New port has been designed to service the world’s largest seagoing container vessels
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and its port operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) have announced the region’s only semi-automated container terminal is set for official opening on September 1, 2012.
“During the course of the coming months we will continue to transition and test with individual shipping lines with the aim of officially opening Khalifa Port’s new container terminal on September 1,” ADPC said.
The first phase of the Khalifa Port Container Terminal will initially handle 2.5 million TEUs container traffic and 12 million tonnes of general cargo annuallyand by 2030, it is expected to be able to handle 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo per year.
The new port has been designed to service the world’s largest seagoing container vessels, unlike Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port, which it is replacing. The port covers a 9-km2 area, including a 2.7 km2 man-made port island.