Abu Dhabi Ports has announced the completion of the second phase of development at Delma Port in the UAE.

Besides leading the development projects of Al Dhafra’s premiere multi-purpose port, Abu Dhabi Ports is also undertaking other important marine infrastructure in the region.

By extending the port’s capability, the project will considerably facilitate the movement of passenger ferries, pleasure boats, landing craft vessels, and fishing boats.

Under the second phase of the development, a dedicated 315m quay wall, and several modern on-site facilities have been constructed to meet the demands of Delma Island’s and Al Dhafra region’s maritime community.

The new port can accommodate up to 60 boats, allowing the region’s commercial and recreational ships to easily relocate from the old Delma Port.

Abu Dhabi Ports group CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: “Projects such as the ongoing development and evolution of the new Delma Port are vital to facilitating the economic growth of Delma Island and Al Dhafra region.

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“By ensuring that Delma Port continues to serve the needs of the region’s maritime community and attract interest as an international destination, Abu Dhabi Ports is delivering on our leadership’s vision to establish our emirate as a top global maritime centre, one that is backed by streamlined ultra-modern services, infrastructure, and health, safety and quality standards.”

Abu Dhabi Ports ports cluster head Saif Al Mazrouei said: “Thanks for our wise leadership’s guidance, the new Delma Port serves as the focal point of our government’s plans to grow and promote the economic and social development of Al Dhafra region.

“With the conclusion of the second phase of the development at Delma Port, we have not only provided Al Dhafra’s maritime community with access to modern facilities but have also built it a new home from where it can continue to grow its business and thrive. The port will act as a driver for the future recreational and commercial development, and a bridge linking back to the proud traditions and rich history of our people and our nation.”

In 2017, phase one of the new port was inaugurated as a modern replacement of the old port.

It featured a 103m-long quay for a ferry terminal, a marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft, repair yard, an administration building, a fish market, and the ADNOC marine fuelling station.

The second phase of the development saw the formation of a new protection breakwater for providing shelter to the northern half of the harbour which was dredged to six metres in depth.

The project also involved the relocation of Etisalat marine cables surrounding Delma Port, completion of a navigational study, construction of interconnecting roads, pavement and an ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) fence.

Furthermore, it also included the installation of coastal protection for the Delma Ladies Club and service utilities such as solar streetlights and potable water.