Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has received the delivery of the newest set of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes as a part of their port expansion efforts.

Abu Dhabi Terminals manages and operates Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), which is the first semi-automated terminal in the region.

The port received five new 52m-high cranes that have a 73m reach and a lifting capacity of 90t.

The cranes will help in increasing the capacity of the terminal to five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) by the end of this year.

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STS cranes are the biggest in the world and will contribute to the ‘technologically advanced operational ecosystem’ at Abu Dhabi Ports Group-owned Khalifa Port.

The cranes were purchased from China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry.

Recently, ADP also received the delivery of a batch of Automated Stacking Cranes. They are a part of the expansion project. The total number of cranes at the KPCT now stands at 22.

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In the final phase of expansion, KPCT will be linked to the Etihad Rail network, which will offer direct rail connections in the country and the region.

Abu Dhabi Ports group CEO and Abu Dhabi Terminals chairman Mohamad Juma Al Shamisi said: “Thanks to the wise strategic guidance of the leadership’s Economic Vision 2030, Abu Dhabi Terminals at Khalifa Port is well-positioned to complete its expansion in record time and ahead of schedule, validating our commitment to becoming one of the leading container terminal operators in the world.”

“As Abu Dhabi’s gateway to the world, Khalifa Port continues to surpass world-class performance benchmarks and, through its growth, is playing a vital role in contributing to creating prosperity and opportunity for all those within the UAE.

“Offering world-class levels of operational performance through continuous investment in our maritime assets and infrastructure enables Abu Dhabi to position its economy to reap the benefits of future non-oil growth for years to come.”