UAE Focus

Khalifa Port poised to expand

October 2016

Abu Dhabi Ports has announced a major expansion for its Khalifa Port.

The expansion at the port, one of the world’s fastest growing container, bulk cargo and roll-on roll-off vehicle transport ports, will add 1,000 m of quay wall and deepen its main channel and basin to 18 m from the current 16 m. The new quay wall will add an additional 600,000 sq m for cargo handling.

These measures will ensure the port can accommodate anticipated growth in the short to medium term and handle the world’s largest ships, increasing the competitiveness of the emirate as a logistics and maritime hub while also serving key industries across the UAE.

As a first step in delivering this plan, a contract has been signed 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 1,000-m-long quay wall and the adjacent yard behind it. About 250 workers will be involved in the expansion project work, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.

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