The Sharjah Emirate's Department of Seaports & Customs, which regulates imports and exports, is the governing body for ports in the region. Within the Department, the Sharjah Seaports Authority controls vessel movements in and out of Sharjah ports, provides pilotage service, and oversees the loading/unloading of cargo.
The Sharjah Ports Authority (SSA) is committed to several activities that will support and improve the performance of regional ports, including the Port of Khor Fakkan. The SSA strives to maintain an effective organization that can handle complex data and assure timely operations that fulfill the needs of port customers.
The SSA works to improve employee skills and the working environment in Sharjah ports. The port authority also applies local and federal regulations that apply to quality management systems, environmental management, and occupational health and safety. The SSA also protects environment by pollution control and by practicing sustainable port management principles.
The Port of Khor Fakkan overlooks the Gulf of Oman from the UAE's northeastern shores. The Port of Khor Fakkan is the only natural deep-water harbor in the Gulf of Oman region and the base of the city's economy.
The Port of Khor Fakkan is in an ideal location for transshipping cargo to ports in the Arabian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and East Africa. Only three hours from the UAE's largest cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah city, and Dubai, the Port of Khor Fakkan road network also gives shippers access to commercial markets in the United Arab Emirates.
The Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) is the main facility at the Port of Khor Fakkan. The Port of Khor Fakkan container terminal has six quays with a total length of two thousand meters (6562 feet) and with alongside depth of 16 meters (52.5 feet). The major shipping lines using the Port of Khor Fakkan's KCT include Hapag Lloyd, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Sea Consortium, Hanjin, China Shipping, CMA-CGM, and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).
Established in 1976 in the Sharjah Emirate to manage and operate the container terminals in the Port of Khor Fakkan and Port Khalid, the Gulftainer Company Limited operates the KCT. Dubai's Annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards named the Port of Khor Fakkan container terminal as the "Shipping Port of the Year" for 2011.
The total area of the Port of Khor Fakkan's KCT is 70 hectares, and the container terminal contains total storage area of 45 hectares, including a three thousand square meter (32.3 thousand square foot) dedicated transit shed and storage area for LCL cargo. The container terminal at the Port of Khor Fakkan has capacity to store 45 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo, including more than one thousand reefer containers.
The Port of Khor Fakkan's container terminal is equipped with 20 container gantry cranes, including super post-Panamax cranes. The Port of Khor Fakkan also has 26 yard gantry cranes, 30 container handlers, and 116 terminal tractors.