Fujairah Terminals, wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, has taken delivery of two new post Panamax size quayside container cranes as part of its extensive expansion plans. The cranes, purchased from ZPMC in China, will boost capacity at the terminal by around 0.5 million teu a year, heighten productivity, speed up turnaround times and increase safety.
Other elements of the ongoing expansion programme include increases in general cargo handling capacity to 1.3 million tonnes a year and dredging to provide an 18m draft, creating an ability to accommodate bigger vessels.
AbdulAziz Al Balooshi, Acting CEO, said: “The arrival of these two new quay cranes is an exciting development in the ongoing expansion of operations at Fujairah Terminals. The ambitious expansion plan underscores our commitment to continuing development of a world-class infrastructure capable of facilitating global trade and logistics and will contribute to the UAE’s economic growth.”
Fujairah Terminals also recently celebrated the first ever cruise ship turnaround. The call by the TUI Cruises’ Marella Discovery marked the first time a visiting vessel both dropped off arriving guests and welcomed new visitors during its stay at the port.
To facilitate the process, Fujairah Terminals has established a temporary cruise terminal to oversee the movement of visitors. The facility features a passenger hall and luggage handling area, and offers onsite traffic and logistics support for travellers transferring to and from Dubai World Central airport.
Since receiving its first cruise ship back in 2016, Fujairah Terminals has experienced a steady increase in the number of calls each year. It expects to receive 16 cruise calls during the 2019-2020 season, which would represent an increase of more than 180% in four years.