The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) is Jordan’s only container port. With a capacity of 1.2 million TEUs, and 1km of berthing, capable of servicing ultra-large container ships, it plays a crucial role in the Jordanian economy, enabling growth and development regionally. It is the second busiest facility on the Red Sea.
ACT’s strategic position at the crossroads of three continents and four countries makes it the preferred gateway for the Levant region, and it currently serves around 20 of the world’s top shipping lines. The terminals works closely with the Aqaba Logistics Village, an inland depot close to the terminal.
Gateway to Iraq
With new pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers moving in transit, the terminal also offers a competitive and reliable deep-water gateway to Iraq. Containers no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border after the 36-hour journey to Traibil, 550 km (340 miles) from the Red Sea port. Containers discharged at ACT can be delivered by truck to Baghdad in 48 hours.
Since APM Terminals took over the management and development of the Terminal in 2006, it has developed a reputation for efficiency and expertise it is dedicated to speed, safety, security and transparency. Its world-class services are powered by advanced terminal technology, equipment, and facilities, and provide customers with a complete package to facilitate their cargo operations. ACT has the customs inspection base inside the terminal, as well as a good choice of clearing agents and a large trucking fleet.
- Terminal Area: 500,000m2
- Total length of berths: 1000m
- Maximum channel depth: 24m
- Maximum depth at birth: 14.5-20m
- Vessels side alongside: Starboard
- Max outreach of cranes water side rail: 52m
- Maximum height of spreader from water level at low water: 38m
- SWL of cranes under spreader: 65 tonnes
- SWL of cranes under hook: 100 tonnes
- Types of berths: 3 container berths and 1 Ro-Ro berth
- Stacking Area 450,000 m2
- Electric reefer points: 800 plugs
- Anchorage time: 0 hours
- Security: 24/7 (surveillance, gate access control, mandatory gate pass)
APM Terminals signed a Terminal Management Contract with the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) in 2004 to take over the management and operation of the terminal. The ADC is owned by the Government of Jordan and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA). ADC owns strategic assets including the Aqaba ports, both air and sea, along with strategic parcels of lands, as well as development and management rights in key sectors of the ASEZ economy.
In 2006, a 25-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) was signed between ADC and the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), in which APM Terminals has a 50% share. Under this agreement APM Terminals Jordan operates, manages and markets ACT in addition to executing the Master Plan, which has since succeeded in achieving dramatic increases in capacity, efficiency and operational performance of the terminal through a combination of physical and operational improvements.
The following shipping lines serve ACT
- Maersk Line
- American President Line
- Pacific International Line
- Evergreen Marine Corporation
- Mediterranean Shipping Co.
- United Arab Shipping
- Messina Line
- Cosco Shipping line
- Hyundai Merchant Marine
- China Shipping Container Lines
- Yang Ming Marine Transport
- National Container Line
- Hapag Lloyd
- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
- Hanjin Shipping Line
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