 / hr
Maximum Paraffinic Naphtha loading rate 2,200 m3 / hr

iv. Control of Loading / Discharge and Safety

Loading operations must be carried out in accordance with a pre-declared plan which has been discussed with the ADGAS representative. The ADGAS representative will, in conjunction with ship’s staff, carry out inspections and complete the “Ship / Shore Safety Checklist”. Failure to observe the conditions of the checklist may result in the ship being removed from the berth. In the event of an emergency, loading operations may be stopped by the use of emergency shut-down (ESD) ship/shore linked systems or by contacting ADGAS shore control room on the ADGAS VHF radio.

v. Moorings

Moorings Head Breast Spring
LPG World Class of 79,900 m3 Forward 2 2 2
Aft 2 2 2
LNG Carriers up to 125,000 m3 Forward 2 3 2
Aft 2 3 2
LNG Carriers 125,000 m3up to 135,000 m3 Forward 2 4 2
Aft 2 4 2
Once moored, ships fitted with automatic tension winches shall not use such winches

7.16.3.2 - Berth no. 5 – Molten Sulphur

i. General

This is a fixed platform berth designated to load molten sulphur.

Vessels berth alongside two flexible dolphins provided with suitable fendering.

Four additional mooring dolphins are also provided to accept moorings of up to 60 tonnes breaking strain.

ii. Berth limitations

Parameters  
Commissioned 1993
Marking light NO
Max SDWT N/A
Min SDWT N/A
Max berthing limitation - % of capacity 16,000 MT
Maximum LOA 150 meters
Minimum LOA n/a (compatible from mooring & parallel body length)
Minimum draft permitted alongside is 1.6
Minimum depth of water alongside 16.0 meters
Max Displacement at berth 16000 MT
Maximum arrival displacement 16000 MT
Max Berthing Draft 11.7
Maximum sailing draft 11.7
Manifold height above water level minimum 2.0 meters
Manifold height above water level maximum 9.8 meters
Maximum bow to manifold distance 69 meters
Max wind speed for berthing

E’ly- 15 kts

W’ly-20 kts

Max Freeboard 6.89 m
Position

Lat. 25° 08’ 09” N

Long. 052° 53’ 02” E

iii. Loading

An 8” marine loading arm fitted with a Camlock coupler is provided, heat traced and fully insulated. Maximum loading rate is 700 m³ per hour.

iv. Moorings - Minimum Requirements

2 head lines to MD4
2 breast lines to MD3
2 back spring to BD2
2 forward springs to BD1
2 breast lines to MD2
2 stern lines to MD1

Wires or low stretch synthetic moorings only are permitted. Moorings which are reel-mounted shall be secured by the winch brake. Self-tensioning winches may not be used in the self-tensioning mode.

7.16.4 - ADMA Terminal

7.16.4.1 - General

The Terminal consists of two SPMs – TB # 3 and TB # 6.

TB# 3 is a single point mooring (SPM) facility situated approximately 2,285 meters east of DAS Island. The buoy is moored is served by a 48” crude pipeline.

TB# 6 is a single point mooring (SPM) facility situated approximately 5,130 meters south-east of Das Island. The buoy is served by a 48" crude pipeline.

7.16.4.2 - Berth limitations

The berths are capable of accepting Vessels up to 360,000 M/T displacement subject to the following limitations:

 

Parameters SPM 3 SPM 6
Commissioned

1967

(new buoy - 2006)

2005

Marking light Fl. R. 5s  
Maximum LOA 337 meters 337 meters
Minimum LOA 185 meters 185 meters
Minimum depth of water around berth 28 m 22 m
Max Displacement at berth 360000 MT 360000 MT
Max Berthing Draft 18.75 meters 18.75 meters
Maximum sailing draft 20.50 meters 20.50 meters
Max wind speed for berthing 25 kts 25 kts
Max Freeboard 21.50 m  
Water depth at Buoy 28.65 meters 25.0 meters
Position

25° 08’.92 N

052° 54’.14 E

25° 08’.05 N

052° 55’.68 E

7.16.4.3 - Cranes

Visiting vessels are required to be fitted with a hose handling crane/derrick capable of plumbing over side for the full length of the manifold with a minimum safe working load of 15 TONNES SWL or as per the OCIMF requirements, whichever is greater.

7.16.4.4 - Mooring Arrangements

Mooring arrangements are in accordance with OCIMF standards, using a single hawser only. The mooring uses a 76 mm diameter chafe chain and all Vessels must be fitted with bow stoppers and fairleads suitable for 76 mm chain as recommended by OCIMF for mooring of ships at single point moorings.

