Abu Dhabi Ports has announced the arrival of ten state-of-the-art automated rail mounted gantry cranes (ARMG) and four ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes at the COSCO-run terminal at Khalifa Port.
The cranes are the first batch in new equipment orders for the new COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, which is currently under construction and due to be finished by the end of 2018.
They will have a lifting capacity of 41 tons and will be fully integrated with Khalifa Port’s terminal operating system (TOS), making it the first semi-automated port in the region.
In September 2016, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with COSCO, which gave the Chinese state-run container line and terminal operator the right to develop and operate container operation services at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal.
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Speaking about the arrival of the cranes, Captain Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, CEo of Abu Dhabi Ports said: “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.
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“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.”
Captain Ju Weiping, Managing Director of COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, also commented: “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.”