In accordance with the Petroleum Ports Law #12/1973, and its amendments, and the SPC resolution#2/2013, Article # 3, ADNOC, represented by the Petroleum Ports Authority, is the entity vested with theresponsibility for the management and administration of the Petroleum Ports, which includes all theHarbors, Wharves and Piers within or outside ADNOC Petroleum Ports Limits including the Harbors withinArtificial Islands, whether existing or those that may be established in the future, excluding those Harbors,Wharves and Piers within the Oil Fields. The Petroleum Ports Authority, due to the nature and remote location of those facilities, has contractuallyover the years entrusted the responsibility for operation of recognized Harbors, Wharves and Piers withinADNOC Petroleum Ports Limits and within the Artificial Islands to the concerned Group Company(s).


These standards are intended to cover all Harbors, Wharves and Piers within or outside ADNOC PetroleumPorts Limits including the Harbors within Artificial Islands and any new Harbors, as and whencommissioned.

2.1 Harbors within Petroleum Ports:

No. Harbor, Wharf or Pier Location Operating Group Company HM
1 Das Service Harbor Das Island East Coast ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
2 IGDE Berth Das Island – North Coast ADNOC LNG Das Ziku & Mubarraz
3 Evacuation Berth Das Island – East Coast ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
4 Zirku East Pier Zirku Island – East Cost ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
5 Zirku North Wharf Zirku Island – North Coast ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
6 Ruwais Industrial Area Service Harbor (RIASH) Ruwais Port – Ruwais Industrial Area coast ADNOC L&S Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
7 Jebel Dhannah Wharf Jebel Dhanna ADNOC Onshore Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
8 Mubarraz Harbor Mubarraz Island –South end ADOC - Japan Das Ziku & Mubarraz

2.2 Harbors outside Port limits:

No. Harbor, Wharf or Pier Location Operating Group Company HM
1 Al Dhabiyyah Wharves Ra’s Al-Dabbiya field ADNOC Onshore Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
2 Hail & Ghasha - Artificial Islands Hail & Ghasha Field ADNOC Offshore Jebel Dhanna Ruwais
3 Al Qatia - Artificial Island (formerly SARB North) Lat 24.79 Deg N
Long 53.21 Deg E
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
4 Bu Sikeen island (formerly SARB South) Lat 24.74 Deg N
Long 53.19 Deg E
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
5 Asseifiya Island (formerly Zakkum south Lat 24.79 Deg N
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
6 Ettouk Island (formerly Zakkum north Lat 24.90 Deg N
Long 53.73 Deg E
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
7 Al Ghallan Island (formerly Zakkum Central island Lat 24.84 Deg N
Long 53.66 Deg E
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
8 Umm Al Anbar Island (formerly Zakkum West island) Lat 24.83 Deg N
Long 53.50 Deg E
ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
9 Arzanah island Arzanah Field ADNOC Offshore Das Ziku & Mubarraz
10 Al Qaf Island Lat 24.38 Deg N
Long 53.39 Deg E
ADOC Mubarraz Das Ziku & Mubarraz


"ADOC" means Abu Dhabi Oil Company.

"ADMINSTRATION AND OVERALL MANAGEMENT" means that the PPA will apply the applicable lawsand resolutions as amended, which is enforced through the Port regulations and occasional circulars anddirectives. This can be verified during the audits conducted by PPA.

"ADNOC" means 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 Onshore" means ADNOC Onshore Company (formerly ADCO).

"ADNOC Offshore" means ADNOC Offshore company (formerly ADMA and ZADCO).

"Artificial Islands" means an artificial island is an island that has been constructed by people rather thanformed by natural means.

"AtN" means Aids to Navigation.

"Craft" means the general term for all vessels, crafts and boats visiting the Harbor.

"EAD" means Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi.

"FTA" mean Federal Transport Authority Land and Maritime.

"Harbor" shall mean a sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked, this includes the Harbors within Artificial Islands.

"Harbor 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 Harbor and shall include his assistants or subordinates who are, or may be, duly authorized to act on his behalf.

"IALA"means International Association of Lighthouse Authorities.

"IMDG"means International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.

"Piers"means the a raised structure that rises above a body of water and usually juts out from its shore, typically supported by piles or pillars, and provides above-water access to offshore areas.

"Port Limits"means the limits as stated in PPA Port regulations.

"PPA"means ADNOC- Petroleum Ports Authority.

"SARB"means Satah Al-Razboot.

"SOLAS"means 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"shall mean 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.

"Wharves"means structures built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload.


Whilst the operation of the facility is assigned to specific Group Company’s, the Petroleum Ports Authoritywill remain to exercise the management and administration role, over and above the authority of theoperating company, and that the re-assignment of operating any of the above facilities is conditional to thefollowing.

