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PART 5:   Navigational Aids


5. Navigational Aids



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5. Navigational Aids

    5.1 Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais Port

      5.1.01 Approaches to Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais Port

      Vessels intending to call at Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais Port should have Admiralty charts 3179 and 3780.  It is advised that the track recommended on these charts be followed for arrival and departure since it provides adequate water for the range of vessels calling at this port. The route is well marked with large buoys and light floats which show up well both visually and on radar.

      The inner channel from Gasha light buoy to berth, a distance of 18-20 miles, has a least depth 14 m and a minimum width of 212 m, between the buoy number 7 and 10 and south of No. 8.

      The density of water at Ruwais is 1031.

      See Pilot books and “Guide to Port Entry”. A holding anchorage is provided off Gasha buoy.


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      5.1.02 Navigational Aids (IALA System - A)

      See Admiralty Charts No. 3179 and 3780.

      Buoy Name / No. Lat.   N Long   E Light Colour Day mark
        Outer Fairway HFP 24° 45.90’ 052° 53.26’ Iso 10 sec Spherical RW
        JBD 01 24° 4 10’ 052° 49.86’ FI  G 5 sec Conical / L G
        Creagh Shoal 24° 43.20’ 052° 43.00’ Racon (C)
      Q (9) 15 sec
      Cardinal YBY
        JBD 03 (Patch) 24° 40.10’ 052° 41.59’ FI G 3 sec Conical / L G
        JBD 05 24° 37.82’ 052° 38.26’ Q (6) + LFI 15 S Cardinal YB
        JBD 06 24° 34.80’ 052° 32.40’ FI. R. 6S Can / L R
        JBD 05A 24° 3 80’ 052° 35.76’ FI (2)
      G 10 sec
      Cardinal BYB
        Reef Dalma 24° 32.52’ 052° 27.84’ Racon (N)
      Q(9) 15 sec 12M
      Cardinal YBY
        JBD 07 24° 29.55’ 052° 29.76’ FI (3)
      G 10 sec
      Conical/L G
        JBD Gasha 24° 25.90’ 052° 33.40’ Recon (G)
      Q(9)15 sec
      Cardinal YBY
        JBD 1 24° 24.57’ 052° 3 48’ V.Q. Cardinal BY
        JBD 2 24° 25.42’ 052° 35. 48’ FI R 5 sec Can / L R
        JBD 3 24° 23.94’ 052° 37.36’ FI G 5 sec Conical / L G
        JBD 4 24° 24.41’ 052° 37.16’ FI (2) R
      10 sec
      Can / L R
        JBD 5 24° 23.15’ 052° 38.68’ FI Y 3 sec Conical / L Y
        JBD 6 24° 24.06’ 052° 37.62’ FI R 10 sec Can / L R
        JBD 7 24° 21.66’ 052° 40.29’ Q.Y. Conical / L Y
        JBD 8 24° 22.87’ 052° 39.15’ FI R 5 sec Can / L R
        JBD 9 24° 20.66’ 052° 41.43’ FI Y 3 sec Conical / L Y
        JBD 10 24° 21.73’ 052° 40.39’ Q. R. Can/L R
        JBD 11 24° 19.92’ 052° 41.94’ Q.Y. Conical / L Y
        JBD 12 24° 21.10’ 052° 41.19’ FI R 10 sec Can / L R
        JBD 13 24° 17. 81’ 052° 40.63’ FI G 6 sec Conical / L G
        JBD 14 24° 20. 60’ 052° 41.75’ FI (3) R
      10 sec
      Can / L R
        JBD 15 24° 15.02’ 052° 39.48’ FI G 10 sec Conical / L G
        JBD 16 24° 19.948’ 052° 42.36’ Q (9)
      15 sec
      Cardinal YBY
        JBD 18 24° 18.81’ 052° 41. 86’ FI R 10 sec Can / L R
        JBD 20 24° 17.86’ 052° 40.55’ FI R
      5 sec
      Can / L R
        JBD 22 24° 13.74’ 052° 43.25’ FI R 5 sec Can / L R
