area inside the boundary wall of the Ma'alla Wharf has been
declared as the "Aden Free Port". Customs inspections are carried out in a separate customs area at the eastern end of the Ma'alla Wharf where trucks enter and leave.
consists of 750 m of quay with a depth alongside
at chart datum of 11.0 m, giving 4 berths each 187.5 m in length. At Ma’alla there is also a RoRo Berth 150 m long, depth 7.6 m, and 250 m of ‘Home Trade ’quay depth 6.7 m. East of the Home Trade quay are 800 m of lighter and dhow quays at depths of
between 1.8 and 2.7 m.
The Container Berths
(Nos. 1 and 2) at the western end of the Ma'alla Terminal are used for container handling and are operated by the
Two large cargo sheds, 170 m x 60 m, are located at Berths 3 and 4.
Smaller sheds are positioned to the rear of the Home Trade quay and behind the lighter and dhow quays.
Class 1 dangerous goods are not handled alongside at Ma’alla and must be discharged to barge at a buoy berth for handling at the Obstruction Pier east of Ma’alla.
General Cargo/Bulk berths
At the Ma'alla Terminal
the two main conventional/bulk berths are Nos 3 and 4. Cargo ships of up to 40,000 DWT, 190 m LOA and draft 10.4 m can berth alongside at the Ma'alla Terminal at zero tide, and with drafts of up to 10.7 m when tides are favourable.
A bulk cement receiving, storage and bagging plant operates behind the Home Trade Quay No. Shed 23, with bulk vessels discharging to this by pipeline from Berth No. 4.
The Home Trade quay is used by smaller vessels. A second bulk cement storage and bagging plant, with four vertical silos, is located east of the Home Trade quay and is connected to this quay by pipeline for pneumatic discharge of cement.
East of the Home Trade quay are 800 m of lighter and dhow quays at depths of between 1.8 and 2.7 m. A number of mobile cranes are available, plus a 30 tonnes capacity floating crane operated by YGAPC.
Bulk wheat is discharged using two methods. Containerized automatic bagging plants fed by pneumatic suction pumps from the ships’ holds to automatically fill and stitch bags for direct delivery to trucks. At Ma’alla Berth 3 a ‘Swiveltel’ rail mounted automatic discharging plant delivers grain to an overhead conveyor and to the 80,000 tonnes silos at the Rowaishan Flour Mills complex behind berths 2, 3 and 4.
Various bulk cargoes may also be unloaded by grab to hoppers and then to trucks, or into barges.