(a) Compliance with the Port Regulations issued by the Petroleum Ports Authority as applicable.
(b) Compliance with this Standards for Management and Operation of Harbors, Wharves and Pierswithin or outside Petroleum Ports Limits including Harbors within Artificial Islands.
(c) Compliance with the Petroleum Ports Authority Ship Vetting Policy requirements, for inspection,assessment and acceptance of vessels prior to calling at any of Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports. (referto the exemption clause below).
(d) With the exception of Ruwais Industrial Area Service Harbor (RIASH), the cost of Maintenance andservices rendered at any of the above Harbors, Wharves and Piers, will be borne by the groupcompany operating those Harbors.
(e) Operating Group Company may enforce “Non-Profit Making” fees and service charges to the facilityusers and other ADNOC Group beneficiaries, same of which will be subject to PPA’s endorsement.


5.1 Petroleum Ports Authority

Petroleum Ports Authority:

(a) retain the Authority role of management, Administration and supervision of the facility and theoperator’s performance.
(b) ensure compliance with these standards, via conducting audits as and when deemed necessary.
(c) establish an exclusion zone of ‘’500’’ meters measured from each point of the outer edge aroundthe artificial islands as per UNCLOS article 60.
(d) ensure that these standards do not contravene with any international/ federal and local requirements.
(e) ensure timely, useful and accurate information is communicated to ADNOC HSE/Highermanagement regarding incidents occurring within those facilities.
(f) investigate incidents and/or high potential near misses systematically using approved PPAprocedures.
  1. ensure agreed action plan is distributed amongst all relevant stakeholders.
  2. ensure close out of the corrective actions within agreed time frames.

5.2 Group Company:

Group Company Shall:

(a) ensure compliance with these standards.
(b) ensure that a harbor incident management plan is in place for each harbor/cluster to deal with anymarine crisis. The harbor incident management plan shall be submitted to PPA. The harbour incidentshall include but not be limited to collision, grounding, sinking, gas leakage, security threat etc.
(c) ensure that sufficient Aids to navigation (AtN) are deployed in the approaches and within the harbors.The AtN shall be deployed in such a way so as to enhance safety of navigation. All such AtN shallbe in compliance with IALA requirements. (d) ensure that a maintenance plan for AtN mentioned above is available and enforced;
(e) any procedures for operations of the Harbors shall be in conformance with International/ federal andlocal requirements and shall not contravene with any requirements as set out by PPA.
(f) remain responsible, accountable and liable for all operational Health, Safety, Security andEnvironment related issues.
(g) Where required, provide at cost :
  1. Accommodation (as per Appendix 1) & Messing for PPA Harbor Master, Assistant HarborMaster, VTIS staff, clerical & ancillary Staff.
  2. Customary logistics, such as flights to and from offshore for the abovementioned personneland land transportation to/from Abu Dhabi airport as applicable.
  3. Flights and accommodation at site offices for Ad hoc visits by PPA Head office staff.
  4. Hotel Accommodation for PPA site based Staff visiting Abu Dhabi.
  5. Vehicles for abovementioned personnel.


(a) All crafts shall comply with PPA Port regulations as amended from time to time.
(b) All crafts shall have ADNOC Vetting approval, and shall secure PPA craft entry permit beforeentering Port limits.
(c) ADNOC Group companies will conduct the operation of the Harbors within petroleum ports. However,the administration and overall management of these Harbors lies with PPA.
(d) ADNOC Group Company shall ensure that the operations within these Harbors do not interfere orjeopardise the safety of Port operations.


7.1 Exemptions

(a) All crafts irrespective of their size and nature of operation are exempt from ADNOC Vettingrequirements unless a Vetting inspection is requested by the Group Company.
(b) Above requirement does not exempt the vessels from the Group company inspection regime.
(c) All crafts irrespective of their size and nature of operation are exempt from PPA Craft Entry Permitrequirements.

7.2 ADNOC Group Company shall:

(a)ensure that a qualified Harbor Supervisor/Port Captain is assigned and available for operationalsupervision of the Harbor.
(b)ensure that all Harbors/Clusters are equipped with a traffic surveillance and monitoring systemscapable of communicating with and tracking the crafts calling these harbors. The responsibleADNOC Group company shall consider establishment of such system if it does not exist.
(c)have a plan for periodical bathymetric survey of the harbor basin and the channel leading to theseharbors, whih plan shall be submitted to PPA.
(d)ensure that a harbor conservancy plan is in place, this shall include but not be limited to short termand long term maintenance plan for channels, basins, Harbors etc.
(e)Provide PPA with as built map of the facility, latest bathymetry, and disposition of Aids to Navigation.

