$6.2B Khalifa Port: Abu Dhabi’s Flagship, Deepwater Port

By: | July 19th, 2015

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Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art infrastructure project, Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), about 37.28 miles (60 km) from Abu Dhabi, was completed in 2012 and took over for Mina Zayed Port as the region’s first semi-automated container terminal. The next closest port of similar size and capabilities is 3,106 miles (5,000 km) away. All told, the port will serve 4.5 billion people in four time zones.

Khalifa Port was built as part of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, or KIZAD, and covers 31.68 mi.² (51 km²), employs 100,000 people, and is expected to contribute 15% of the Emirates non-oil GDP by 2030.

Khalifa Port was built on a reclaimed island and the depth of the port is 54.13 feet (16.5 m). The port has been designed with nine Super Post Panamax Quay cranes, 42 automated stacking cranes, 28 straddle carriers, and comprehensive ICT services.

There are currently more than 20 container line services that connect to KIZAD from the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent, and products are shipped to more than 50 international destinations. Additionally, it is planned that all of the “Roll-on-Roll-off” (RORO) cargo traffic will be moved from the UAE’s capital to the new port.

The following video shows the new facility.

For more information on the port, see Abu Dhabi ports facts.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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