Abu Dhabi Ports flagship Khalifa Ports will undergo a major expansion to further to boost handling capacity. The port, currently in seventh year of operation, is situated halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
AED 2.2 billion will be invested in the development of South Quay and Khalifa Port Logistics.
Another AED 1.6 billion will be invested in the expansion of CSP Abu Dhabi Terminals, which is currently fully operational.
The South Quay development which will be completed by Q1 of 2021 is composed of a three km quay-wall with 18.5 meters along-side draft for general cargo, ro-ro, and bulk usage. It will also include eight berths and 1.3Mn square meters of terminal yard.
The Khalifa Logistics expansion, for multi-purpose usage, will encompass a 3.1km quay wall with an 8-meter draft, 15 berths and land plots, which can be tailored to individual customers.
Phase 1 of the South Quay expansion will be completed by Q4 2020, while Phase 2 and the Khalifa Logistics expansion will be completed by Q1 2021. These two expansion projects will create more than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs and contribute more than AED 3.2Bn to the emirate’s GDP by 2025.
The expansion at ADT will include an extension of the quay from 1,400 to 2,265 meters and an addition of 10 new ship-to-shore quay cranes — effectively doubling ADT’s handling capacity from 2.5Mn to 5Mn TEUs. Additionally, the new investment will include significant technological advancements, such as fully automated truck loading and discharge.
With this capacity expansion project in place, Khalifa Port will see its container handling capacity jump from current 5Mn to 7.5Mn TEUs, which sets it firmly on the path towards its 9Mn TEU milestone over the next five years.
Furthermore, after only one year, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal has now shifted from its trial operation phase to being commercially fully operational.
The deep-water, semi-automated container terminal includes the largest Container Freight Station in the Middle East and positions Abu Dhabi as the regional base for COSCO’s global network of 37 ports.
“As global trade volumes increase over time, the world’s leading port operators must think decades ahead in their planning and execution. Through strategic collaboration with partners and top industry players, such as ADT, MSC, China’s CSP, and Autoterminal Barcelona, Khalifa Port is developing in a sustainable manner and has become one of the fastest-growing ports in the world,” said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
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