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Abu Dhabi Speeds Port Paper Work

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has signed a MoU with Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) & several government agencies with the aim of speeding up port formalities. The MoU, signed on the sidelines of the recent World Ports and Trade Summit 2013 (WPTS), in Abu Dhabi was between ADPC; Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA); Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA); and Abu Dhabi Terminals. Intended to act as a ”One-stop-shop” for the ports’ service and to integrate and accelerate the flow of trade-related documentation and information, the ‘Ports Community System’ (PCS) acts as a secure, centralisedelectronic systemthat manages the exchange of information between all the relevant parties.

Fujairah Terminals Welcomes First Container Feeder Vessel

Photo courtesy: Official Twitter Page of Abu Dhabi Ports‏

The newly established Fujairah Terminals, under the management of Abu Dhabi Ports, has welcomed its first container feeder vessel, the Dubai Alliance, reported Gulf News. 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 commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), following the signing of a concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah in June this year.

Abu Dhabi Promoting Port Investments

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

The Industrial Development Bureau of the Department of Economic Development (IDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish a joint-program that will help attract investment and further develop and enhance the fast-evolving industrial sector of Abu Dhabi. The MoU, signed at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development by Eng. Ayman Al-Makkawy, Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO Abu Dhabi Ports, is built on the foundation of knowledge-exchange.

Abu Dhabi Ports Sees Cargo Volumes Rise

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate―said it handled 19 percent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The volumes increased to 11.28 million metric tons in the first three quarters of 2015 from 9.49 million metric tons in the same period last year. This was announced at the first Annual Breakbulk Middle East Conference & Exhibition being hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from October 25 to 28, 2015.

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal Posts Record Year

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

As the region’s 2015/2016 cruise season has come to a close, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and the Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, has released its best ever Cruise Terminal performance figures. With an increase of 16 percent in passengers and 20 percent increase in vessel calls, the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal is playing a prominent role in expanding the emirate’s tourism industry and achieving its economic diversification goals.

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports─ the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate─ informs it has received the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (IPSO) certifications for its marine pilotage service. Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services has received the plaudits for the pilots working at Khalifa Port― the first semi-automated port in the region, and Zayed Port― a premier regional hub for cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo. These…

Day of the Seafarer Celebrated in Abu Dhabi

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports informs it celebrated the global ‘Day of the Seafarer’ with as many as 1,000 seafarers. The day is observed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on June 25 each year to raise awareness of the vital role played by seafarers. Gifts were distributed by Abu Dhabi Ports employees to mark the day. The gift parcels, which contained commemorative items, were hand-wrapped by Abu Dhabi Ports employees and distributed at all ports. With a focus on building human capital, Abu Dhabi Ports said it has developed several avenues to further maritime education.

Deep-water Ports Give Region Competitive Edge

Senior executives from the region’s largest ports and shipping organisations, including ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) and DP World, took to the stage today (Tuesday 29 March) at the World Ports and Trade Summit. Tony Douglas, CEO, ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company), joined Dirk Van Den Bosch, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World and Peter Ford, CEO, Port of Salalah, Oman in discussing the future challenges and opportunities for the Middle East ports and trade sector. The consensus was that customer service…

New Cruise Terminal Design for Abu Dhabi

Photo courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company

The concept design of Abu Dhabi’s planned permanent cruise passenger terminal is to be unveiled later this month at European cruise event, Seatrade Med 2014, from September 16-18 in Barcelona. The model is being showcased by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) following an international design competition and extensive industry stakeholder input. An important element of the competition was the commitment to hire two leading Emirati architectural graduates, to join the project team for the development of the architectural design.

Abu Dhabi Port 2015 Box Traffic Up Sharply

Container volumes rose by 32 percent at Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port in 2015 buoyed by industrial and infrastructure development in the emirate, operator Abu Dhabi Ports said on Wednesday. Built on a man-made island, Khalifa Port handled 1.50 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers), up from 1.13 million a year earlier, it said in a statement. Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is investing billions in industry, infrastructure and tourism as it diversifies its economy away from oil. "Imports and exports due to the huge infrastructure and industrial projects contributed to the growth in container volumes," said Mohamed Juma al Shamisi, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports. Improved shipyard and terminal facilities and services also helped, he said.

New Ship Repair Yard for Zayed Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long term contract that when fully realized will see a fully operational ship repair facility that will also include a floating dock capability within Zayed Port. The agreement was signed at Abu Dhabi Ports Head Office at Zayed Port by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports and Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of ADSB, along with a senior delegation representing both parties. Dr.

