Fujairah Ports installs China's ZPMC cranes for $272.3m expansion
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries' quay cranes to support the port in handling an additional 500,000 TEU
Fujairah Terminals, which is fully-owned by Abu Dhabi Ports has installed two new quay cranes, supplied by China-based Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) at Fujairah Port for its $272.3m (AED1bn) expansion project.
As part of the project, capacity at the port will increase to 1.5 million TEU, while the general cargo handling capacity will surge to 1.3 million tonnes. Other features of the expansion project are 18 metre draft, a larger quayside, and the ability to accommodate bigger vessels.
The installation of the new cranes, the port will handle an additional 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), with the cranes installation set to bolster productivity, speed up turnaround of vessels, and increase safety at the port.
In a move to maximise the efficiency in the operation of the new cranes, Fujairah Terminals sent two graduate UAE nationals to China to attend a technical training programme at ZPMC’s facility.
The acting chief executive officer of Fujairah Terminals, AbdulAziz Al Balooshi, termed the arrival of the quay cranes an “exciting development” in the ongoing expansion project.