Abu Dhabi’s flagship Khalifa Port has employed the first female quay crane operator in the United Arab Emirates.
Ayesha Hassan Abdul Rahman Al Marzooqi, a 28-year-old Emirati, now controls one of the port’s super-post-Panamax cranes.
According to Trade Arabia, the crane has an outreach of 65 metres, which is the equivalent of 22 containers wide, and a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes – the same weight as 48 four-wheel drives.
Al Marzooqi’s duties involve lowering a spreader up to the top of the ship where it grabs and locks onto containers. She will then lift the container and then slowly manoeuvre it onto the dockside.
Depending on the ship size, up to six quay-crane operators may work simultaneously to unload a container ship, guaranteeing the fastest turnaround time possible.
CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Capt Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, said: “As the Middle East develops into one of the top global trade lanes, the local maritime industry promises significant growth.
(Source: Port Strategy)