COSCO Shipping Ports’ (CSP) Abu Dhabi Terminal, located at Khalifa Port, has solidified its position as major trade hub in the Middle East after welcoming two of the world’s largest container vessels.
The facility has accommodated four main line vessels since commencing trial operations in April 2019, including the 14,000 TEU CSCL Mercury and 19,000 TEU CSCL Globe.
With a capacity of 20,000 TEU, the COSCO ship PISCES broke the record for largest vessel to visit on May 5, 2019, only for that milestone to be beaten three weeks later by the arrival of COSCO’s SOLAR, an ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) with a container capacity of 21,000 TEU.
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According to a statement, Khalifa Port’s ability to handle ships of this size makes Abu Dhabi a highly important component of China’s fast-growing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “The arrival of both the MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR and PISCES is a milestone moment for Abu Dhabi Ports and its partner, CSP.
“Not only does it demonstrate our growth as a hub port in the region, but also our position as the heart of COSCO’s network in the Middle East.”
— علوم الدار (@oloumaldar) May 27, 2019
As reported by PTI in a recent news update, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is the result of a 35-year agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and COSCO SHIPPING Ports that aims to boost the region’s maritime sector.
In addition to this, Abu Dhabi Ports will increase capacity at Khalifa Port from the current 5 million TEU to 9.1 million TEU and continue its efforts to develop an advanced trade network with the rest of the world.