Abu Dhabi Ports has taken delivery of the first shipments of automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) and ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for the new COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal at Port Khalifa.
The cranes will have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and will be fully integrated with Port Khalifa’s terminal operating system, making it the first whole port in the region to be semi-automated.
The 10 state-of-the-art ARMG cranes and four STS cranes are the initial batches of equipment to be installed at COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, the second container terminal being built at Port Khalifa is due for completion at the end of this year.
With remote control monitoring, the cranes will have the capacity to swiftly transfer shipments, further boosting the capacity of Khalifa Port.
“The arrival of the first shipments of world-class cranes for COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal marks a significant milestone to the development of Khalifa Port,” said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“The ongoing investment into the port has been a leading factor in the rising demand for services at our integrated logistics hub at KIZAD. We are extremely happy with the progress of the COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, which is poised to start operations by end of this year, serving a larger number of customers regionally and globally, and bringing in greater opportunities for business growth for the company,” he said.
“COSCO Shipping Port Limited chose Khalifa Port as the hub for its operations in the Middle East, benefiting from its world-class infrastructure and strategic location. We look forward to officially launching the terminal, which will mark a new milestone for container operations in the region,” he added.
Capt Ju Weiping, managing director of COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, also added, “Khalifa Port is one of the fastest growing ports in the region and our partnership will further enhance the state-of-the-art terminals services provided to customers. We look forward to kicking off operation at the second container terminal at Khalifa Port to continue to meet the growing global demand from our customers for logistical and operational services.”
In September 2016, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited. The agreement gives COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited a concession to develop and operate container operation services at Khalifa Port Container Terminal. COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited will operate an initial 1,200 metres of quay and yard.
On 5 November 2017, COSCO broke ground in Khalifa Port to signal the start of construction. Abu Dhabi Ports and COSCO Shipping Ports Limited also conducted a signing ceremony for the leasing of the largest container freight station (CFS) in the region at Khalifa Port.
The new CFS will provide trade facilities in Abu Dhabi with a state-of-the-art facility offering bonded LCL/FCL consolidation and de-consolidation services, cross stuffing, cargo weight reduction, short-term warehousing for de-consolidated cargo as well as easy connectivity with the container terminals in Khalifa Port.