7.16.4.5 - Loading Rates

The SPMs are fitted with two 20 inch floating hose strings which terminate in 16 inch tail hoses with 16 inch ASA flanges. The maximum loading rate available at the berths is 60,000 bbls/hour.

7.16.4.6 - Control of Loading and Safety at Tanker Berth no. 3 & 6

Two Loading Masters and two Divers will remain on board the vessel throughout its stay at the berth and will coordinate the loading operations with the shore control room.

Loading operations must be carried out in accordance with a pre-declared plan which has been discussed with the Loading Master.

The Loading Master will (in conjunction with ship’s staff) carry out inspections and complete the “ship / shore safety checklist”. Failure to observe conditions of the checklist may result in the ship being removed from the berth.

Changes in loading rates must be communicated to the Loading Master in sufficient time to allow him to contact the shore control room.

In the event of an emergency, loading operations may be stopped by the use of the remote control box by the loading Master, or by contacting the shore control room on the ADMA VHF radio.

7.16.5 - Zirku Marine Terminal – ZADCO

The terminal is located at about 8 nautical miles NNE of ZIRKU Island and consists of two single point mooring buoys.

SPM Description: Both the buoys are identical. The buoy hull is a circular steel structure, the diameter of which is approximately 12.5 meters with a rotating assembly. The colour is orange.

Hoses: The buoy is equipped with two strings of 20” floating hoses with a 16” tail end hose connection. Each string is equipped with winker lights. A radar reflector is installed on the buoy structure.

SPM A - The outer hose string is 328 meters and the inner one 317 meters.

SPM B - The outer hose string is 316 meters and the inner one 305 meters.

Parameters SPM A SPM B
Position

25° 00’32” N

052° 59’ 02” E

25° 01’ 36” N

052° 59’ 30” E

Commissioned 2009 2008
Marking light Fl. “U” 15 s 5NM Fl. “U” 15 s 5NM
Fog Horn (remotely activated) “U” blast every 30 sec “U” blast every 30 sec
Maximum SDWT 350,000 MT. 350,000 MT.
Minimum SDWT 30,000 MT 30,000 MT
Maximum berth limits–% of capacity 80% 80%
Maximum trim for manoeuvring in ballast 3 m by stern. 3 m by stern.
Maximum LOA 345 m 345 m
Minimum depth of water alongside 27m 27m
Maximum Displacement at berth 406000 t 406000 t
Maximum Berthing Displacement 117000 t 117000 t
Maximum sailing draft 21m 21m
Minimum manifold height above water 19m 19m

7.16.6 - ADOC Terminal Mubarraz

7.16.6.1 - General

Name - Mubarraz Island Terminal - ADOC (Crude Only)

Tanker loading is accomplished by means of a Single Point Mooring (SPM) system installed about 8 nm offshore east of the Island. The berth is a single point mooring system consisting of a buoy 50.83 feet (15.25 meters) in diameter, moored to six pendant legs of 3” high strength chain shackled to anchor piles at a radius of 1100 feet (330 meters), and having a rotating deck carrying the pipeline and mooring connections.

7.16.6.2 - Position of Berth (SPM)

Lat. 24º 26’ 05. 1” N,

Long. 053º 31’ 35. 9” E

7.16.6.3 - Depth of Water

16.5 meters (55 feet)

7.16.6.4 - Size of Tankers accommodated

The SPM is suitable for tankers up to 330,000 MT SDWT, the maximum trim for manoeuvring is 3 (Three) meters by the stern

7.16.6.5 - Moorings

Attached to the mooring connections on the berth are two 18” Nylon double braided ropes (144 mm dia. calculated breaking strength 440 Tons). These ropes are 60 meters long, and have at their free end a length of stud link chain, which includes an enlarged end link for fixing to the chain stopper on the deck of the tanker. From the outer end of this chain, there are two mooring lines consisting of pick-up ropes and a towing rope (port side only). The nylon rope is supported by lace floats and the chain is hung by polyurethane buoy 1.5 m in diameter.

Once picked up on the forecastle, the two mooring chains are made fast to the vessel’s chain stoppers. The size of the Panama hole should be at least 300 mm diameter applied with OCIMF standard.