        JBD 24 24° 12.51’ 052° 44.76’ FI R 10 sec Can / L R
        JBD 26 24° 12.40’ 052° 45.85’ Q.R. Can / L R
        JBD 28 24° 11.56’ 052° 45.64’ FI R 6 sec Can / L R
        JBD 30 24° 10.28’ 052° 45.48’ FI (2) R
      10 Sec
      Can / L R
        JBD Obstruction 24° 37.95’ 052° 47.26’ FI (2)
      10 Sec
      Pillar BRB
        North Channel 24° 30.10’ 052° 41.68’ Iso 10 sec Spherical RW
        West Kurkham 24° 23.97’ 052° 41.58’ Q (9) 15 S Cardinal YBY
        East Gasha 24° 24.02’ 052° 41.32’ FI G 5 sec Conical / L G
        North Yabr (HFPS) 24° 21.02’ 052° 43.36’ Q Cardinal BY
        Yabr
        Channel
      24° 19.01’ 052° 45.24’ L FI 10 sec Spherical RW
        South Yabr 24° 15.89’ 052° 43.46’ L FI 10 sec Spherical RW
        JBD Reef (HFP) 24° 14.67’ 052° 44.36’ V Q (9)
      10 sec
      Cardinal YBY
        Ruwais Patch 24° 10.06’ 052° 44.86’ Q Cardinal BY
        North Middle 24° 12.81’ 052° 43.76’ Q Cardinal BY
        East Middle 24° 12.24’ 052° 44.49’ Q FI (3) 10S Cardinal BYB
        South Middle 24° 11.23’ 052° 43.83’ Q(6) L FI 15 sec Cardinal YB
        West Middle 24° 11.77’ 052° 42.77’ Q(9) 15 sec Cardinal BY
        North Alaq 24° 15.44’ 052° 40. 95’ Q Cardinal BY
        East Alaq 24° 14.50’ 052° 41.72’ Q (3) 10 S Cardinal BYB
        West Alaq 24° 14.57’ 052° 40.51’ Q (9)
      15 sec
      Cardinal YBY
        N.W. Alaq 24° 15.21’ 052° 40.41’ FI (2)
      R. 10 sec
      Can / L R
        South Alaq Bn 24° 13.89’ 52° 41.58’ Fl 5s Beacon
        NE Yas 24° 22.06’ 052° 39.24’ Q (3) 10 sec Cardinal BYB
        Stewart 24° 20.77’ 052° 40.15’ FI G 6 sec Cone
        East Yas 24° 19.32’ 052° 40.40’ FI G 3 sec Cone
        BCT 1 24° 09.60’ 052° 43.97’ QG Cone
        BCT 2 24° 09.654’ 052° 44.38’ QR Can
        BCT 4 24° 09.24’ 052° 44.45’ Q.R Can
        BCT 6 24° 08.8’ 052° 44.5’ Q.R Can
        Price Shoal 24° 17.51’ 052° 41.21’ Racon (T)
      FI.5S 12-14M
      Beacon
        Borouge No. 1 24° 09.40’ 052° 45.16’ FL (2) G 5 SEC Conical / L G
        Borouge No. 2 24° 09.40’ 052° 45.21’ FL (2) R 5 SEC Can / L R
        Borouge No. 3 24° 09.1’ 052° 45.134’ QG Conical/L G
        Borouge No. 4 24° 09.1’ 052° 45.21’ QR Can / L R
        Borouge No. 5 24° 08.81’ 052° 45.13’ QG Conical / L G
        Borouge No. 6 24° 08.81’ 052° 45.21’ QR Can / L R
        Borouge No. 7 24° 08.52’ 052° 45.12’ QG Conical / L G
        Borouge No. 8 24° 08.52’ 052° 45.20’ QR Can / L R
        Borouge No. 9 24° 08.34’ 052° 45.07’ F1 (3) G 6 sec Conical / L Y
        Borouge No. 10 24° 08.24’ 052° 45.17’ F1 (3) R 6 sec Can / L R
        Long Reef Buoy South 24° 13.00’ 052° 38’.43’ F1 Y F1 Y 3
        Terminal Mooring Buoy 24° 11.02’ 052° 39.49’ Unlit  
        Jetty Mooring Buoy 24° 11.36’ 052° 39.825’ Unlit  

       


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    5.2 Das Port

      5.2.01 Approaches to Das Islands Terminals

      Vessels approaching DAS Island must navigate with due caution on account of numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring states.    (See cautions on BA and USHO charts). Vessels passing to the east of DAS Island must not pass closer than 2 miles to the island and then only with prior permission of the Harbour Master, giving due care and attention to vessel movements within the Port.


