Abu Dhabi’s Mugharraq port, located in the Al Dhafra region, has been recognised as an international port facility, under the provisions of the ISPS Code, by the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. With the new certification, Mugharraq can now receive both international and local vessels, including container feeders, bulk and breakbulk carriers, mobile offshore drilling units, tugboats, chemical tankers, offshore support vessels, passenger ships and high-speed cargo craft.
According to Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Port Director, Al Dhafra Region, “By receiving the distinction of an international port facility Mugharraq has further cemented its position as a strategic commercial port. This accomplishment is a reflection of AD Ports Group’s efforts in recent years to devise and advance a master plan for the modernisation of Al Dhafra region’s ports, which has witnessed several infrastructure enhancements catering to both commercial and recreational maritime activities.”
AD Ports Group is close to completing an extensive expansion project aimed at enhancing Mugharraq port’s infrastructure and service capabilities, to ensure it is better positioned to support large scale offshore projects related to the oil and gas sector. These infrastructure improvements include the extension of the quay wall to 480 m, the deepening of the alongside water depth to 8m, the development of additional ro-ro ramps, taking the total to six, and the building of extra berths designed to support heavy lift operations.
Additionally, the port’s load-bearing capability has also been increased, up to 15 tonnes per square metre, to support heavy lift activities and the handling of cargo bound for oil and gas facilities.