Autoterminal, a member of the Noatum Maritime Group, and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed an agreement for the creation of a joint venture company called Autoterminal Khalifa Port, which will manage the ro-ro /car terminal in Khalifa Port under a 15 year concession.
Autoterminal is the leading multimodal car terminal in the Mediterranean, located in the Port of Barcelona, with more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive sector. The 300,000m2 car terminal at Khalifa Port, which has more than 550m of dedicated quay, will offer added-value services to car terminal users including PDI inspections, vehicle customization and other technical services. The main short-term objectives of the agreement is to provide the same level of quality that Autoterminal offers its clients in the Port of Barcelona, and to position Khalifa Port as the regional hub for all commercial car trade routes in the Gulf, East Africa and the Red Sea.
In addition, Abu Dhabi Ports has launched a new Port Digital Innovation Lab. It hopes this initiative will lead to more innovation, by providing a platform for creative minds in the UAE to develop fresh technological solutions to meet regional trade and industry needs. The lab is located at Maqta Gateway, an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary, which is the developer and operator of the first port community system in the emirate.
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, General Manager of Maqta Gateway, said: “This is the first Port Digital Innovation Lab in the Middle East. It promises to fulfil the need for a facility dedicated to studying emerging technologies and developing new solutions by young, inspired creators and innovators that can then be practically applied to real-life trade and market situations.”
Abu Dhabi Ports has also recently revealed a long-term innovation strategy to its stakeholders. This will focus on the development of initiatives around four key themes: Smart technology, Ports-Emirates duality, Future trade and logistics and Space logistics.