The bulk carrier Alfred Oldendorff, carrying bauxite destined for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery, has become the first vessel to call at Khalifa Port’s South Quay, marking the commencement of operations at the new facility. South Quay offers a total of 650 m of quay wall comprising two berths and 37,000 m2 of terminal yard.
EGA will use the South Quay, in addition to its own nearby quay, which began receiving Capesize vessels loaded with bauxite in 2019. Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “We are proud to have achieved this momentous milestone ahead of schedule. Khalifa Port’s upgrade and expansion not only enables dramatic growth in our bulk and general cargo handling capacity, but further serves to demonstrate Abu Dhabi Ports’ firm commitment in supporting the individual needs of new and existing customers.”
In addition to the South Quay phase 1 completion, approximately 800 m of quay wall and almost 175,000 m2 of land within the neighbouring Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL) has been handed over in advance of the project’s full phase 1 conclusion in the first quarter of 2021.