Abu Dhabi Ports has announced the delivery of the first shipments of automated rail mounted gantry cranes (ARMG) and ship-to-shore quay cranes (STS) to Khalifa Port from Shanghai.
Shipped from Shanghai, China, the ten state-of-the-art ARMG Cranes and four STS Cranes are the initial batches of equipment to be installed at Cosco Shipping’s Abu Dhabi Terminal, the second container terminal being built at Khalifa Port due for completion at the end of 2018.
As innovation and automation continues to be part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ long-term strategy, the ARMG’s and STS cranes will add unprecedented advantages to Khalifa Port by ensuring the timely and efficient stacking of containers in the terminal’s yards.
Furthermore, with remote control monitoring, the cranes will have the capacity to swiftly transfer shipments, further boosting the capacity of Khalifa Port.
The cranes will have the lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and will be fully integrated with Khalifa Port’s terminal operating system, making it the first semi-automated port in the region.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, "The arrival of the first shipments of world class cranes for COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal marks a significant milestone to the development of Khalifa Port.
“The ongoing investment into the port has been a leading factor in the rising demand for services at our integrated logistics hub at KIZAD.
“We are extremely happy with the progress of the COSCO SHIPPING Abu Dhabi Terminal, which is poised to start operations by end of this year, serving a larger number of customers regionally and globally, and bringing in greater opportunities for business growth for the company."
"Cosco Shipping Port Limited chose Khalifa Port as the hub for its operations in the Middle East, benefiting from its world-class infrastructure and strategic location. We look forward to officially launching the terminal, which will mark a new milestone for container operations in the region.”
In September 2016, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year Concession Agreement with Cosco Shipping Ports Limited.
The agreement gives Cosco a concession to develop and operate container operation services at Khalifa Port Container Terminal.
On November 5th 2017, Cosco broke ground in Khalifa Port to signal the start of construction.
Abu Dhabi Ports and Cosco Shipping Ports Limited also conducted a signing ceremony for the leasing of the largest container freight station (CFS) in the region at Khalifa Port.
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