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Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Port Information

Khalifa Port is Abu Dhabi’s main container port and logists gateway. Inaugurated on December 12, 2012 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the USE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the Port Khalifa is the most technologically efficient, modern port in the region. In 2016, it was recognized as the world’s second fastest growing port.

The Abu Dhabi Khalifa Port is owned by Abu Dhabi Ports and managed/operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT). Its strategic position between Abu Dhabi and Dubai makes it easily accessible to a dedicated highway. It is also connected with four international airport hubs in the country making mobility easier. 

Listed below are some informational facts about the Khalifa Port Abu Dhabi:

  • 20 shipping lanes
  • 52 automated stacking cranes
  • 60 direct global links
  • 35 crane moves per hour
  • 4 KM Quay wall
  • 33 straddle carriers
  • Pilotage is mandatory

The Port Khalifa UAE handles general cargo and Abu Dhabi’s container traffic, with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo. The Khalifa Port’s container yard contains nine of the world’s largest ship to shore quay cranes. It is first of its kind container port to have on-port rail accessed, especially after the Etihad rail becomes operational. The port is also equipped with 42 automated stacking cranes and 23 shuttle carriers. 

The on-shore port area is well-connected with Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) extending a variety of facilities for the smooth processing of import and export services. Some of the facilities extended to the container traffic include customer, security services, freight as well as immigration.

The Khalifa Port Abu Dhabi serves as a supply chain partner to the regional industry, with highly advanced port services inclusive of 700 Metric tonnes capacity for polymers packing and 2.5 mln sq. feet space of warehousing.

The port island supports harbor of dry and liquid bulk, general cargo, Ro/Ro, containers, project cargo and reefers. It is the first semi-automated container terminal stretching the span of about 2.7 square kilometers, situated 5 kilometers offshore.

The Khalifa port Abu Dhabi does not pose any restrictions to the length of the vessels that dock in its terminal. The vessels that dock at the port are given 24 hours of berthing period. Berths allotted as the port are 5 meters high. There are specific restrictions to the maximum speed when entering the channel and port. The vessels are expected to maintain the maximum speed of 11 knots in the channel and 5-6 knots in the port. All the personnel including stevedores and visitors are given a clearly identifying passes within the premises of the terminal. It is a must for all visitors to in the terminal to carry ID cards for issuance of passes.

Port Khalifa UAE Expansion Plans

In 2016, a concession agreement was signed with Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd. As per the agreement, a new container terminal at Khalifa Port would be built with an initial annual capacity of 2.4 million TEUs. It is most likely to commence operations in 2018. When all the development phases are completed, the annual handling capacity will rise to 3.5 million TEUs, increasing the overall annual capacity to up to 6 million TEUs in both container terminals.