Construction of Khalifa Port projects on track despite COVID-19

UAE-based master developer Abu Dhabi Ports has revealed progress details of the Khalifa Port Expansion project, which is on schedule for timely completion.

To date, approximately 175,000m2 of land and 200m of quay wall within Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL) have been handed over ahead of Phase 1 of the project, which is due to complete in Q1 2021.

Meanwhile, more than 80% of construction is already complete on Phase 1 of Khalifa Port’s South Quay development, which is slated for completion by Q4 2020. This includes 650m of quay wall, containing two berths alongside a 37,000m2 terminal yard.

Progress has also been made on Abu Dhabi Terminals’ (ADT) expansion plans with the delivery of five new ship-to-shore cranes.

With each unit boasting a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes, the new cranes have boosted capacity at the terminal significantly and have put Khalifa Port Container Terminal on track to meet its target of five million TEUs by the end of the current year.

The Khalifa Port expansion, announced in December 2019, aims to attract new business and significantly boost capacity in line with evolving customer expectations.

Upon completion, the project is expected to substantially increase handling volumes by providing additional deep-water access and enhanced infrastructure.

Commenting on the progress of construction, the head of the Ports Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports, Saif Al Mazrouei, said: “The continued expansion of our infrastructure at Khalifa Port demonstrates Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to transforming trade and logistics in the region. Thanks to the strategic direction and guidance of the Government of Abu Dhabi, our emirate is ensured to experience increased direct foreign investment and growth of non-oil GDP.

“We are confident that the ongoing expansion of Khalifa Port will significantly enhance our operational and cargo handling capabilities. Our ports are not only gateways to the Gulf, but also convenient departure points to markets around the world, connecting east and west. The multimodal connections between Abu Dhabi and global markets through land, sea, air, and future rail channels have elevated the emirate’s status as a leading trade and logistics hub in the Middle East.”

The addition of land plots with adjacent quay wall and deep-water access at Khalifa Port provides a host of new customer opportunities, particularly for industrial producers requiring prime land plots in proximity to Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (KIZAD), as well as cargo owners who wish to import, export, and trans-ship with global markets via Khalifa Port’s multimodal touchpoints.

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