Port tariffs, charges and dues

1 - Port tariffs

  1. The Petroleum Ports Authority may establish tariffs for any services (Marine &/or additional) rendered in a Port. 
    The tariff publication shall state:
    1. the tariff;
    2. the natural or legal person(s) liable to pay the tariffs
    3. the possible exemptions;
    4. the subject of the tariff;
    5. the event for which the tariff will be due;
    6. the standard for the tariff;
    7. the method of levying;
    8. the starting time of the tariff;
    9. the time of ending the tariff;
    10. the terms of payment;
    11. the person or organization charged with the collection of the tariff;
    12. the increase in the amount due and any fines that may be imposed in case of not declaring, non-payment, late payment and other violations of the tariff arrangement;
    13. the documents to be presented;
    14. all other provisions of importance for the establishment of the amounts due and for the collection thereof.
  2. The tariffs may be levied by way of advance payment or any other method acceptable to the Petroleum Ports Authority.

2 - Tariffs of service providers in port

The Petroleum Ports Authority shall from time to time establish and publish tariffs for services in a Port, such as tug services, pilot services, line handling, cargo handling supervision, taking into account a reasonable ratio/balance between the amount of services rendered, the effort and investments needed to be able to render those services and the tariff.

3 - Payment of Port Charges

The Owner, Master and Agent of every Vessel using a Petroleum Port are jointly and severally liable to pay the Petroleum Ports Authority, prior to entry into such Port, all applicable Port Charges and Port Dues in respect of that Vessel as prescribed in the schedule of Port Charges. 
If one of the persons mentioned in this Article has complied with this obligation, no further obligation shall rest on the other persons.

4 - Port Clearance

The Owner, Master or Agent of every Vessel wishing to leave the Port shall obtain port clearance from the Petroleum Ports Authority and/or Harbour Master. Port clearance may be withheld from any Vessel by the Harbour Master for non-payment of Port Charges, for any violations of the provisions of the Laws and Regulations, or for any legal cause or restraint which has been duly ordered by the Court in Abu Dhabi.

5 - Schedule of Tariffs

  1. General

    The Owner, charterer or Agent of any Vessel, other than Excepted Vessels who requires such Vessel to enter the Port, regardless of the purpose, must pay in advance, Port Charges to the Petroleum Ports Authority in accordance with the scale of charges set forth in this Article. The single port charge per Vessel, per visit, is levied for the following Port Services, supplied relative to a Vessel’s size and its business in the Port.
    1. Pilots and pilot launches
    2. Maintenance of navigable channels and anchorages
    3. Navigation aids for the approaches to the port from Outer Fairway inwards to the port and its limits.
    4. Navigation aids for the port channels anchorage areas and berths
    5. Port tugs for one berthing and one un-berthing
    6. Mooring launches and gangs for one berthing and one un-berthing
    7. Port Control office and services
    8. Tidal, meteorological and navigational data
    9. Port emergencies and Safety
    10. Port security
  2. Port Charges 
    1. Vessels of ≥ 4,500 NRT The charges for any Vessel of 4,500 NRT and above which enters and berths at a terminal will be calculated by multiplying the Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of that Vessel by an amount in UAE Dirhams as determined from time to time by the Petroleum Ports Authority.
    2. Vessels of < 4,500 NRT
      The charge for any Vessel of less than 4,500 NRT which enters and berths at a terminal or cargo wharf will be a “minimum fixed charge” as determined from time to time by the Petroleum Ports Authority.
  3. Shifting Charges

    Shifting charges for Vessels will be levied for each shifting i.e. from berth to anchorage or vice versa or berth to berth as determined from time to time by the Petroleum Ports Authority.

  4. Charges for Delays

    Charges for delays to Pilot/Marine Services, etc. Whenever a Pilot is delayed after the stated time of berthing/un-berthing due to a Vessel being not ready to proceed for whatsoever reason through any fault of the Vessel, Vessel’s Agent or terminal a charge for such delays will be levied against the Vessel or terminal per hour or part thereof at a rate equivalent to the hourly Pilot or Tug rate or both or part thereof.

  5. Country Boats

    Country Boats i.e. vessels less than 100 NRT will be charged a nominal standard port levy as prescribed in the scale of charges hereof.

  6. Charges for Vessels not carrying out cargo operations

    The charge for any Vessel over 600 NRT which enters the Port to anchor in the designated areas only and does not load or discharge cargo will be the “minimum fixed charges” as determined from time to time by the Petroleum Ports Authority.

  7. Special Marine Services - Ruwais Port only IRSHAD’s hire rates for special marine services, e.g. diving and outside port limits chartering are available on request from the Port Control, Various standard hire rates are indicated below for information.

  8. Fire- fighting Tug Surcharge - Ruwais port only

    A surcharge for a standby fire-fighting tug is to be applied to all vessels using terminals facilities at Ruwais Port as determined from time to time by the Port Petroleum Ports Authority.

