About us

Welcome to the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) website, the largest container terminal in the Republic of Yemen, which is currently operated by the Aden Ports Development Company since September 20th, 2012.
Aden Container Terminal was officially opened in 1999 ACT was succession by different worldwide container terminal operators since then.

Aden Container Terminal is part of the ancient Port of Aden, the natural deep water harbor strategically located in the Gulf of Aden and well connected with major trade routes. The harbor was first used between the 5th and 7th Centuries B.C. by the Kingdom of Awsan. Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta visited the port in the 11th and 12th Centuries.

In 1421, China’s Ming dynasty Yongle Emperor ordered principal envoys to convey an imperial edict with hats and robes to bestow on the king of Aden. The envoys boarded three treasure ships and set sail from Sumatra to the port of Aden.

In the 19th Century, Aden port was an important ship fuelling port for steamers. After the Suez Canal opened, the Aden Port became one of the busiest ship-bunkering, duty-free shopping, and trading ports in the world.


New quays were built in the 1980s to meet the demands of the changing marine trade industry and the Port had capacity to handle all types of dry cargo and modern containers.
In tune with the international maritime developments, the Aden port developed the container terminal in 1998 for handling domestic and transshipment containers with a capacity of handling 0.9 Million TEUs. The container terminal was privatized and was operated by PSA, OPM and DP World until 2012. Since September, 2012, the Aden Ports Development Company is managing and operating the container terminal.
The Aden Container Terminal was equipped with two berths of total length of 700m with alongside draft of 16m and 5 Post-panamax quay cranes and two Super-post Panamax quay cranes.

Future Plans

The development plan of Aden Port is to develop Aden Container Terminal through the implementation of Phase One project.

Phase one project will provide for the development of an additional 1000m linear of wharf with a draft of 18m alongside to enhance the terminal capacity to 2.5 Million TEU, this project also will consist the navigational channel dredging to 18 meter to fulfill the future development of vessels size.

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