Country requirement & restriction


1. At present we have Container Yard (CY) acceptance at Shuwaikh and Shuaiba Terminal. Both ports are served by US flagged vessels only. In case of any exception required, please check with our operations department

Weight / Measurement:

There is no weight limitation other than the maximum weight as stipulated on the Container Safety Convention (CSC) plate of the container, failure to abide will result the container not to be loaded.

Shuwaikh and Shuaiba port’s gantry crane has maximum weight limitation of 40 metric tons. For over weight containers discharged, double handling charges are imposed (i.e. containers in excess of 24 mts/20' and 30 mts/40' & 45'; an additional cost of KWD 22/20', KWD 38/40', and KWD 50/45').

2. Break Bulk and Out of Gauge cargo need prior confirmation from and has to be delivered directly to the shipside.

For cargo over 29 metric tones , request via mail to is mandatory prior acceptance and loading of cargo in order to arrange special cranes.  Failing in sending request prior loading of container will be concluded as erroneous declaration and container will be either kept on board or will incur claims/fine. 

Special Cargoes : 

Hazardous (IMO) cargo is subject to approval from prior acceptance and loading. Below specific IMO class cargo has to be arranged as mentioned: 

  • IMO class 6.1 must be delivered at shipside, to be loaded directly on vessel.
  • IMO class 7 is not acceptable to be loaded on our vessel.
  • During the summer months(June to August), IMO class 1 and 3 must be delivered at ship side, to be loaded directly on vessel.

No Less Container Load (LCL) or Container Freight Station (CFS) delivery is acceptable.

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Safmarine Container Lines

Dar Al Awadi Towers
13th Floor Ahmed Al Jaber Street
Sharq Kuwait
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