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      5.2.02 Southern Route

      Vessels approaching from the south must pass not closer than 3 miles south of oil installations, etc. in the Umm Shaif field, thence towards the pilotage / anchorage area south east of DAS Island. Special attention shall be paid to the traffic routing system which passes between the Umm Shaif and Zakum oil fields. Vessel / Boat shall navigate in accordance with the requirements of the international rules and regulations for prevention of collision at sea


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      5.2.03 Northern Route

      Vessels approaching from the north should normally pass down the west site of DAS Island and keep at least 4 miles to the west and at least 5 miles to the south of the island. Vessels may pass down the east side of the island provided permission has been granted by the Harbour Master.


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      5.2.04 Deep Draft Vessels

      Deep drafted Vessels may approach the port via the deep water buoyed channel. The channel is intended primarily for the use of deep drafted Vessels sailing from DAS Island, but Vessels intending to enter the port via this channel should advise “DAS Marine” by radio, of their intention. Masters are advised that this channel is not for the exclusive use of DAS Island traffic and are cautioned to proceed accordingly.

      Das Deep Water Channel,  after the survey of summer 2010 the minimum depth in the channel is 25.2 m @ chart datum which was found in the western part of the channel.

      The Petroleum Port Authority advises that the depths may be subject to change as objects may settle on the bottom.

      The Petroleum Port Authority considers that Masters should allow a safety margin of 10% of the draft  of the vessel transiting the channel and make due allowance for all factors pertinent which may include, the vessel rolling, squat and tide.


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      5.2.05 Navigational Aids ( IALA System – A )

      Deep water channel

      Buoy no & name Colour & daymark Position Light
        DAS Channel Approach   RWVS Pillar Sph Topmark   25° 27’.0 N
      053° 20’.0 E
        L.Fl.W.10 Sec
        No. 1   Green Conical   25° 25’.2 N
      053° 12’.4 E
        QK.Fl.G
        No. 2   Red Can   25° 24’.7 N
      053° 17’.2 E
        Gp.Fl. (2) R 10 Sec.
        No. 3   Green Conical   25° 23’.9 N
      053° 10’.6 E
        Fl.G.5 Sec.
        No. 4   Red Can   25° 24’.2  N
      053° 12’.7 E
        Fl.R. 2 Sec.
        No. 5   Green   25° 20’.6  N
      053° 04’.8 E
        QK.Fl.G
        No. 6   Red Can   25° 21’.9 N
      053° 10’.0  E
        Fl.R.5 Sec
        No. 7   Green     25° 14’.25 N
      052° 56’.8 E
        Fl. (3) G 8 Sec.
        No. 8   Red Can    25° 19’.1 N
      052° 06’.0 E
        Fl.R.2 Sec.
        No. 9   Green
        Conical
        25° 09’.8  N
      053° 54’.1  E
        Fl.G.2 Sec
        No. 10   Red Can   25° 14’.8  N
      052° 58’.9  E
        Fl.R. 3 Sec
        No. 11   Green Conical   25° 11.2   N
      052° 55.1  E
        QK.Fl.G



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      5.2.06 Das South Shoal Buoy

        DAS South Shoal Buoy Pillar   Y. B   25° 04’.0 N
      052° 53’.0 E
        QK.Fl.(6)+ L.F1.W.15 Sec



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      5.2.07 Das Outfall Buoys

        West Outfall   Y Can 25° 08’.9  N
      052° 51’.15  E
        Fl. Y.    Sec Ra
        Buoy No. 1 West Outfall   Y Can 25° 08’ .7  N
      052° 51’.35  E
        Fl. Y. 10. Sec



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      5.2.08 20 m Water Depth Marker Buoys

      Buoy No. & Name Colour Daymark Position Light
        B0UY NO# 1   Yellow – Pillar Topmark   25° 07.0’  N
      052° 55.7’  E
        Fl  Y  5s “Cross – Yellow”
        B0UY NO# 2   Yellow – Pillar Topmark   25° 07.6’  N
      052° 54.5’  E
        Fl  Y        “Cross – Yellow”



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      5.2.09 Tanker Berth Lights

      Structure Location of Light Light
        Tanker Berth No. 2
        (Decommissioned since 2005, but Lights working)
        Lat.      25° 08’ 39” N
        Long. 052° 53’ 14” E

        North Mooring Dolphin
        South Mooring Dolphin
        Loading Platform North East
        Loading Platform South End

        F.R
        F.R
        2. F.G. (Vert.)
        2. F.G. (Vert.)
        Tanker berth No. 3
        Lat.      25° 08’ 9” N
        Long. 052° 54’    S. P. M.
        S. P. M.   Fl. R. 5 Sec Ra.
        Tanker berth No. 6
        Lat.      25° 08’ 02” N
        Long. 052° 55’ 38” E     S. P. M.
        S. P. M.   Morse Code “U”
        Red  15 Sec.
        Range 5 Nautical Miles
        LNG / LPG / Paraffinic Naphtha Berth No. 4
        Lat.      25° 09’ 22” N
        Long. 052° 53’ 08” E

        North Mooring Dolphin
        South Mooring Dolphin
        Loading Platform North East

        F.R.
        F.R.
        2. F.G. (Vert.)
        SULPHUR Berth No 5
        Lat.      25° 08’ 56” N
        Long. 052° 53’ 10” E

        North Mooring Dolphin
        South Mooring Dolphin

        2. F.R. (Vert.)
        2. F.R. (Vert.)



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      5.2.10 Flare Complex

      A series of 6 Flares are located in an arc approximately 4,500 feet (1,370 metres) North of DAS Island.  The unlit flares may be brought into service without warning.  The northern perimeter of the flare zone is marked by a green conical light buoy, Fl. G. 5 sec. In position:

      Lat. 25° 11’ 05” N,   Long. 052° 52’ 02” E.

      An additional flare is situated on a small jetty extending approximately 400 feet (120 metres) from shore approximately 2,500 feet (760 metres) from LNG/LPG Berth No. 4. Numerous flares are situated onshore on the North and North West coasts of DAS Island. All of the flares previously referred to are situated within the restricted area No. 1


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    5.3 Zirku Island

      5.3.01 Approaches to Zirku Island Terminals

      Vessels approaching ZIRKU Terminal must navigate with due caution on account of the numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring States. See cautions on BA and USHO charts.


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      5.3.02 Southern Route

      Vessels approaching from the south must not pass closer than 3 miles south of oil installations...etc. in the Umm Shaif field. Special attention shall be paid to the traffic separation scheme which passes between the Umm Shaif and Zakum oil fields and vessels / craft shall navigate in accordance with the requirements of the International Rules and Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea.

      This separation scheme which crosses the port area includes:

      A separation zone 0.75 nautical miles wide.

      A traffic lane for westbound traffic, 1.25 nautical miles wide.

      A traffic lane for eastbound traffic, 1.25 nautical miles wide.

      The main traffic directions are:  050° - 230°    &    072° - 252°

      This scheme is marked by the following two light buoys :

      ZAKUM Middle
      24° 59’ 25” N
      053° 08’ 40” E
      R.W.V.S. Pillar L Fl  10 sec.

      ZAKUM West
      24° 56’ 10” N
      052° 59’ 85” E
      R.W.V.S. Spherical ISO 6 sec.
      Reference charts: Admiralty 2444, 3178, 3179, 2889 & 2837.


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      5.3.03 Deep Draft Vessels

      Deep drafted Vessels may approach the port via the deep water buoyed channel. The channel is intended primarily for the use of deep drafted Vessels sailing from ZIRKU terminal but Vessels intending to enter the port via this channel should advise “Das Control Room” by radio of their intentions. Masters are advised that this channel is for the exclusive use of ZIRKU SBM’s traffic and are cautioned to proceed accordingly.


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      5.3.04 Navigational Aids (IALA system-a)


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      5.3.05 Deep Water Channel

      Buoy No. & Name Colour Daymark Position Light
        No. 1   BYB - East Mark Pillar   25° 02’ 0” N
      053° 00’ 8” E
        VQ.(3) 5 sec.
        No. 2   RW-Safe Water Pillar   25° 04’ 4” N
      053° 02’ 4” E
        Oc. 15 sec
        No. 3   RW-Safe Water Pillar   25° 06’ 4” N
      053° 03’ 0” E
        LF1 10 sec.
        No. 4   RW-Safe Water Pillar   25° 09’ 8” E
      053° 02’ 6” E
        OC. 8 sec.
        No. 5   RW-Safe Water Pillar   25° 11’ 2” N
      053° 00’ 2” E
        MO “A” 10 s
        No. 6   Y.B.Y. Red Mark Pillar   25° 13’ 0” N
      052° 58’ 9” E
        VQ(9) 10 sec


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      5.3.06 Das South Shoal Buoy

        DAS Shoal Buoy   Y. B. Pillar   25° 04’ 0” N
      052° 53’ 0” E
        QK.Fl.(6)+L.F1.W.15 Sec


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      5.3.07 Zirku Island light

      24° 52’ 59” N                                   053° 04’ 05” E               Height is 200.86 metres above C.D.


