Navigation / movement within the Port limits are permitted subject to prior permission being granted by the Port Authority.
Vessels visiting the port area must have on board, a sufficient range of current navigational charts and other nautical publications (such as light list, tide tables, pilot books, etc.) relevant to the area either in paper format or SOLAS approved electronic form. These charts and publications must be of the latest edition and kept up to date with regard to notice to mariners and other notices promulgated for the area.
Prior to port entry, and during pilotage, Position fixing should be carried out by the Ship Staff at frequent Intervals.
A VTIS station is installed in Ruwais Port Control Room and monitors all traffic within the Port. Details of VTIS operation are available in section 11.2.
|JD RUWAIS BERTHS||WIND DIRECTION||SUSPEND BERTHING KTS||SUSPEND CARGO OPERATION KTS||DISCONNECT LOADING ARMS, HOSES, LOADER KTS||UNBER TH KTS|
|VISIBILITY||Less than 0.5 NM||Suspend Berthing / Un-berthing|
|VISIBILITY||Less than 1.0 NM||Suspend Channel Transit|
|1. Same weather parameters to be considered for STBD side berthing for ADNOC Refining and ADNOC Gas Processing berths.|
|2. For ADNOC Refining and ADNOC Gas Processing as shown in the above figure the wind speed for suspending berthing is 25 knots if the wind is blowing from right ahead to 45 degrees on the bow 15 knots if the wind is blowing from more than 45 degrees from the bow to right astern.|
|3. Onshore wind speed is up to Pilot discretion.|
|4. Wind direction is relative to vessel’s bow|
JD - SPM
||All Directions||20||27||30||PPAs Discretion|
|Suspend cargo operation (Urea), if humidity more than 80%|
|SULPHUR 1& RLNGT||All Directions||20||20||30||PPAs Discretion|
|SULPHUR 3 & 4||All Directions||20||20||30||PPAs Discretion|
|BOROUGE||All Directions||20||30||30||PPAs Discretion|
|Sir Baniyas terminal Anchor A1/A2/A3
|All Directions||Winds in excess of 35 knots, despatch a pilot and if required a standby tug, vessel to keep engines ready to depart should the need arise|
It is very important to understand that the limits stated above are for guidance purposes only and following contributory factors shall be taken into consideration before making any operational decision:
In all cases, evaluation of the situation to be conducted prior any decision reverting to the above parameters and subject to Pilot discretion.
Determination: Anemometer (in Knots) holding at the specific wind speed or above for not less than 5 minutes.
If the vessel is already underway and the visibility drops, further action of continuing the passage or proceeding to anchorage shall be based on the discussion between the pilot and the master of the vessel.
Pilot transfer operations shall be suspended if pilot boarding is difficult due to high swell or any other adverse weather condition.
To ensure safe channel passage, the following minimum dynamic under keel clearance shall be maintained for all ships entering or leaving the port:
|A||Up to 100,000 SDWT||0.92 meters / 3 Feet|
|B||Up to 250,000 SDWT||1.22 meters / 4 Feet|
|C||Up to 350,000 SDWT||1.52 meters / 5 Feet|
|D||Over 350,000 SDWT||1.83 meters / 6 Feet|
Unless otherwise directed by the Harbour Master:
Overtaking in channels is not allowed unless it is extremely necessary and if the following conditions are met:
Vessels shall, at all times, comply with the International Code of Signals and display flags, shapes and lights as required by the International Regulations For Preventing Collision at Sea
Every vessel entering the Petroleum Port of Jebel Dhanna Ruwais shall occupy such anchorage, berth or mooring as may be directed by PPA, and shall move to any other anchorage, berth or mooring as and when required by PPA.
No vessel shall shift or change the anchorage, berth or mooring allotted except upon instructions from the Harbour Master.
No vessel shall have the right to any anchorage, berth or mooring within the port by priority of arrival or any other reason.
Note: - The anchorage positions are delineated on Admiralty Chart No. 3780 and are identified by letter of the alphabet.
No vessel or boat, other than boats belonging to or acting for PPA(after securing permission from the Harbour Master of the relevant port.), shall make fast to any navigational aid, mark or buoy.
Vessels shall not add/remove any moorings unless authorized by the Harbour Master or his deputy. Moorings are subject to examination by the Harbour Master or his deputy.
No buoy, floating mark or obstruction shall be laid anywhere within the Port for any reason unless authorized by PPA.
