Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a 35-year concession agreement that provides exclusive rights to develop the Port of Fujairah's infrastructure and manage its operations.

Both entities have agreed to establish a new operational arm named Fujairah Terminals as part of the arrangement, which will be completely owned by Abu Dhabi Ports.

The Fujairah port is expected to reach one million twenty-foot equivalent unit (teu) capacity and handle 700,000t of general cargo by 2030.

Port of Fujairah board chairman Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi said: “This agreement comes in line with the directives of H.H Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, to further develop the Port of Fujairah and support the strategic role it plays in enhancing the UAE’s economic growth.

“We look forward to working closely with Abu Dhabi Ports in making this strategic partnership mutually beneficial, both in the short and long term, and enhancing Fujairah Port’s capabilities and strengths both regionally and internationally.”

"We look forward to working closely with Abu Dhabi Ports in making this strategic partnership mutually beneficial, both in the short and long term."

Abu Dhabi Ports will receive the exclusive rights to improve existing infrastructure of the port with the establishment of Fujairah Terminals, along with the responsibility to manage all container, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships in the Port.

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The agreement is also expected to enable the Port of Fujairah to serve clients and companies in the Gulf Region, Indian Ocean and Indian Subcontinent and also cater to larger vessels following development.

The scope of the planned port development includes the deepening of tberths to 16.5m in order to accommodate bigger vessels to dock at Port of Fujairah, as well as building an approximately 300,000m2 storage yard and an additional 1km-long quay to facilitate an increase in shipping operations.

Abu Dhabi Ports is also expected to provide Fujairah Ports with new and advanced equipment such as STS post-panama quay cranes, RTGs and new IT systems to increase operational efficiency.

Image: The signing ceremony of the concession agreement was held at Al Remailah Palace. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports.