Abu Dhabi Ports Starts Fujairah Operations
United Arab Emirates port operator Abu Dhabi ports has launched a new container, cruise and RoRo terminal operating arm at Fujairah Port.
Abu Dhabi ports opened its Fujairah Terminals business in the United Arab Emirates on September 23, 2017.
It had previously managed its first vessel call, the 5,500 TEU capacity containership Emirates Hana, at Fujairah Port on September 19, 2017.
Opening the Fujairah branch followed a concession agreement with multipurpose Fujairah Port that will see a new container terminal with deep berths developed.
Fujairah Terminals plans to deepen berths to 16.5 metres to enable the port to cater to larger vessels: The port already has drafts of 15 metres.
Under the 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah, Abu Dhabi Ports has been granted exclusivity in developing facilities and managing all container, general cargo, RoRo and cruise vessels calling at the port of Fujairah.
It will exclusively handle container business for the emirate of Fujairah.
Not only will the operator manage the container port, it will work on equipping Fujairah Ports with new and advanced equipment.
It has vowed to invest around US$270 million on equipment, infrastructure and superstructures.
It plans to install STS postPanamax quay cranes, RTGs as well as new IT systems, bringing added efficiency to operations.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports called Maqta Gateway is set to develop a Port Community System that links port communities with various departments, facilities and operations.
The development of berths and yards is scheduled to commence in 2018, and during that time, the port will remain operational to service existing and new clients.
Additional capacity and new quay cranes will begin operations in 2020.
Abu Dhabi Ports says it will invest in building around 300,000 square metres yard of storage space, as well as an additional 1 kilometre of quay to host larger ships.
The port will also be equipped with new and advanced equipment as well as the latest IT systems in line with the highest standards of precision, safety and speed.
Abu Dhabi Ports recently opened another United Arab Emirates location at Delma, a new multipurpose cargo, fishing and passenger port on Delma island.
Fujairah Terminals also signed an MOU with Perma Pipe Middle East, a manufacturer of pre-insulated piping and leak detection systems for district heating and cooling, with the aim of receiving logistics support from the terminal facility to streamline their business.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports said: "As we mark the official commencement of commercial operations, we express our pride, clear commitment and intention to bring the full breadth of our experience to the table; whether it is container, RORO, bulk, cargo or cruise, supporting expansion into the Indian sub-continent and East African markets, which is set to accelerate the economic and social development of the emirate, eventually becoming a strategic and vital artery for international trade."
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