7.3 Harbor Supervisor, Port Captain shall:

(a)act as overall in charge of the assigned Harbor.
(b)work in coordination with the respective PPA Harbor Master as per table (1.2.i).
(c)approve the mooring/lifting plans as submitted by crafts.
(d)approve the towing arrangement plan –if any- prior departing the facility.
(e)issue directives on the maximum allowed operational draft.
(f)issue directives for minimum UKC.
(g)prescribe and ensure adherence to maximum allowable weather criteria.
(h)plan, regulate and manage the traffic within these Harbors.
(i)initiate response to any marine incident as per the Harbor incident management plan

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

(a) Advance Notification:
  1. Provide sufficient advance notification of movement as specified by the harbor supervisor.
  2. Ensure that no person or craft enters/leaves the harbor unless authorised to do so by theHarbor Supervisor/Port Captain.
(b) Personal Gas monitors:
  1. Where required, ensure all personnel are provided with personal H2S detectors.
(c) Speed:

Ensure all crafts shall at all times proceed at a safe speed whilst approaching, departing andoperating within a Harbor.

(d) Under keel Clearance (UKC):

  1. Ensure vessel does not exceed the maximum allowable operational draft for the Harbor asissued by the Harbor Supervisor/Port Captain.
  2. Ensure compliance with the UKC requirements for the relevant harbor.
(e) Mooring and Towing:
  1. Deploy sufficient moorings and have spare mooring ropes available to ensure that the vesselremains safely moored at all times.
  2. Where requested by the Harbor Supervisor/Port Captain, a mooring plan shall be submitted.
  3. Be appropriately secured within the harbors and shall not change their moorings withoutHarbor supervisor/Port Captain’s express permission.
  4. Ensure that all non-propelled barges/crafts shall be accompanied by a tug(s) of sufficientpower to ensure controlled movement.
  5. For any inward passage to the Harbors ensure that all towing arrangements are third partycertified, for outward passages however the same certificate may be considered valid in theevent there has been no material change to the towing arrangements or to the distribution ofweights on the craft/barge.
  6. Operational staff in charge of the tow shall when requested, submit a risk assessment to theHarbor Supervisor/ Port Captain, submitted risk assessment shall be duly reviewed /endorsed by the Harbor Supervisor.
(f) Lifting Operations:
  1. No lifting operations for weights of 2 Tons or more be conducted without having a Riskassessment in place.
  2. All cranes shall be clearly marked with the safe working load of the equipment. All fixed liftinggears shall be third party tested / certified.
  3. All lifting operations shall be carried out under the supervision of competent and authorizedpersonnel.
  4. All loose lifting gear shall be colour coded as per Group company requirements.
  5. No lifting operations shall be permitted in the event prevailing weather conditions exceed themaximum allowable weather criteria for the Harbor.
(g)Compliance with International, and Federal legislations:
  1. All crafts shall comply with the International Collision regulations (COLREGS).
  2. All crafts shall be fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) in compliance withSOLAS even if the craft is not subject to SOLAS requirements. SOLAS. The unit may not beswitched off without specific instructions from either the CICPA Commander or the HarborSupervisor/Port Captain.
  3. All dangerous goods shall be packed, stored and transported as per the requirements set outin the IMDG code as amended.
  4. All craft owners/operators shall ensure compliance with circular 01/2018 of Federal TransportAuthority land and maritime UAE, which requires crafts to have financial security systemmatching the requirements of clause 2.5 and 4.2 of MLC 2014 as amended.
  5. Ensure compliance with Federal law no.24/1999. “Discharge of sewage effluent into themarine environment is forbidden”.

For all bunkering operations, regulations of the relevant harbor shall be adhered to.

(i)Ship to ship transfer:

Comply with all International/ federal and local regulations.

(j)Additional Requirements:
  1. Crafts shall have their anchors ready at all times for immediate use, except when crossingover any pipelines/marine cables during which times the anchors must be secured.
  2. Crafts shall not anchor near any subsea pipeline/marine cables unless engaged on workwhich necessitates their doing so. Approval for anchoring shall be secured from the Harborsupervisor/Port Captain.
  3. No diving operations shall be permitted whilst the craft is alongside in the Harbor except withthe prior permission of the harbor supervisor.
  4. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on crafts within Harbors.
  5. No swimming or fishing allowed within Harbors.
  6. All barges if required by its classification society shall produce stability calculation for theirarrival and departure conditions when requested by the Harbor supervisor/Port captain
  7. All personnel involved in operations with in these harbors shall use SOLAS approvedLifejackets (Life vests are not allowed to be used).
  8. No repair and maintenance shall be carried out on any craft without the express permissionof the Harbor Supervisor/Port captain.
  9. No personnel transfer is allowed unless an appropriate transfer system/safe access is used,such transfer system shall be acceptable to the Harbor Supervisor/Port Captain.


8.1 Appendix 1 - Accommodation Standards

Designation Rank equivalence
Harbor MasterSenior Accommodation
Assistant Harbor MasterSenior Accommodation
Port CoordinatorJunior Accommodation
VTIS SupervisorSenior Accommodation
VTIS OperatorSenior Accommodation