Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has unveiled plans to begin the next phase of expansion of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) and addition of new equipment in 2016 and 2017, in a bid to cater to the growing demand.
The expansion plan will include adding three additional ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes and ten automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes over the next two years to augment the terminal capacity and pave the way for growing needs in the future.
It is estimated that following the expansion, the annual throughput at Abu Dhabi’s container port will increase to 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).
The facility is expected to procure an annual throughput capacity of 5 million TEU by virtue of its future expansion capabilities.
KPCT, Abu Dhabi Port’s flagship, deepwater port and main container port, is currently on 78% of its handling capacity.
It is set to increase its functional readiness through an upliftment in its infrastructure, in a bid to address the demand of the local and regional industry.
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KPCT reportedly handled 1.5 million TEUs containers in 2015 compared to 1.14 million in 2014.
Abu Dhabi Terminals chief executive officer said: "Khalifa Port Container Terminal is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers."
He also added that the firm’s network spreads across 50 international destinations from an initial count of five.
In a separate development, Abu Dhabi ports has commenced the initial trial operations of its Port Community System, Maqta Gateway, which is expected to offer shipping lines, shipping agents, customs agents, terminal operators and other government agencies a single point-of-access and real-time information across a comprehensive range of services.
Image: Khalifa Port Container Terminal. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Terminals.