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      5.3.08 Flare Complex (See B.A. Chart 3179) Flares:

      24° 52’ 30” N                                   053° 04’ 18” E               Fixed red light - height 145m


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      5.3.09 Zirku Flare Platform (ZFP)

      24° 51’ 33” N, 53° 02’ 34” E

      Flashing white light.  MO(U) every 15 sec.  Range 15 m. Fog signal (U) every 30 sec. Range 2 m.


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      5.3.10 Repeater Platform

      25° 01’ 42” N, 052° 55’ 42” E

      White flashing lights “U” code 15 sec. At level + 18 metres. Red light at level + 34 metres. Red lights at level + 51 metres. Horn MO (U) 30 sec.


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      5.3.11 Isolated Danger Mark Capped well-head

      24° 59’ 08” N, 052° 57’ 01”E                  Yellow Pillar 2 Fl Y 5 sec.


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      5.3.12 Zirku Effluent Water Disposal Platform

      24° 51’ 14.8’’ N                            53° 17’ 22.20’’ E  Fl. (2 + 1) every 15 seconds.  Range 10 miles.

      Horn one blast for 2 seconds every 18 seconds.  Range 2 miles.



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    5.4 Mubarraz Island Terminal

      5.4.01 Approached To Mubaraaz Terminal

      Vessels approaching MUBARRAZ Island Terminal must navigate with due caution on account of the numerous oil platforms and associated submarine pipelines within the waters of Abu Dhabi and neighbouring States.  See cautions on BA and USHO charts.

      Buoy No's Lat.   N Long   E Colour Light Character
      Approach 24° 57’ 19. 7” 053° 18’ 22. 4” Red Fl.R.ev. 5 sec
      Entrance 24° 52’ 25. 4” 053° 18’ 31. 3” Red Fl.R.ev. 10 sec
      1 24° 49’ 29. 0” 053° 17’ 28. 4” Green Fl.G.ev. 10 sec
      3 24° 43’ 59. 1” 053° 21’ 38. 9” Green Fl.G.ev. 5 sec
      4 24° 42’ 32. 8” 053° 27’ 01. 5” Red Fl.R.ev. 3 sec
      5 24° 39’ 00. 1” 053° 31’ 38. 4” Green Fl.G.ev. 3 sec
      6 24° 31’ 51. 4” 053° 40’ 30. 0” Red Fl.R.ev. 2 sec
      7 24° 34’ 02. 4” 053° 40’ 11. 0” Green Fl.G.ev. 5 sec
      8 24° 30’ 51. 0” 053° 41’ 0  3” Red Fl.R.ev. 5 sec
      9 24° 31’ 59. 5” 053° 40’ 14. 0” Green Fl.G.ev. 2 sec
      10 24° 30’ 08. 1” 053° 40’ 4  7” Red Fl.R.ev. 3 sec
      11 24° 30’ 25. 8” 053° 40’ 30. 3” Green Fl.G.ev. 3 sec
      12 24° 29’ 09. 5” 053° 40’ 29. 0” Red Fl.R.ev. 5 sec
      13 24° 27’ 25. 1” 053° 38’ 11. 4” Green Fl.G.ev. 5 sec
      14 24° 26’ 12. 4” 053° 37’ 04. 6” Red Fl.R.ev. 3 sec
      15 24° 26’ 28. 9” 053° 36’ 40. 3” Green Fl.G.ev. 3 sec
      17 24° 26’ 02. 9” 053° 33’ 01. 1” Green Fl.G.ev. 2 sec
      SPM 24° 26’ 05. 1” 053° 31’ 35. 9” Org. MO (U) W. 10 sec


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      5.4.02 Navigational Aids (IALA system-A)

      See Admiralty Charts No. 2444, 3178, 3179, 2889 & 2837.


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      5.4.03 Conspicuous Marks

      White colour quick flash navigation lights (visibility range 5 miles) are fixed on the following platforms and the flare stacks adjacent to each platform are visible from distance:

      MR-6 Platform 24° 35’ 44” N 053° 43’ 53” E
      CFP 24° 30’ 09” N 053° 42’ 09” E
      AA Platfo 24° 26’ 15” N 053° 39’ 53” E
      MR-5 Platform 24° 30’ 23” N 053° 43’ 39” E
      MR-2 Platform 24° 29’ 30” N 053° 42’ 31” E
      BF-1 Platform 24° 28’ 11” N 053° 41’ 32” E


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