In these Regulations the following words and expressions have the following meanings (except where the subject or the context requires otherwise) without regard to whether the words are capitalized:


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Term Definition
ADNOC Abu Dhabi National Oil Company – Defined as “Company” in Article 1.5 of Law 12 of 1973.
ADNOC Group ADNOC and each PERSON directly or indirectly CONTROLLED by ADNOC.
ADNOC Group Companies An Operating company wholly or partially owned by ADNOC.
ADNOC Group Ship Vetting Policy Shall mean the ship vetting policy issued by ADNOC as amended from time to time.
Agent Shall mean any person designated by a vessel / shipping company to act on its behalf at the Petroleum port.
Approved System Shall mean a system of a type that has been tested and approved by a competent, Petroleum Ports Authority such as a government agency representative or a classification society.
Assistant Harbour Master Shall mean the person appointed by the Petroleum Ports Authority to execute, on its behalf, the duties of the Assistant Harbor Master and shall include his assistants or subordinates who are, or may be, duly authorized to act on his behalf. For the purposes of the law the title Harbor Master and Assistant Harbor Master are interchangeable.
Additional Services Additional services shall include but not be limited to :
  1. Diving services
  2. Vessel to Vessel transfer services
  3. Garbage collection, removal and disposal
  4. Reception and disposal of Slops and Oily Water
  5. Emergency services including but not limited to:
    • Fire fighting
    • Oil spill response services
    • Salvage to protect ADNOC assets
    • Search and rescue services
  6. Repairs to AtN
  7. Services required for terminal operations
  8. Wreck removal
  9. Towage assistance other than towage for berthing/un berthing
  10. Procurement services
  11. Safety inspections
  12. Transfer or personnel/equipment.
Bare or Naked Lights Shall mean anything, which may cause ignition of inflammable gases. This shall include but not be limited to flame, fire, open lights, mobile telephones, other electrical equipment not classed as either Intrinsically Safe or explosion proof.
Boat Shall mean any lighter, tugboat, motorboat, rowboat including fishing boats, barge, vessel equipped with lifting gear, wooden Boat, sailboat, or any other vessel, other than tankers, which does not exceed one hundred net registered tons.
Bunkers Means inflammable liquids intended for the propulsion and the auxiliary operation of a sea-going vessels, as well as liquids used for the lubrication of vessels machinery / equipment.
Cargo All kinds of goods or products loaded into or unloaded from a vessel.
CICPA Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority
Cleaning Every act directed to or in connection with gas freeing, cleaning or drying on board any part of a vessel.
Company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Combustible Liquids Liquids having closed cup flash points at or above 100°F (37°C).
Conditions of Use Mean the extracts of the Port Regulations which every Master is obliged to sign before his Vessel enters any Petroleum Port. The Conditions of Use are incorporated herein and are available on the following hyperlink.

Conditions of use for Vessel(s)