7.16.6.6 - Submarine Pipe-Lines and Hoses

One 32” crude oil line has been laid approximately 52,500 feet (16 km) from the shore to a position close under the buoy. From the underwater manifold, the crude oil goes to the buoy through a 20” underwater hose. The connection between the turret piping of the SPM and the tanker manifold consists of one hose string composed of 24” & 20” x 875’ floating hoses and two hose strings composed of 16” x 180’ tail and tanker rail hoses.

7.16.6.7 - Loading Rate

The maximum loading rate of crude oil is 34,000 bbls/hr or 5,400 kl/hr. Normal loading rate is (5,400 kl/hr).

7.16.6.8 - Pilot / Loading Masters

The Pilot / Loading Masters provided by the Marine Service Provider will undertake pilotage, mooring and unmooring of the Vessel. The Pilot / Loading Master is also authorized to control all the loading operations.

The Pilot / Loading Master will advise the Master of vessel on approaches to the SPM, Mooring, unmooring, connecting and disconnecting cargo hoses and all other operations within the Port area. All manoeuvring of vessels within the Port area shall be done only in accordance with the advice of Pilot / Loading Master, subject to the understanding that in all cases and circumstances the Master of the vessel shall remain solely responsible for the safety and proper manoeuvring of the vessel.

When the vessel is ready in all respects for loading, the vessel’s Officer must inform the Pilot / Loading Master who will transmit the necessary messages to the Mubarraz Terminal on the Island.

7.16.6.9 - Recommended Ballast Condition on Arrival

All Vessels arriving at this port are required to have on board sufficient segregated ballast to give a safe draft for manoeuvring purposes. Vessels arriving with insufficient ballast may be required to increase the quantity, should the Pilot consider that it would not be safe to berth the vessel for loading. As a general rule, Vessels shall not start discharging ballast until mooring is completed.

7.16.6.10 - Documentation

Vessels must submit the following documents:

  • i. Crew Lists
  • ii. Copy of last port clearance
  • iii. Copy of the international tonnage certificate
  • iv. Ship safety equipment certificate
  • v. Registry certificate
  • vi. Voyage memo for the last 10 calls at port facilities
  • vii. Copy of ship’s particulars
All cargo documents and shore figures are usually prepared at Mubarraz Island Terminal office. Early Departure Procedure (EDP) is normally used at the Mubarraz Island Terminal. The Master is required to sign the cargo documents provided by PPA / Port Master as the Company’s representative and on behalf of the Vessel’s agent.

 

7.16.7 - Service Harbours

7.16.7.1 - Das Island

i. Location

Das Island Service Harbour is situated at the south of Das Island. There are a total of 14 berths available at this time. The Inner Harbour consists of twelve berths (No. 3 through No. 14). The facilities are reserved for ADMA-OPCO Boats, Government Boats and Contracted Boats for the loading / discharge of materials and supplies. The maximum permissible draft is 9 feet (2.7 meters), usage of which is governed by the Port Authority / ADMA-OPCO. Eastern Extension of the Service Harbour, consists of two berths (No. 1 and 2) which are reserved for use by ADMA-OPCO, port tugs, and for importation of petroleum products. Maximum draft permitted is 15.5 feet (4.7 meters).

ii. Tugs / Launches

Tugs and Mooring Launches Fire-fighting / pollution control/berthing tugs and Mooring Boats are always available at Das Island to assist in berthing/un-berthing of Vessels at the crude oil, LNG /LPG / Paraffinic Naphtha and Sulphur facilities. A total of 5 tugs, 2 pilot boats and 5 mooring cum line boats are stationed at Das at all times to assist in the berthing / un-berthing of vessels at Das / Zirku and Mubarraz Terminals.

iii. General Cargo Operation

No general cargo is handled at Das Island terminals.

iv. Bunkers, Water, Provisions and Supplies

Not available.

v. Agents

Ships’ Business Sole agents at Das Island are the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).

vi. Gangways

Shore gangways are provided at Tanker Berths No. 4 & 5. Vessel to provide access steps from gangway at ship’s rail. At SPM Tanker Berths No. 3 and 6 the vessel must provide accommodation ladders on both sides of the vessel.

vii. Anchoring

Vessels anchoring to await berthing instructions - All vessels must drop anchor in the position given by the Port Control Room and must advise “Das Port Control” via VHF Radio on ch16/12 of Anchoring time in LT and Anchoring position (bearing and distance from tanker berth No. 6 (SPM)

All Vessels at anchor must keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 16/12

When a vessel intends to leave the anchorage, it must obtain prior approval from “Das Port Control” via VHF Radio by informing them of intended time to heave up anchor and Reason for departing. Upon leaving inform Das Port Control Time departed anchorage (anchor clear).

7.16.7.2 - Zirku Island

i. Location and Description

Zirku Island Service Harbour is situated at the east of Zirku Island.

The main jetty located on the east coast of the Island is approximately 1,250 m long. The jetty has a water depth of between 2 m and4.5 m and is fitted with 15 bollards of 30 to 40 tons capacity.

The quay available for berthing is 160 m long (525’), is oriented NW / SE and has the main jetty breakwater, usage of which is governed by the Port Authority / ZADCO.

The jetty is also equipped with a Ro-Ro facility for small Vessels.

ii. General Cargo Operations Cargo Handling

Contractors have to provide their own mobile equipment to discharge vessels and barges, unless previous arrangements are made with the Company.

As soon as the cargo handling is completed, users should remove their mobile equipment to keep the jetty area clear.

A Mobile crane may be available upon request.

iii. Bunkers

Not available.

iv. Water Provisions and Supplies

Not available.

 

7.17 - WEATHER AND TIDAL INFORMATION

7.17.1 - Climate

The cool winter season extends over November to February with mean daily maximum temperatures of 25 to 30° C and night temperatures of 10 to 15° C. The lowest recorded temperature being 4° C. Ground frost can occur inland. The hot summer season extends over May to September with maximum day temperatures between 40 to 45°C, the highest recorded being 48° C, Night temperatures are about 20 to 25° C, Therefore, it is important that during the hot season the temperature within the visiting tankers accommodation shall not exceed 25° C whilst moored at the SPMs.

Relative humidity is high throughout the year averaging between 50 to 60 per cent by day and 75 to 80 per cent by night. Heavy dew may be experienced throughout the year.

Rainfall is usually associated with thunderstorms which are prevalent from November to May giving a total annual rainfall of 10 to 50 mm. Rain is rare during the remaining months while in some years there is none at all.

Throughout the year the prevailing winds are from the West to North North East sector. They are strongest between November and April when they occasionally reach gale force. Gusts of up to 50 knots have been recorded (April) and a 24-hour mean wind speed of 32 knots from the North-West is on record (January). The shamal or strong North West wind may blow for periods of up to three days and raise a rough sea with waves up to 4.5 meters. Land and sea breeze is experienced throughout the year.

Visibility is 10 nautical miles for 70 per cent of the time and less than 2 nautical miles up to 5 per cent on occasions due to dust, haze or radiation fog. Fog can occur during any month of the year but is most frequent in winter; normally it develops during the night and early morning and clears by 10.00 hours.

Sea temperatures at 3 meters depth range from 20 ° C (in winter) to 32° C (in summer). During the summer the 15 meters’ depth temperature is only a degree or so lower than that at the surface.

7.17.2 - Wind and Tide

7.17.2.1 - Das Island

Prevailing winds are from the North West. However, there are occasions, when sudden gusts of local ‘Shamal’ winds may be experienced where winds can go as high as 50 kts. or higher. Rise of tide can be up to 2 meters but the usual variation is 1 meter. The highest average, spring high tide is about 2.0 meters above chart datum. The lowest average, neap high tide is 1.0 meter above chart datum.

7.17.2.2 - Zirku Island

Prevailing winds are from the North West. Rise of tide can be up to 2 meters but the usual variation is 1 meter. The highest average, spring high tide is about 1.4 meters above chart datum. The lowest average, neap high tide is 1.0 meter above chart datum.

7.17.2.3 - Mubarraz Island

The maximum tidal level in this area is 7 feet; the average tidal level at the Spring tide 3 feet and the Chart Datum is 0.8 feet below I.S.L.W. Tidal current is variable according to the lay of the land. But the flowing tide usually runs South-eastwards and ebbing tide North-westwards. Speed of the current is around 2 knots at the highest. “Tide and Current Table” is published annually by the Company applicable to Mubarraz Island and the surrounding area and may be obtained on application to the company.

7.17.3 - Tidal Streams/ Currents

7.17.3.1 - Zirku Island

At ZIRKU Island tidal currents are semi diurnal. Roughly the flood runs from west to east and the ebb runs from east to west. Eddies are created at the vicinity of any obstacle (breakwater, jetties, etc.) especially close to the south sandy island. Currents can reach a speed of 2 knots. These predictions may be found to be considerably altered by strong winds, especially the Shamal.