Aqaba Port (port code: JOAQJ) is the only seaport in the kingdom of Jordan in West Asia. It lies at the southernmost tip of Jordan on the northeast shores of the Gulf of Aqaba, 2 nautical miles away from Eilat port of Israel in the west.
Located on a 40-kilometer strip of coastline between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the port is the only access to the sea for Jordan. It handles 78% of Jordan’s exports and 65% of the country’s imports. Covering a total area of two million square meters, including 1.7 million square meters of land and 380.8 square meters of sea, it contains three main areas: the main port zone, the containers port zone, and the industrial port zone. The main port zone contains 12 berths for handling general cargoes and grain, exporting phosphate, and supporting roll-on/roll-off and lighter traffic. The containers port zone is located five kilometers south of the main port area and contains seven berths of a total one thousand meters in length. The industrial port zone is located 18 kilometers south of the main port zone and handles oil, timber, and industrial products.
The port handles approximately 17 million tons of cargo and 587,500TEU annually. The principal exports leaving this port are phosphates, tar products, cement, fruit. The main imports entering this port include general cargo, building materials, grain and machinery.
Each year about 2,700 vessels and 1.2 million passengers visit this port. The types of vessels regularly calling at this port are container ships, accounting for around 51%; and passenger ships, taking up around 14%. The maximum length of the vessels recorded to having entered this port is 369 meters. The maximum draught is 14.7 meters. The maximum deadweight is 156,198t.