PPA shall have the right to remove any obstruction of whatever nature at its sole discretion and the owners thereof shall be liable for any expenditure so incurred.
All vessels shall be moved or warped from place to place within the port by such route, means and with such appliances as may be ordered by PPA.
In the event of adverse weather conditions at times, or if, in the opinion of the Harbour Master, the situation warrants, the vessel shall provide extra adequate moorings in addition to those normally required in order to safeguard the vessel and installation.
All ships berthing or un-berthing or moving within the Port shall employ the services of such minimum number of tugs as may be required by PPAs tug usage requirements.
All ships berthing or un-berthing at a main sea berth, oil jetty or cargo wharf will be provided with a suitable mooring launch to assist as required.
Towage services shall not be provided to any vessel without pilot on board, except at the discretion of the Harbour Master or if required in cases of emergency.
Whenever a port tug is dispatched to assist a vessel which is broken down, aground, or cannot manoeuvre as required, through some disability, special towage fees will be charged in respect of such tug as prescribed.
Normally, vessels will pick up pilot at Ghasha pilot station and proceed inward via the Ruwais and Yas Channels. Vessels of less than 10.0m draft may instead pick up pilot at the East Ghasha Pilot Station and proceed inward via the East Ghasha and Ruwais Channels.
Prohibited areas exist for a distance of 2.8 cables (500 meters) around any petroleum ports berth at which any ship is engaged in loading or discharging any petroleum cargo and no vessel or boat may enter such prohibited area without instructions from the port authority.
The vessels / boats approaching the port are strictly prohibited to enter the oilfield areas or anchor in the vicinity of submarine pipelines.
A restricted area exists around the ADNOC Onshore sea berths within an area bounded by:
a line from Jebel Dhanna jetty to
24° 11.20’ N, 052° 37.51’ E to;
Lat. 24° 13.06’ N, Long. 052° 37.48’ E to;
a tangential position 1.131 NM off No. 4 SPM. Buoy to;
a tangential position 1.131 M from SPM No. 3, to;
Lat. 24° 10.48’ N and Long. 052° 37.57’ E
A restricted area exists around the Refinery, ADNOC Gas Processing (formerly GASCO) and Bulk Cargo terminals at Ruwais within an area bounded by a line from a position:
Navigation and Anchoring within the above restricted areas are prohibited except for ships with a pilot on board.
Within these areas, no vessel or boat may secure or make fast to a petroleum jetty without instructions/permission from the Port Authority.
Departing vessels will normally proceed via the Ruwais Channel through to Ghasha Pilot station. Vessels of less than 10m draft may depart via the Ruwais channel and subsequently utilize the East Ghasha Channel (after passing buoy 14) (subject to clearance from the Harbour Master and Ruwais VTIS).
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.
No vessel shall shift or change the anchorage, berth or mooring allotted, except upon instructions from the Harbour Master. Transiting boats may only operate under the Harbour master’s directions and all such boats/small ships may do so after obtaining the relevant Entry Permit from the Harbour Master .
Vessels must dock in such a way that they can depart from a port basin by sailing ahead, unless this is impossible because of their draught or other nautical circumstances. If sailing ahead is impossible, this should be reported - preferably well in advance to the Harbourmaster’s office.
Every privately owned boat, whether the owner be a company or a private person, used for whatever purpose within Petroleum Ports limits shall be registered at the PPA Harbour Master office. This rule shall apply to any private pleasure boat used for recreation or sport and propelled by oars, sails or mechanical means.
When a registration is requested for a company owned craft, then ADNOC Ship Vetting Department shall inspect each boat to verify:
Basis the outcome of the inspection, clearance by ADNOC Ship Vetting Department shall be granted for a specified period, following which the boat will be registered with the Port Authority of the respective port.
Movements of all Boats into, within or out of the boat harbour are at the discretion of the Harbour Master. In the interest of safety of life, every excursion by private boat shall be reported to the Port Control giving the destination and the intended time of return, and the person in charge of the boat shall report the safe return upon arrival.
In addition to the ADNOC Ship Vetting Inspection, any boat may be ordered to submit to an inspection at any time at the Harbour Master’s discretion.
Boats entering the inner harbour are not required to hire pilotage services, but may do so by prior application to the harbour Master.
Allocation of berths is arranged through the Harbour Master.