Abu Dhabi celebrated today the official commencement of operations of Fujairah Terminals in the East coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The announcement came following an official event held at Novotel Fujairah, attended by Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Board of Port of Fujairah, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, along with a delegation of Senior Managers, Key Stakeholders and Customers.
Earlier this year, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah, under which “Fujairah Terminals”, a new operational arm wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, was established with over AED 1 billion ear-marked for investment in in equipment, and infra and super structure.
Commenting on this major milestone occasion, Captain Al Shamisi said: “As we mark the official commencement of commercial operations, we express our pride, clear commitment and intention to bring the full breadth of our experience to the table; whether it is container, RORO, bulk, cargo or cruise, supporting expansion into the Indian sub-continent and East African markets, which is set to accelerate the economic and social development of the emirate, eventually becoming a strategic and vital artery for international trade.”
This August, Fujairah Terminals celebrated its first vessel call under Abu Dhabi Ports management. The company also welcomed, a day before the event, the largest container vessel to call at the port, the Emirates Hana, which is capable of handling 5,500 TEUs and arrived in Fujairah on 19 September.
Through ‘Fujairah Terminals’, Abu Dhabi Ports is granted the exclusivity to enhance existing infra and super structure; in addition to managing all Container, General Cargo, RoRo and Cruise Ships in the Port. It further extends this exclusivity throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business. The agreement also includes deepening of berths to enable the Port, which already serves clients and companies in the entire Gulf Region, Indian Ocean and Indian Subcontinent, to cater to larger vessels.
Abu Dhabi Ports will be investing in the infrastructure of Fujairah Ports, further enhancing its capabilities. Development includes deepening of berths to -16.5 metres to allow bigger vessels to come to the Port of Fujairah, building an approximate 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as an additional 1km quay to accommodate the expected growth in the number of ships arriving to the port, increasing shipping operations in the process.
Abu Dhabi Ports will also work on equipping Fujairah Ports with new and advanced equipment such as STS post panamax quay cranes, RTG’s as well as new IT systems, bringing efficiency to operations and better equipping it to meet the needs of global shipping companies and service operators in line with the highest international standards. Maqta Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports will be engaged to develop a Port Community System that links port communities with various departments, facilities and operations.
The development of berths and yards is scheduled to commence in 2018. The port will remain operational during this time to service existing and new clients. Additional capacity and new quay cranes will begin operations in 2020, including the post panamax quay cranes.