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Port Rashid, Dubai
Arkansas Anchorage (2532'N 5351'E)
Carolina Anchorage (2509'N 5459'E)

Port Rashid is situated in the city of Dubai. Dubai dominates the shipping activities in the UAE. It has the largest shipping capacity with 103 berths, headed by Port Rashid which is the leading port of the Gulf region, even though its Jebel Ali Port is larger. Port Rashid is one of the modern ports set up in the UAE. Port Rashid with its strategic location has become leading ports in the area. This port is handling different types of containers and having presently operational equipped cranes for all types of containers. Also having spacious storing place for approx. 20,000 standard containers.

In 1998, a remote operating base -- Arkansas Anchorage -- was established 80 miles from Dubai in the Persian Gulf. This ensured the safety of Military Sealift Command's Afloat Prepositioning Squadron Four ships and personnel, but, at the same time, was available to quickly respond to the theater commander. The four large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships that make up the squadron which prepositions combat support equipment and supplies for the US Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency and supports the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

US Navy Sailors patiently wait to be ushered onto large liberty vessels for a 20 minute ride to Port Rashid, in downtown Dubai. At the pier, Sailors find shade, shelter and seats in the big, empty warehouse. While waiting for taxicabs or busses to take them into town, Sailors munch on free barbecue and hydrated themselves with the endless supply of bottled water, pulled from dozens of iced bins. Taxi cabs, swarming the port area, whisk Sailors away from the oppressive heat out into town where air-conditioned hotel rooms, blue-bottomed swimming pools and beautiful beaches await. Sailors participated in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored sports tournaments, including rugby, golf and softball. MWR gives Sailors the chance to experience the local culture through a variety of tours. The most popular tours were the Sunset Safari and Jazira Beach Tour. The tours offer things that a lot of people want to do: four-wheeling in the desert, camel riding, eating barbecue and seeing belly dancers. Another selling point for those tours is that they don't last all day, so Sailors who sign up for them can experience something exotic and exciting and still make other plans.

Position of the Port Control Tower is 2515'33"N and 5516'09"E. Pilotage is compulsory and pilots are available 24 hours a day. Dubai approach buoy is 7km from Port Rashid entrance at 2521'N and 5514'E. Port Rashid has no approach channel. Entry should be made between the breakwaters from the north. The entrance width is 190m and minimum depth, 13m. Depth Below Port Low Water (PLWD). The holding ground is poor and it is recommended that ships use more chain than usual. Close watch should be kept during 'Shammal' winds from a NW direction. The Inner Basin turning radius is 160m, with a minimum depth of 11.5m. An underwater pipeline lies in a trench between the main breakwater and Berth 27 at a depth of 11.5m. Vessels of up to 230m overall length are allowed entry, with longer vessels at the Harbor Master's discretion. Port Rashid Oil Jetty (PROJ) is situated on the main breakwater, 260m north of the Control Tower. PROJ accepts tankers of LOA 230m. Longer tankers may berth at the Harbor Master's discretion. Minimum depth alongside is 11.5m. The Port Radio Station maintains continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 16. The port working and emergency channel is Channel 68.

Opened in 2001, the Dubai Cruise Terminal is the latest addition to the emirate's travel infrastructure. Conveniently located at Port Rashid, 15 minutes' drive from Dubai International Airport, the ship-shaped facility is situated on a 335-metre quay offering the capacity to berth two ships simultaneously - while the terminal itself is around 3,300 sq. metres in size and is fast becoming an attractive option for winter sun travellers. Its deep basin gives cruise lines the option of bringing in larger ships. The extra depth also means that they can look at a destination other than Europe or the Mediterranean that is perfect year round.



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