Port of Aqaba
The Port of Aqaba lies on latitude 29-31 North, longitude 35-01 East. It is situated in southern Jordan on the north shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. The Main Port has 12 berths, the Container Port has nine (including passenger berths) and the Industrial Port has four.
Bunkering takes place at Phosphate Berth A in the Main Port or the Oil Jetty in the Industrial Port. Bunker fuel-oil of viscosity 400-4,000s @ 100 degrees f (Redwood) is available in limited quantities. If a vessel needs a large amount, masters must give advance notice, when several hundred tones may be secured. Similar arrangements may be made for gas oil but on a smaller scale.
The Main Port is located close to the town of Aqaba. most of the port's administration is undertaken of this site. The Main Port comprises 10 berths with a total length of 2,050 meters. These are used for general cargo, grain, phosphate and lighter traffic. The six, deep-water general berths are 1,060 meters long and serve vessels of 40,000 DWT with a low-water draft of up to 13 meters. Each berth has a 35-meter wide apron and most also have a transit shed, a semi-covered shed and open storage areas. Cargo berth No.1 has three grain evacuators capable of discharging 500 tonnes per hour into nearby grain silos. There are also three berths each with lengths of 150 meters and drafts alongside of 6 meters. The lighters quay is 280 meters long. Tug boats and barges are also moored in a water basin at the Main Port. The port's repair and maintenance facilities are concentrated in this area. The associated slipway has a capacity of 300 tones.
Phosphate Berth A is 210 meters in length with a 11 - meter minimum draft alongside. Vessels of up to 25,000 DWT can be loaded with phosphate rock at the rate of 1,000 tonnes per hour. The berth can also accommodate tankers during the hours of daylight. Imported petroleum products and edible oils are transported to the tank farm by pipeline. The pipelines are also used to supply bunkers to ships. Phosphate Berth B is 180 meters in length with a 14.4 meter low-water minimum draft alongside. Bulk carriers up to 125.000 Disp can be accommodated. Two mobile shiploaders can each load 2,200 tones of phosphate rock per hour, 24 hours a day.
The Industrial Terminal is located 18 km south of the Main Port and consists of three main facilities. Industrial berths serve the nearby Jordan Fertilizer Industry plant set up by the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company. The west (JFI W' or seaward) berth is used for potash and sulphur dry bulk and can handle vessels of 70,000 disp. The east ('JFI E' or landward) berth is used for bulk fertilizer and ammonia and can handle vessels of 40,000 disp. The Timber Berth 'JFI I' is 80 meters long, 7 meters and is used mainly for the importation of livestock. The Oil Jetty has a draft of 24 meters and a monthly exporting capacity of 300,000 tones. The jetty can accommodate tankers of 406,000 DWT.
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