Vessel Declaration by Master

Craft Any vessel/boat, that may operate within the limits of a port and includes but is not limited to fishing vessels, tugs, mooring boats, pilot boats, rowing and pleasure boats.
Danger Area An area of defined dimensions of a port so declared by the Petroleum Ports Authority which is considered dangerous for navigation.
Dangerous Cargo Shall include all cargo considered to be dangerous by decision of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources as well as those cargoes defined as dangerous by the IMO.
Dangerous Goods Any substance that may cause danger of explosion, fire, corrosion, poisoning, intoxication or radiation, as mentioned in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the (International) Code for the Construction and Equipment of vessels carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk, the (International) Code for the Construction and Equipment of vessels carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk of the International Maritime Organization and, also, any other substance designated and published as a dangerous substance by Petroleum Ports Authority;The Petroleum Ports Authority shall be the sole Petroleum Ports Authority to determine goods as dangerous whenever a dispute arises.
Exempted Vessel Shall mean vessels exempted from pilotage whose master has been granted a Pilotage Exemption Certificate by the Harbour Master.
Excepted Vessel Shall mean Vessels excepted from paying Port Charges. Excepted vessels shall include the following Vessels:
  1. Vessels of the U. A. E. Defence Forces.
  2. Vessels belonging to UAE Customs, Medical and Police Services.
  3. Dredgers, survey Vessels and special ancillary non-cargo Boat on contract to the Petroleum Ports Authority or Company.
  4. Vessels and vessels excepted from such charges by order of H.H. The Ruler.
Facilities Shall mean anything that facilitates navigation such as lights, buoys, signs, moorings and ancillary facilities.
Flash Point Flash point is the minimum temperature at which the liquid emits sufficient vapors to form flammable mixture with the air.
Forbidden Area Shall include such area as may be determined as forbidden by decision of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources or CICPA.
Goods Mean containers, items within the containers and cargo carried on deck.
Government Vessels Vessels owned by UAE Naval forces, CICPA.
Harbour Shall mean the area determined by decision of the Minister of Petroleum & Industry for each petroleum port, as defined herein.
Harbour Master The person thus appointed by the Company (As defined in article 1.5 of law 12/1973) to represent the Petroleum Ports Authority [see earlier comment]. The Harbour Master is defined in Article 1.17 of Law No 12 of 1973. shall mean the person appointed by the Petroleum Ports Authority [see earlier comment] to execute, on its behalf, the duties of the Harbour Master and shall include his assistants or subordinates who are, or may be, duly authorized to act on his behalf. For the purposes of the law the title Harbour Master and Assistant Harbour Master are interchangeable.
Hazardous Area A “hazardous area” is defined as an area in which the atmosphere contains, or may contain in sufficient quantities, flammable or explosive gases, dusts or vapours.
Hot Work Shall mean any work involving the use of naked lights, in particular, electric welding arcs, welding and cutting torches, blow lamps and other electrical or mechanical instruments liable to cause sparks or flame.
Installations Shall include, for instance, any pier, dock, building, structure, tank or storage place, any adjoining land, berth or pipeline, and any equipment and machines used in connection therewith.
Intrinsically Safe An electric circuit or part of a circuit is intrinsically safe if any spark produced normally or accidentally is incapable, under prescribed test conditions, of igniting a prescribed gas mixture.
ISGOTT International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals
Legal Person Means any individual, corporation, joint stock company, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, association, trust, unincorporated organisation, governmental authority, or other entity.
License ‘’License’’ means any License to provide pilotage, towing, mooring and unmooring services (Linesmen) or other services granted under the these Regulations.
Loading Master Shall mean the person designated by the Terminal to remain on board a vessel whilst she is at a terminal berth/SPM to execute the instructions issued to him by the Terminal to ensure the safety and security of the vessel and terminal. The loading Master is a duly authorized marine representative of the Terminal. His duties include supervision of loading arm / hoses connection/disconnection and cargo operations.
Marine Assets any port equipment or craft used for the purpose of embarking, disembarking, transporting, or loading and unloading goods into or from vessels or vehicles and includes but Is not limited to tugs, mooring boats and pilot boats.
Marine Services Marine services include Pilotage, Towage and Line handling.
Navigation License Shall mean a license issued to National or International Vessels to operate in UAE territorial waters by the FMA.
Hazardous and noxious substances include dangerous goods and other substances (excluding oil) that, when released into the environment, could potentially be harmful to human health and marine life. They can be flammable, explosive, toxic, corrosive or reactive. They fall into Category X,Y, Z, and OS as per IBC Code and governed by MARPOL Annex II.
Other Boats/Small Vessels Means all other Craft and Boats not already defined.
Packaged Goods Goods in bales, bags, drums, tins, containers, cartons, bundles, pallets or other receptacles of a similar nature.
Permit A document issued by the Petroleum Ports Authority officially sanctioning an activity. These include but are not limited to Craft Entry Permits, Hot Work Permits, Diving Permits, Marine Project Commissioning Permits.
Permission A verbal or written authorization issued by the Harbour Master on his designate sanctioning an activity. Verbal authorizations are to be accompanied by written entries in official records such as Port operation log books.
Petroleum Ports Authority The entity assigned as such by the Company bestowed with the tasks specified in Article 1 of the ADNOC administrative order no. 47/86.
Pilot A qualified person licensed by the Petroleum Ports Authority to advise the Master of a vessel when approaching or leaving a port or manoeuvring within the Petroleum port.
Pollution Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse change it is also defined as any alteration of the environment caused by discharging waste, chemicals, hazardous substance or other pollutants in a manner which creates a hazard or potential hazard to human beings, biodiversity, or the socio-economic conditions.
Port A port as referred to in Article 1.15 of Law no 12 of 1973 shall mean the area determined by decision of the Minister of petroleum & Industry and shall include all installations & facilities which are or may be erected therein. ( As described in Article 3.1.2 hereof).
Port Health Officer Shall mean the responsible physician or any person empowered to act for him, who is appointed to watch over health matters at the port and execute the laws in force regarding public health, including quarantine laws affecting persons and animals, etc.
Port Dues Shall mean the charges levied on vessels by the Government of Abu Dhabi in accordance with Law No. (2) of 1972, as it’s amended by Law No. (2) of 1984.
Port Charges Shall mean the charges levied on all Vessels for Port Services as decided by the Petroleum Ports Authority.
Port Control Shall mean the office responsible for all vessel traffic movements within the port limits and the implementation of the Harbour Master’s instructions pertaining to the management of the Port.
Port Services Port Services means the Marine services and additional services as defined above.
Prohibited Area Means an area defined by the Petroleum Ports Authority within which the navigation of a vessel or any other activity is prohibited.
Restricted Area Means an area defined by the Petroleum Ports Authority within which the navigation of a vessel or any other activity is restricted in accordance with certain specified conditions.
Seaworthiness A seaworthy vessel is tight, staunch, and strong, properly manned, provided with all necessary stores, and in all respects fit for the intended voyage.
Service Harbour Shall mean an area sheltered by the adjacent land, breakwater and surroundings with limited depth of water that provides loading and unloading facilities, shelter and refuge for smaller size vessels. A Service Harbour may be man-made, natural or a combination of both. It may consist of jetties, slipways or ramp, buildings or warehouses and a transport system.
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.
Tanker Shall mean a vessel designed to carry any hydrocarbon products or its liquid/gas derivatives.
Terminal Berth Shall mean any berth constructed for the loading/ discharging of petroleum and petroleum derivatives, and shall include anything connected therewith, including pipelines and any ancillary equipment or facilities.
Terminal Safety Officers/ Terminal Superintendent Shall mean person(s) appointed by a Terminal to be responsible for the safety of cargo operations at the various berths within the Port.
The Company Shall mean ADNOC - Petroleum Ports Authority, a part of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
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.
Vessel Shall mean the general term for all vessels, crafts and boats visiting the port.
VTIS Shall mean Vessel Traffic Information services.