Training Program to Boost Abu Dhabi Port Security

Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports informs it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones to establish a joint-training program that will aim to help improve border security and increase ports and ports systems protection across the Emirate. The agreement also looks to potentially engage in other areas of cooperation to further develop capabilities and improve organizational efficiencies. The MoU signed recently by Jassem Mohammad Al Zaabi…

Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Plans Commercial Yard

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Co, may set up a new shipyard for commercial vessels to tap demand from the region’s booming offshore oil and gas industry, an official said. The Abu Dhabi-quoted firm, also known as ADSB, will decide next year whether to set up a separate commercial shipyard based in the Taweelah Port & Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi. Arabain Gulf countries that produce almost a quarter of the world’s oil are boosting investment in offshore production driving up demand for rigs and service vessels in the region. The shipbuilder is hoping to capitalize on a booming offshore industry in Abu Dhabi, owner of the world’s second-largest offshore oil field in the Gulf. (Source: http://www.gulf-times.com)

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Launches UAE Navy Corvette

‘Mezyad’ is the fourth vessel of Baynunah Corvette Class Program for UAE Navy.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building launches ‘Mezyad’ as fourth vessel of Baynunah Corvette Class Program for the UAE Navy. Abu Dhabi Ship Building completes expansion of facility to accommodate more vessels for fit outs, tests and trials. Abu Dhabi Ship Building, the leading shipbuilder and naval support services provider in the Gulf region and a strategic affiliate of Mubadala, has today (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) launched “Mezyad”, the fourth vessel of the Baynunah Corvette Class Program for the UAE Navy and the third vessel under the Baynunah fleet constructed by Abu Dhabi Ship Building.

Bahrain CG Boats Arrive at Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding

The first four Bahraini Coast Guard boats arrive at Abu Dhabi Ship Building. Four Bahrain Coast Guard boats arrived at the Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) shipyard in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, to undergo a major refit and upgrade program. These are the first four boats out of a total of ten boats that will be refitted and upgraded under a contract signed with the Bahrain Government in late 2007. The contract provides for the complete refurbishment of the vessels including new propulsion and auxiliary machinery, accommodation facilities and navigation equipment.

Khalifa Port Receives New STS Cranes

Crane arrival Khalifa Port: Photo courtesy of ADT

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the manager and operator of Khalifa port container terminal informs that the terminal has received a new batch of 3 of the world’s largest and most modern ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes. The Super Post Panamax quay cranes were produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. in China at a cost of US$28-million, and were transported by ship to Khalifa Port’s container terminal (claimed to be the first semi-automated container terminal in the region). Just one of these STS cranes is 126.5 meters high and weighs 1,932 tons.

ADP Deploys New Terminal Operating System at Zayed Port

Zayed Port. Photo by Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP), the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate, has successfully implemented Jade’s terminal operating system, Master Terminal, at Zayed Port. It went live with its new terminal operating software on July 1, at the Zayed Port, the first of seven ports scheduled to upgrade its legacy system to Jade Master Terminal – an important regional hub for general cargo and home to the emirate’s growing cruise industry, said a statement.

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National. Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region, is expected to welcome 112 cruise ship calls in the new season spanning from mid-September this year to mid- May 2016. The figure is 19 per cent higher than the 94 cruise ship calls in the 2014-2015 season. The ships will bring a total of 205…

Khalifa Port Container Volume Up 41pct

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014. With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate, is handling more cargo than ever before. Bolstered by rapid growth in polymer exports and transhipment activity across the Gulf, over 772,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units/containers) were handled in the first seven months of 2015…

Khalifa Port Ready for Growing RoRo Volumes

RoRo vessel at Khalifa Port (Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports informs it has enhanced moved all of Abu Dhabi’s roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) cargo to the new Khalifa Port RORO hub. In 2014, for the first time ever, Abu Dhabi handled more than 100,000 units in a single year, recording an all-time high of 106,071 units. The RoRo volumes grew by 18.8% compared to 2013. “Over recent years, Abu Dhabi’s RoRo business has increased significantly; today it forms an important element of the Emirate’s strategic vision to diversify the economy,” said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.

Abu Dhabi Ports Shift Far More Breakbulk Cargo

Breakbulk cargo handling: Photo ADPC

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ABPC) says that general cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year. ADPC’s commercial ports (Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports) have handled 6.4 million FT (freight tonnes) of general cargo, compared to 4.7 million FT in the first half of 2014, which is an increase of 1.74 million FT (freight tonnes) compared with the same period in 2013. “These figures show a strong first half of 2014 and indicate a promising six months ahead”, said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC.

Upgraded Al Mirfa Port Opened

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, officially inaugurated Al Mirfa Port in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, recently completed redevelopment work at Al Mirfa Port, upgrading its infrastructure and facilities.

Cosco wins Abu Dhabi Container Terminal Concession

Abu Dhabi Ports has awarded China's Cosco Shipping a 35-year concession to build and operate a new container terminal at Khalifa Port, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi company told Reuters on Wednesday. The terminal is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018, Mohamed Juma al-Shamisi said. It will have a capacity of 2.4 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), with an option to increase that to 3.5 million TEUs, Shamisi added. COSCO is expected to invest as much as $400 million on the project. Abu Dhabi Ports is an Abu Dhabi government-owned company that runs Khalifa Port and the Khalifa Industrial Zone.   Reporting by Stanley Carvalho and Maha El Dahan

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