In a bid to improve the efficiency of port operations, Abu Dhabi Ports has procured a range of new equipment to better handle the increase in general cargo and roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) volumes at its port.
The new equipment is expected to enhance the productivity and safety of port operations and reduce vessel turnaround times at Khalifa Port and Zayed Port.
In 2015, Abu Dhabi Ports purchased two new mobile harbour cranes with a lifting capacity of 58 tonnes for general cargo operations in Zayed Port.
16 forklift trucks (FLTs) were the first to arrive at Zayed Port. The new trucks, which have a lifting capacity ranging from 2.7 tonnes to 13.6 tonnes, bring the total FLT fleet to over 30.
16 new terminal trucks are expected to arrive in February, 2016, with over 30 terminal tractors expected to be installed in the two ports for general cargo and RoRo operations.
Abu Dhabi Ports also anticipates a delivery of 37 roll trailers, totalling over 60.
The new trailers will have a loading capacity of 72.5 tonnes and 108.8 tonnes.
8 truck-mounted mobile cranes are expected to arrive in April, 2016, the first batch of truck-mounted mobile cranes for Abu Dhabi Ports – four with a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes and four with 63 tonnes.
These acquisitions aim to ensure a sustainable and reliable service and continue to improve customer satisfaction, as well as increase handling capacity.
Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President of Abu Dhabi Ports, concluded: “Our double-digit growth in general and bulk cargo, and RoRo volumes in recent years have necessitated an upgrade of the existing equipment at Zayed Port and Khalifa Port.
“As we expect to maintain the growth in the coming years, the new equipment will help to improve our operational efficiency, productivity, to meet the surging demand from our customers.”