Harbours including Harbours within Artificial Islands


PPA has been vested with the responsibility of management of all Harbours within ADNOC concession areas as per Resolution 2 of 2013. PPA has entrusted the responsibility of operation of these harbours to the relevant Group Company as per Table 1.2.i and 1.2.ii, however PPA will retain the management responsibility of Harbours.

1.1. Objectives

These standards help in ensuring that the Harbour operations are conducted safely, always in line with the International, Federal and Local legislations/requirements.

1.2. Scope

This procedure is intended to cover all harbours including harbours within the artificial Islands. Any new harbours, as and when commissioned shall comply with these standards.

  1. Harbours within Petroleum Ports:

  2. S.no Island / Harour Operated by Management
    1 Ruwais Industrial area service Harbour ADNOC L&S Harbour Master Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
    2 Jebel Dhanna Harour ADNOC Onshore Harbour Master Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
    3 Das Harbour ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    4 Zirku Harbour ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    5 Mubarraz Harbour ADOC Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
  3. Harbours outside Port limits:

  4. S.no Island / Harour Operated by Management
    1 Al-Dabbiya field ADNOC Onshore Harbour Master Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
    2 Hail & Ghasha Operated and managed by ADNOC Offshore on behalf of ADNOC Sour Gas Harbour Master Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
    3 Arzanah ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    4 Al Qatia Island (formerly SARB North) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    5 Bu Sikeen island (formerly SARB South) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    6 Asseifiya Island (formerly Zakkum south island) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    7 Ettouk Island (formerly Zakkum north island) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    8 Al Ghallan Island (formerly Zakkum Central island) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz
    9 Umm Al Anbar Island (formerly Zakkum West island) ADNOC Offshore Harbour Master Das Zirku & Mubarraz



Term Definition
ADOC Abu Dhabi Oil Company
ADNOC Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
ADNOC Group means ADNOC together with each company in which ADNOC, directly or indirectly, controls more than fifty percent (50%) of the share capital.
ADNOC L&S ADNOC Logistics and Services
ADNOC Onshore ADNOC Onshore company (formerly ADCO)
ADNOC Offshore ADNOC Offshore company (formerly ADMA and ZADCO)
Artificial Islands An artificial island is an island that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means.
AtN Aids to Navigation
Craft Shall mean the general term for all vessels, crafts and boats visiting the harbour.
EAD Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi
FTA Federal Transport Authority Land and Maritime
Harbour Shall mean a sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked, this includes the Harbours within Artificial Islands.
Harbour Supervisor / Port Captain Shall mean the person appointed by the Group Company to execute, on its behalf, the duties of the in charge of the Harbour and shall include his assistants or subordinates who are, or may be, duly authorized to act on his behalf
IALA International Association of Lighthouse Authorities
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
Port Limits Means the limits as stated in PPA Port regulations
PPA ADNOC Petroleum Ports Authority
SARB Satah Al-Razboot
SOLAS Safety of Life at Sea
Tow Shall mean push, pull or propel in whatever manner in the custom of the trade.
Tug Shall mean any vessel so designed as to be able to tow any other vessel as well as any vessel engaged in towing any other vessel whether so designed or not
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 as amended
VTIS Shall mean Vessel Traffic Information Services
Vessel's Master or Master Shall mean the Captain or his duly authorized deputy or any person who for the time being is in charge of that vessel.



3.1. Petroleum Ports Authority shall:

  1. establish an exclusion zone of ‘’500’’ meters measured from each point of the outer edge around the artificial islands as per UNCLOS article 60;
  2. ensure that these standards do not contravene with any international/ federal and local requirements;
  3. ensure timely, useful and accurate information is communicated to ADNOC HSE/Higher management regarding incidents;
  4. investigate accidents, incidents or/and high potential near misses systematically using approved PPA procedures
    • • ensure agreed action plan is distributed amongst all relevant stakeholders.
      • ensure close out of the corrective actions within agreed time frames; and
  5. in order to ensure compliance with these standards, conduct audits as and when deemed necessary.

3.2. Group Company shall:

  1. ensure compliance with these standards;
  2. ensure an harbour incident management plan is in place for each harbour/cluster to deal with any marine crisis. The harbour incident management plan shall be submitted to PPA;
  3. ensure that sufficient Aids to navigation (AtN) are deployed in the approaches and within the harbours. The AtN shall be deployed in such a way so as to enhance safety of navigation. All such AtN shall be in compliance with IALA requirements;
  4. ensure that a maintenance plan for AtN mentioned above is available and enforced;
  5. any procedures for operations of the Harbours shall be in conformance with International/federal and local requirements and shall not contravene with any requirements as set out by PPA; and
  6. remain responsible, accountable and liable for all operational Health, Safety, Security and Environment related issues.



  1. All crafts shall comply with PPA Port regulations as amended from time to time.
  2. All crafts shall have ADNOC Vetting approval, and shall secure PPA craft entry permit before entering Port limits.
  3. ADNOC Group companies will conduct the operation of the Harbours within petroleum ports, However the administration and overall management of these Harbours lies with PPA.
  4. It shall be ensures that the operations within these harbours do not interfere with the Port operations.



5.1. Exemptions

  1. All crafts irrespective of their size and nature of operation are exempt from ADNOC Vetting requirements unless a Vetting inspection is requested by the Group company.
  2. Above requirement does not exempt the vessels from the Group company inspection regime.
  3. All crafts irrespective of their size and nature of operation are exempt from PPA Craft Entry Permit requirements.

