Following an extensive redevelopment work, Al Mirfa Port, situated in the Western region of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates was officially inaugurated by Abu Dhabi Ports on Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi Ports, the developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the emirate, upgraded the port’s infrastructure and facilities, including by protection of the port berths, and the construction of a breakwater to guard the port’s basin from the force of strong water currents.
Floating pontoons were also established creating new berths to accommodate 140 fishing boats and leisure ferries.
“The infrastructural upgrade, newly established facilities and improved standards of services have now positioned Al Mirfa Port to become the first port dedicated to supporting the fishing industry and community in the emirate,” the port operator said.
“The development of the Western Region’s ports is a strategic priority and in line with our leadership’s directives of enhancing the region’s economic resources, ” said H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“Our goal is to implement the master development plan which includes Al Mirfa Port, Mugharrag Port, Delma Port and Sir Bani Yas and we are confident that with the support of Abu Dhabi Ports’ partners, these vital projects will play a key role in the development of the region and support the Emirate’s economic diversification efforts.”
As for upgrading the services available, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will supply fuel to vessels from an offshore platform. ADNOC is also setting up a service centre, similar to its ADNOC Oasis convenient stores spread across the UAE.
In addition, two plots have been allocated to attract maintenance companies as well as vessel spare-part suppliers. A third plot has also been set aside for small businesses, including an ice making plant that will cater to the fishermen and overall community’s needs.
Abu Dhabi Ports is managing and operating the ports of Delma, Mugharrag and Al Sila, in addition to Al Mifra Port.
Currently under design, Mugharrag Port will be undergoing comprehensive redevelopment and as for Delma Port, the infrastructure will be upgraded to include a ferry terminal and a marina with 160-boat capacity.