Khalifa Port Phase One complete by end 2012
Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi will open at the same time
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has announced the arrival of the first batch of Super Post Panamax ship to shore (STS) container cranes at Khalifa Port.
This marks a significant milestone for Khalifa Port as it readies for Phase 1 completion at the same time as the opening of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) in Q4.
Khalifa will be the first semi-automated port in the region. It is equipped to handle an initial capacity of 2 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container traffic and 12 million tons of general cargo annually.
The port’s strategic location also serves as an enabler for Kizad, offering the industrial zone’s tenants access to global markets.
The arrival of the three STS cranes, which at 44m high under the spreader and a lifting capacity of 110t, are among the largest of their kind in the world, signify that completion of the port island is well on schedule.
The Chinese company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC), which designed and constructed the cranes, is due to deliver a second batch of three cranes in Q2.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of ADPC, said: “I am tremendously proud to be a part of this instrumental project, which will play such a key role in Abu Dhabi’s economic development and promoting new business opportunities."