6 - Current Port Charges

The following charges will be levied upon Vessels entering the Ports as from 04th September, 2016, in accordance with the Port Regulations. All charges are in UAE Dirhams and are subject to change and/or amendment in which case an up-dated Port Charges schedule will be issued

1 All vessels over 4,500 NRT loading / discharging cargo pay a single charge in advance per GRT. 1.40
2 All vessels 100 to 4,500 NRT loading / discharging cargo pay a minimum fixed charge in advance per visit. 6000
3 Passenger Vessels (Fixed charges) 25,300
4 Detention of pilot / services (per hour or part thereof):

a. For vessels requiring tug for berthing / Un berthing

b. For other vessels



5 Extra charge for shifting vessels (single shift) 8500
6 Slop discharges as per MARPOL 73/78 Requirements 11.00 /MT
7 Engine Room Bilges disposal / 2 hours alongside
For each hour or part thereof over and above 2 hours
8 Garbage discharge as per MARPOL 73/78 Requirements or subsequent revision 500
9 Surcharge for Vessels berthing on the fixed jetty structure per visit (Stand by Fire-Fighting Tug) 4050
10 A single port entry charge levied for each boat, craft or barge over 100 NRT, per visit. 1500
11 A single port entry charge levied for each boat, craft or barge under 100 NRT, per visit. 350
12 A single port entry charge levied for a tug and tow per visit 1500
13 Pilotage Exempted Vessels

a. Masters Pilot Exemption Certificate for one year

b. Renewal



14 Additional Charges For Extra Services (Charge Per Hour)

a. Pilot Service

b. Pilot Boat

c. Mooring Launch

d. Tug

The above charges are doubled on Fridays and UAE Public Holidays





15 Berthage service charges in service harbour at Ruwais – (charge per day)

a. Berthage – Vessel / Barge less than 100 GRT

b. Berthage – Vessel / Barge from 100 to 500 GRT

c. Berthage – Vessel / Barge more than 500 GRT




16 Berthage service charges in service harbour at Das Zirku – (charge per day)

Berthage Charge in Service Harbour


17 Bunkering charges at Ruwais, Das Zirku - Additional charges applies if bunkering required after working hours

a. Diesel

b. Water

ADNOC FOD Price +25%

0.15 per Imp. Gallon

18 Transit Storage Charges At Ruwais, Das And Zirku – (Charge Per Day)

Storage Charge – Transit holding area

Min 500 AED + 5 AED per
metric Ton of Cargo or
AED 5 per one (1) M3 whichever is higher
19 Special services at Ruwais, Das Zirku.

a. Diving Services

b. Labor Hire

c. Equipment Hire

d. Maintenance / Repair

On Quotation

On Quotation

On Quotation

On Quotation

20 Miscellaneous Charges At Jebel Dhanna Ruwais & Das Zirku

a. Port Clearance Certificate

b. Vessel’s Inspection by Petroleum Ports Authority

c. Port Security Officer’s Inspection to furnish Declaration of Security

d. Marine Project Commissioning Permit

e. Craft Entry Permit

f. Diving Permit

g. Hot work Permit

Items b & c are doubled on Fridays and UAE Public Holidays








7 - Port Dues (Oil Tax)

Law No. (2) of 1972 as amended by Law No. (2) of 1984. 

Port Dues (Oil Tax) will be levied in the amount of AED 1.00 per ton of gross registered tonnage of each Tanker that is loaded with hydrocarbon substances or any other substances at the Ports or petroleum loading centres in Abu Dhabi Emirate. 

The Port Dues (Oil Tax) in relation to any Tanker that loads at Ports or petroleum loading centres in Abu Dhabi a load of hydrocarbon substances which is less than the full summer deadweight tonnage of the tanker, will be determined by calculating the amount of Cargo actually loaded as a percentage of the deadweight tonnage of the Tanker and by applying the above rate with reference to the following table:

Percentage of summer deadweight tonnage loaded vs percentage of dutiable gross tonnage
Percentage of Summer Deadweight Loaded Percentage of GRT to be applied For Port Dues
From 0 To 40 40% of the GRT
More than 40 To 50 50% of the GRT
More than 50 To 60 60% of the GRT
More than 60 To 70 70% of the GRT
More than 70 To 80 80% of the GRT
More than 80 To 90 90% of the GRT
More than 90
100% of the GRT

However, in the event that the Tanker is loaded with a part Cargo of hydrocarbon materials from two or more Ports, or from two or more loading centres in Abu Dhabi during the same voyage, the Vessel is not committed to pay Port Dues (Oil Tax) whose total exceeds the percentage due on the total quantity loaded. 

Tankers which use any Port facility for the express purpose of purchasing any kind of fuel for use in such Tankers shall be exempted from payment of such Port Dues (Oil Tax). This exemption will apply for one year with effect from the date of promulgation of the law and is automatically renewable for additional periods of one year each unless exemption is amended or cancelled. Throughout the period of exemption, the Tanker shall remain liable to pay all other dues, rates and all other items for which it was liable prior to promulgation of this law.