Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), which manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal, has taken delivery of five new super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes as part of ongoing expansion plans that will boost annual throughput capacity to 5 million TEU by the end of the year. The Chinese-built cranes, amongst the largest of their type in the world, have a 73m outreach and an ability to lift containers weighing up to 90 tonnes 52m above the quay.
Ahmad Al Mutawa, ADT’s CEO, says, “The purchase and delivery of these cranes demonstrates how continuous investment in our infrastructure and technology helps us exceed customer expectations by constantly delivering the most efficient operational performance. Our current expansion project at Khalifa Port Container Terminal sets a new benchmark in the region, and ensures that ADT can continue to deliver world class levels of operational performance to our partners, customers and shareholders well into the future.”
The arrival of the new cranes follows the recent delivery to ADT of a batch of Automated Stacking Cranes, taking the total number of such cranes at the terminal to 22. The final phase of the ADT expansion will see the terminal linked to the Etihad Rail network, providing direct rail connections across the UAE and regionally.
The AED 1.6 billion expansion at ADT is one of a number of development projects valued at over AED 4 billion which are underway at Khalifa Port. These also include an AED 2.2 billion development of the South Quay and the multi-purpose Khalifa Port Logistics facility, which will further boost container handling capacity at the port to 9 million TEU a year within the next 5 years.