UAE-based Abu Dhabi Ports has unveiled an expansion plan for its deepwater Khalifa Port in order to handle more cargo.
As part of the plan, 1,000m of quay wall will be added to the port, deepening its main channel and basin to 18m from the existing 16m.
With the addition of the new quay, the terminal will get another 600,000m² for cargo handling.
As part of this expansion, Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a contract with National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) for dredging the channels and to build the new quay wall as well as the adjacent yard behind it.
The expansion is scheduled for completion by mid-2018.
Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: “This ambitious expansion is crucial to ensuring Abu Dhabi remains a global trade and investment hub as well as supporting our local industries.
“Building on recent growth at Khalifa Port, we are future proofing our operations to ensure we can continue to attract the world’s leading operators to use our world-class facilities that will see Capesize vessels, the largest in the cargo industry, come directly into an Abu Dhabi port for the very first time.
“Over the past few years we have invested in building an integrated, technology enabled platform and physical infrastructure for our customers to become an enabler for key business sectors in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan and Vision 2030. Today sees us take this to the next level as a maritime centre and as the gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.”
The expansion at the terminal, which currently handles bulk cargo and roll-on roll-off vehicle transportations, will also enable it to handle the world’s largest ships.
Once completed, the port will help increase the country’s competiveness in the logistics and maritime sector, as well as serve major industries across the UAE.
Image: Contract signing between Abu Dhabi Ports and National Marine Dredging Company representatives. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports.