Khalifa Port The deepwater flagship port
Khalifa Port, together with Kizad, forms one of the biggest port projects in the world. It is poised to transform Abu Dhabi into one of the leading port hubs in the Gulf region.
The new state-of-the-art Khalifa Port is part of Abu Dhabi Ports mega-project which, together with the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), represents the largest infrastructure project built in the UAE, and one of the biggest such developments in the world.
Opened for commercial traffic in 2012, Khalifa Port is one of the largest ports in the Gulf region, covering over nine square kilometres, including the port island where the container terminal, the terminal operations building and warehouses are located.
The port island is connected to the mainland by two road bridges, 1.6 kilometres and one kilometre long, the longest and third longest in the UAE respectively. Khalifa Port is the first semiautomated container port in the Gulf region.
Designed to handle the next generation of ultra-large container ships, it is equipped with nine Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC), 20 Terex-Noell straddle carriers, and 42 automated stacking cranes built by Konecranes which also supplied the terminal operating system.
The port also benefits from the latest generation software and wireless technologies to manage the integrated movement of all containers through the port.
The port uses a SPARCS N4 system supplied by Navis for management and optimisation of the vessel, yard and gate operations at the container terminal. With phase one of the development now completed, Khalifa Port’s capacity is 2.5 million TEU containers and twelve million tonnes of general cargo a year.
As demand grows, the port will expand in phases to handle up to 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo a year when all phases are completed. Khalifa Port will also be the first port in the UAE to be linked to the new Etihad Rail network, which is currently under construction.
In the very first year of operations at Khalifa Port’s container terminal, there have been some notable achievements and milestones, including working 1.9 million continual man-hours without any lost time incident (LTI); more than 1,500 truck movements a day within the port; a 15-minute truck turnaround time; and 33 crane movements per hour – a very high productivity rate.
Thanks to its ability to accommodate the world’s largest container vessels, the Khalifa Port container terminal has enabled Abu Dhabi to become firmly established as an international shipping hub.
More than 20 shipping lines already call at the new port on a weekly basis, offering direct connections between Abu Dhabi and more than 50 international destinations throughout the world.
This global reach is extended through transshipment at the world’s main hubs, such as Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas on the Straits of Malacca; Hong Kong and Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta; Port Said north of the Suez Canal; and Algeciras and Tangiers on the Straits of Gibraltar.
Since 2015 Khalifa Port has handled Abu Dhabi’s rapidly growing RORO traffic, which was transferred from Zayed Port to Abu Dhabi Ports flagship port in 2014. The RORO import and export activities serve Abu Dhabi and the UAE, but the extended space and capacity at Khalifa Port is attracting more RORO trans-shipment for the wider Gulf region, facilitating a more competitive and therefore customer-friendly market.