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Major expansion plan announced for Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi Ports said new quay will allow Khalifa Port accommodate world's largest container and cargo ships for first time in the emirate

Major expansion plan announced for Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi Ports is set to significantly expand the docking facilities at Khalifa Port, enabling it to accommodate world's largest container and cargo ships for first time in the emirate.

The master developer, operator and manager of Abu Dhabi’s ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone, will add a new 1000-metre quay wall will add an additional 600,000 sq metres for cargo handling and will deepen its channel and basin to 18 metres.

Abu Dhabi Ports said the measures will ensure the port can accommodate anticipated growth in the short to medium term and increase the competitiveness of the emirate as a logistics and maritime hub.

“This ambitious expansion is crucial to ensuring Abu Dhabi remains a global trade and investment hub as well as supporting our local industries,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.

“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.”

A first step in delivering this plan has been the signing of a contract with the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) which will start preparatory work on dredging the channels and using this material to build up the new 1000-metre-long quay wall and the adjacent yard behind it. A total of 250 workers will be involved in the awarded expansion project of Khalifa Port which is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.

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