5.2. ADNOC Group Company sahll:

  1. ensure that a qualified Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain is assigned and available for operational supervision of the Harbour;
  2. ensure that all Harbours/Clusters are equipped with a traffic surveillance and monitoring systems capable of communicating with and tracking the crafts calling these harbours. The responsible ADNOC Group company shall consider establishment of such system if it does not exist;
  3. have a plan for periodical bathymetric survey of the harbour basin and the channel leading to these harbours, which plan shall be submitted to PPA; and
  4. ensure that a harbour conservancy plan is in place, this shall include but not be limited to short term and long term maintenance plan for channels, basins, Harbours etc.

5.3. Harbour Supervisor, Port Captain shall:

  1. act as overall in charge of the assigned Harbour;
  2. work in coordination with the respective PPA Harbour Master as per table 1.2.ii;
  3. approve the mooring/lifting plans as submitted by crafts;
  4. issue directives on the maximum allowed operational draft;
  5. issue directives for minimum UKC;
  6. prescribe and ensure adherence to maximum allowable weather criteria;
  7. plan, regulate and manage the traffic within these harbours;
  8. initiate response to any marine incident as per the Harbour incident management plan; and
  9. prepare local notices to Mariners and submit to the respective PPA Harbour Master as per table 1.2.ii.

5.4. Craft Owners/operators and Masters shall be responsible for the following:

  1. Advance Notification:

    • Provide sufficient advance notification of movement as specified by the harbour supervisor.
    • Ensure that no person or craft enters/leaves the harbour unless authorised to do so by the Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain.

  2. Personnel Gas monitors

    • Where required, ensure all personnel are provided with personnel H2S detectors.

  3. Speed

    • Ensure all crafts shall at all times proceed at a safe speed whilst approaching and operating within a Harbour.

  4. Under keel Clearance (UKC)

    • Ensure vessel does not exceed the maximum allowable operational draft for the Harbour as issued by the Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain.
    • Ensure compliance with the UKC requirements for the relevant harbour.

  5. Mooring and Towing

    • Deploy sufficient moorings and have spare mooring ropes available to ensure that the vessel remains safely moored at all times.
    • Where requested by the Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain, a mooring plan shall be submitted.
    • Be appropriately secured within the harbours and shall not change their moorings without Harbour supervisor/Port Captain’s express permission.
    • Ensure that all non-propelled barges/crafts shall be accompanied by a tug(s) of sufficient power to ensure controlled movement.
    • For any inward passage to the Harbours ensure that all towing arrangements are third party certified, for outward passages however the same certificate may be considered valid in the event there has been no material change to the towing arrangements or to the distribution of weights on the craft/barge.
    • Operational staff in charge of the tow shall when requested, submit a risk assessment to the Harbour Supervisor/ Port Captain, submitted risk assessment shall be duly reviewed / endorsed by the Harbour Supervisor.

  6. Lifting Operations

    • No lifting operations for weights of 2 Tons or more be conducted without having a Risk assessment in place.
    • All cranes shall be clearly marked with the safe working load of the equipment. All fixed lifting gears shall be third party tested / certified.
    • All lifting operations shall be carried out under the supervision of competent and authorized personnel.
    • All loose lifting gear shall be colour coded as per Group company requirements.
    • No lifting operations shall be permitted in the event prevailing weather conditions exceed the maximum allowable weather criteria for the Harbour.

  7. Compliance with International, and Federal legislations

    • All crafts shall comply with the International Collision regulations (COLREGS).
    • All crafts shall be fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) in compliance with SOLAS even if the craft Is not subject to SOLAS requirements. SOLAS. The unit may not be switched off without specific instructions from either the CICPA Commander or the Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain.
    • All dangerous goods shall be packed, stored and transported as per the requirements set out in the IMDG code as amended.
    • All craft owners/operators shall ensure compliance with circular 01/2018 of Federal Transport Authority land and maritime UAE, which requires crafts to have financial security system matching the requirements of clause 2.5 and 4.2 of MLC 2014 as amended.
    • Ensure compliance with Federal law no.24/1999. “Discharge of sewage effluent into the marine environment is forbidden”.

  8. Bunkering

    • For all bunkering operations, regulations of the relevant harbour shall be adhered.

  9. Ship to ship transfer

    • Comply with all International/ federal and local regulations.

  10. Additional Requirements

    • Crafts shall have their anchors ready at all times for immediate use, except when crossing above any pipelines, during which times the anchors must be secured.
    • Crafts shall not anchor near any submarine pipeline unless engaged on work which necessitates their doing so. Approval for anchoring shall be secured from the Harbour supervisor/Port Captain.
    • No diving operations shall be permitted whilst the craft is alongside in the Harbour except with the prior permission of the harbour supervisor.
    • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on crafts within the Harbours.
    • No swimming or fishing allowed within the Harbours.
    • All barges if required by its classification society shall produce stability calculation for their arrival and departure conditions when requested by the Harbour supervisor/Port captain
    • All personnel involved in operations with in these harbours shall use SOLAS approved Lifejackets (Life vests are not allowed to be used).
    • No repair and maintenance shall be carried out on any craft without the express permission of the Harbour Supervisor/Port captain.
    • No personnel transfer is allowed unless an appropriate transfer system is used, such transfer system shall be acceptable to the Harbour Supervisor/Port Captain.