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UAE - Khorfakkan Container Terminal

Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) is the only fully fledged operational container terminal within the United Arab Emirates that is located outside the Strait of Hormuz. Due to its unique geographic location, KCT has been one of the most important transshipment hubs for the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Sub-continent, the Gulf of Oman and the East African markets.

KCT serves as a cost-effective and time-saving option for mega-containerships which save valuable transit time by calling Khorfakkan and enjoy a quick turnaround to continue their onward journey. The port has been frequently listed as one of the top performing container terminals in the world.

The terminal also provides a valuable land bridge to the local container traffic imports into the UAE. Any box imported into the country through the Khorfakkan Container Terminal reaches a consignee’s warehouse at least 4-5 days prior compared to the transit time if imported through any another container terminal within the UAE. It thus provides crucial service to the importers and exporters within the countries who believe in the time value of money and assists them to maintain a lean and Just in Time supply chain management strategy.





Quay Length(m)2,000

Quay Cranes20



Approach channel Width & Depth 700m/16m.
Turning Basin width ( Turning Circle) 700m
Maximum Draft at berth / Port Restrictions 16.5m
Maximum Inbound Draft :   (1) @  High Tide - (2) @  Low Tide Vessel Draft + 10% = Under Keel Clearance required
Maximum Outound Draft :   (1) @  High Tide - (2) @  Low Tide Vessel Draft + 10% = Under Keel Clearance required
Tidal range 2.6m
Distance Pilot to berth (N.M) 4 NM
Total Quay Length 1,880m
Number of berths 6
Surface of Container Yard stacking area 200,000 m2
Total Number of Cranes 22
Total Number of Cranes (panamax / post-panamax / super-postpanamax)  Panamax- 6 / Super-Post Panamax - 4/  Megamax - 10/ MHC- 2

The terminal provides a full range of services which include

  • Direct Link to the Sharjah ICD
  • Less than Container Load  handling facilities
  • Custom Clearance
  • EDI facilities
  • Weighing Bridge
  • Container Maintenance and Repair
  • Inland Transportation

Terminal Brochure

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Working Hours

The Terminal operates 24 hours a day, every day throughout the year except for Holidays. Normal working hours are from Saturday to Thursday (excluding Fridays and Public Holidays) in two shifts from 06:00 hours to 1400 hours and from 14:00 hours to 22:00 hours. (The normal working hours will reduce during the Holy Month of Ramadan as per local customs and traditions) Any activity outside of normal working hours will be charged on overtime basis. Overtime rate for vessel operation can be provided upon request. Overtime rate for Gate movements (i.e. receipts and dispatch of containers) will be:-
  • From 22:00 hours to 06:00 hours Saturday to Thursday will be at the rate of Dhs.25.00 per container move.
  • Friday’s working hours will be from 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours unless otherwise notified and the overtime will be at the rate of Dhs.25.00 per container move.
  • Any requirement after 18:00 hours can be arranged upon request subject to overtime rate which can be provided on application.
  • Working hours and rate of overtime on Public Holidays will be notified as and when applicable.


Expected time and date of arrival of your vessel to be advised to Terminal Manager, Harbour Master and Control Room well in advance and to be confirmed 72, 48 and 24 hours prior to arrival with draft and any special berthing requirements. Agent to provide the following documents 24 hours prior to vessel’s arrival:-
  • Vessel particulars (once)
  • Legible Discharge/Load stowage plan and profile
  • Baplie / EDI
  • Hazardous Cargo list, Reefer Cargo Control List, OOG Cargo etc when applicable. FYI restricted IMCO list attached here with.
  • Discharge/Load lists
Following details to be included in the vessel particulars:-
  • Vessel Name
  • Service
  • Flag
  • Official Code and IMO number
  • Call sign
  • LOA/Width and draft
  • Teu capacity and reefer plug availability
  • Number of Hatch lids
Discharge list to be submitted well in advance 24 hours  prior to arrival of the vessel and should contain the following details or  in COPRAR formatted.
  • Vessel name and voyage number
  • Container Number
  • Size and Type (if reefer – please provide set temperature or copy of manifest)
  • Gross weight
  • Port of Loading
  • Port of Discharge (via port)
  • Final Destination
  • Status- Show as follows: -
    1. FCL –Container local delivery
    2. LCL- Consolidated cargo for unpacking at CFS and provide LCL manifest to CFS Dept.
    3. T/S – Trans-shipmentd) MT-Empty containers
  • Details required for the IMCO cargo
  • IMCO Class No. and UN Code
  • No. and supply a copy of the manifest)
  • High light if cargo is over height or over width
Load list also to be submitted 24 hrs. prior to vessel arrival and it has to contain the following details / in COPRAR formatted.
  • Name of the vessel to be loaded
  • Container Number
  • Size and Type
  • Full or Empty
  • Gross Weight
  • Destination
  • Details required for the IMCO cargo
  • IMCO Class No. and UN Code
  • No. and supply a copy of the manifest)
  • High light if cargo is over height or over width
  • Export declaration or Transit Bill of Entry for full containers must be received at  KCT / SICD prior to vessel arrival and please note that failure to submit the Customs Documentation would result in shut out of the container from load list.
Empty release for export collection: A separate message is required to release empty for export collection stating the quantity, size and type, shippers name, Transport Company etc are to be mentioned.  Driver has to produce the copy of your release letter at release counter for identification.   Receipt of full container for export: An acceptance letter required which should contain Container Number, Size/Type, Gross Weight, Destination, if IMCO cargo, IMCO class and UN Code Number, Name of the vessel to be loaded etc. Export Declaration must be submitted at Terminal office prior to vessel arrival. We have a Weighing Bridge facility and if full exports are to be weighed on receipt, it has to be specified on your acceptance letter.

Safety AND Security

IMCO Restriction
IMCO Class UN No. Cargo Remarks
1 All EXPLOSIVES  Example:Arms, Ammunitions,Fireworks, Blasting explosives etc. Will not be accepted without permission from concerned Govt. Authorities. Direct delivery mandatory if permission received.
2.1 1057 Gas Lighters, Refills for Gas Lighters etc Strictly on the basis of DIRECT DELIVERY during Summer and thereafter, prefer direct delivery or must be cleared with in 48 hours.  Failure to clear the container with in 48 hours would result in imposing severe penalties.
4.1 1944 Safety Matches
5.1 1748 Calcium Hypochlorite Acceptable in temperature controlled containers (reefers) but prior permission must be taken
7 All Radioactive Substances Will not be accepted with out permission from concerned Govt. Authorities. Direct delivery mandatory if permission received.
8 1789 Hydrochloric Packaging should be of highest standard . Prefer direct delivery or must be cleared with in 48 hours


Click here to view KCT Tariff. (WEF 1st February 2018)

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Key Contact Numbers

Terminal Manager Daniel Wright Mob: +971 50 636 8244 Email: tm.kct@gulftainer.com
Contact Desks Email
Terminal Manager tm.kct@gulftainer.com
KCT General info.kct@gulftainer.com
Duty Superintendent opersupdt.kct@gulftainer.com
Ops.Coordinator spaul.kct@gulftainer.com
Ship Planning shipplan.kct@gulftainer.com
Documentation doc.kct@gulftainer.com
Yard Planning yardplan.kct@gulftainer.com
Ops / EDP Dept oper.kct@gulftainer.com
Gate Office gateoper.kct@gulftainer.com
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