The newly established Fujairah Terminals welcomed its first container feeder vessel, the Dubai Alliance.
This is the first ship to arrive at the terminal, which is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports within Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), after a concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah was signed in June this year.
Dubai Alliance is a vessel under Star Feeders LLC, a specialist short-sea common carrier container feeder service that operates a feeder network between UAE ports.
Following the signing of the 35-year concession agreement with the Fujairah Port that granted Abu Dhabi Ports exclusive rights to develop port infrastructure and undertake operations for containers, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships, Fujairah Terminals was established and took over management of the terminals from Fujairah Port Authority from August 1.
“We are marking the beginning of a new era for both Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah under the new management of Fujairah Terminals. The investment in port infrastructure will go a long way to strengthening development and operation of ports and terminals across the UAE and its contribution to the growth of a diversified, knowledge-based economy highlighting Fujairah’s strategic role in the UAE’s maritime and trade growth, bringing about a marked increase in vessel calls, such as the Dubai Alliance and many more to come,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented.
Furthermore, Abu Dhabi Ports will retain the exclusive management of container business throughout the emirate of Fujairah for container business.
Further terms of the agreement include enhancing the port’s ability to cater to larger vessels through the deepening of berths and building almost 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as a 1km quay. The company will also invest in new technological equipment to increase operational efficiencies and services.