Abu Dhabi-UAE: 1 September, 2012 – Years of meticulous planning and disciplined execution culminated today with the commencement of commercial operations by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) at the state-of-the-art flagship Khalifa Port, the most technically advanced port in the MENA region. Khalifa Port is one of the pioneering accomplishments resulting from the visionary leadership of Abu Dhabi which will make a major contribution towards achieving the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 of a sustainable and diversified economy.
Khalifa Port is designed to be rolled out in phases should market demand require it. For example, the innovative technology and infrastructure is highly flexible, creating economies of scale which will reduce the cost should there be demand for future expansion. The port has been dredged to be deeper than needed to accommodate ever larger ships. Khalifa Port’s world class ship to shore cranes are among the largest in the world and have been built not only to be able to unload the world’s mightiest ships today, but to be able to handle even greater vessels that might be developed in years to come.
Khalifa Port’s container terminal will be operated by the leading port operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT). Commenting as he took over the running of the container terminal from ADPC, Martijn Van de Linde, Chief Executive Officer, ADT said: “In Khalifa Port ADPC has created an immensely powerful engine that will be at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s economic growth and diversification for many years into the future. The port is a technical triumph delivering the world’s most advanced and efficient, globally competitive services for our business customers. We are delighted to bring this marvellous piece of engineering to life with the start of commercial trading today and to commence our stewardship of this economically significant national asset.”
Khalifa Port’s container terminal has a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs (containers) a year, with an additional 12 million tons of general cargo, including 4 million tons a year from the busy Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) berth which opened in late 2010. The container terminal operates the Gate Automation solution by DIS, in combination with Crane OCR and PDS to trace container movements outside of the automated stack.