Khalifa Port Container Terminal is ready for the next phase of expansion and will add new equipment in 2016 and 2017 to keep up with demand for services, Port operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals said.
The new equipment will include three additional Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes and 10 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes as the port aims to reach annual throughput of 2.5 million TEUs.
Abu Dhabi’s main container port is currently on 78% of its handling capacity and the next two years will see Abu Dhabi Terminals enhance its operational readiness through infrastructural development to meet the expected growth of the local and regional industry.
2015 has proven to be another good year for Abu Dhabi Terminals and Khalifa is forecast to handle a total of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) containers by the end of the year, up from 1.14 million in 2014.
The facility has future expansion capabilities to grow its annual throughput capacity to 5 million TEU.
Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer commented: “Khalifa Port Container Terminal is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers, as well as demonstrating that Khalifa Port offers a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to regional ports. We have also significantly developed our network, going from an initial five to a current 50 international destinations.”