Maritime activity in Aqaba depends on the attractiveness of Jordan’s only port namely Aqaba as a destination for international shipping lines. Among the notable container shipping lines currently utilising the Port of Aqaba are MSC, PIL, APL Maersk and Evergreen International shipping lines are represented by local shipping agents that handle the logistics operations to and from Aqaba.
Locally, the shipping agents are licensed and represented by the Jordan Shipping Association (JSA), which was initially established as the “Shipping Agents Committee” on October 11th, 1978. It was officially registered, in December 2010, as the Jordan Shipping Association.
More than 75 companies are currently members in the Association 45 shipping agents and 30 of different activities such as, maritime academy, surveyors, marine services, ship owners and ship-management
The mission of the JSA is to promote the development and growth of maritime shipping via the Kingdom’s national Port of Aqaba. This is done by mobilizing business skills and concepts in public and private sector partnerships; providing high quality services; partnering with the Government to create an attractive business environment for ship owners/operators /charterers; and assisting members to following the highest professional standards. The Government of Jordan has sought further expansion of the infrastructure facilities in Aqaba. The recent deal with the UAE investor, Al Ma’abar Co., paved the way for the construction of a new port at the southern tip of Aqaba to replace the existing one.