Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port activates new South Quay to boost operations
02 Jan 2021
The first shipment, carrying bauxite, destined for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery, has anchored at Khalifa Port’s new South Quay, marking the beginning of operations.
The bulk carrier, Alfred Oldendorff, was swiftly followed by two large general cargo ships, making use of the recently completed first phase of South Quay, providing 650 metres of quay wall, comprising two berths and 37,000 sq m of terminal yard.
EGA will use South Quay, in addition to its own nearby docks, which began receiving Capesize vessels loaded with bauxite in 2019.
The start of South Quay’s operations at Abu Dhabi’s dedicated flagship deep-water terminal is the latest move by the port’s owner and operator, Abu Dhabi Ports.
"Abu Dhabi Ports is proud to have achieved this momentous milestone ahead of schedule," said Saif Al Mazrouei, head of Ports Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports.
"The commencement of operations at the South Quay provides clear evidence that Abu Dhabi Ports stands as a leader in developing a truly inspiring and integrated multipurpose port proposition.
"Khalifa Port’s upgrade and expansion not only enables dramatic growth in our bulk and general cargo handling capacity, but further serves to demonstrate Abu Dhabi Ports’ firm commitment in supporting the individual needs of new and existing customers."
The introduction of South Quay, together with the adjacent Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL) development, aims to dramatically boost its ability to handle any type of cargo and service a wide variety of ships.
In addition to South Quay's phase 1 completion, approximately 800 metres of quay wall and almost 175,000 sq m of land within KPL has been handed over, in advance of the project’s phase 1 conclusion in the first quarter of 2021.
Source: Arabian Business