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Breaking with tradition – Interview with Joost Achterkamp, Abu Dhabi Ports Company

“The mission of ADPC is to fulfill a role in the realization of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. That is the plan for Abu Dhabi to change their economy, depending less on the oil and gas industry and developing new industries like ports, Industrial Zones, and tourism. The most important target for ADPC at the moment is to build and operate Khalifa Port as the modern gateway and hub in Abu Dhabi.

“The opening date is planned for the fourth quarter of 2012. It is not only a container port; it has also other facilities for General Cargo, and RoRo. There is one dedicated berth that has been operational since November last year, and that is for EMAL, the aluminum smelter.

“Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone is for sure our flagship project, and it is one of the big projects that still continues. We have finalized all of the basic marine work – so the reclamation of the land, the quay walls, that’s all done – and now we can get all the other civil works in. Delivering the power from the power station and doing all the pavements, the storm drainage, and the electrical network – that is all in execution at the moment, with several different civil contracts.

“The equipment contracts were awarded by the end of November last year. There are thirty Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) units, six ship-to-shore cranes, twenty Sprinter Straddle Carriers – the one-over-one type, fast straddle carriers. The first components have arrived now on the port island; it’s a contract that we have with Konecranes, and they are coming to do the assembly and erection of the cranes on site, which will start from early next month [September 2011].

Author(s): Joost Achterkamp, Terminal Area Project Manager for the Abu Dhabi Ports Company.

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