Abu Dhabi starts operations at new $9b port
ABU DHABI (AFP) - Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations on Saturday at its new Khalifa Port in a multi-billion-dollar project to transfer its main container terminal from the 40-year-old port of Mina Zayed.
The new facility, built on reclaimed land 5km off the coast of the Gulf emirate, received its first ship from a commercial customer, the 366m MSC Bari.
The first phase of the project, now complete, has cost 26.6 billion dirhams (S$9.05 billion), the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said in a statement released to coincide with the opening ceremony.
Khalifa Port, which is part of the Kizad industrial zone, now has a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs (containers) a year, with an additional 12 million ton of general cargo, including 4 million ton a year from the adjacent Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) berth which opened in late 2010.