SHANGHAI ZHENHUA HEAVY INDUSTRY CO. DELIVERS 5 NEW SHIP-TO-SHORE CRANES TO ABU DHABI TERMINALS
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the management Company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), has taken delivery of its latest batch of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZMPC) in China. This milestone follows the recent arrival of a batch of automated stacking cranes which are also part of the expansion project, taking the total number of cranes at the terminal to 22.
The five new cranes each with a 73-metre reach, 52-metre height and a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes are integral to ambitious plans that aim to increase capacity at KPCT to 5 million TEU (twenty foot-equivalent units) by the end of 2020.
The STS cranes are among the largest in the world and will play a key role in ADT’S technologically advanced operational ecosystem at
Khalifa Port, the flagship semi-automated deepwater port owned by Abu Dhabi Ports Group.
Ahmad Al Mutawa, CEO, Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “The purchase and delivery of these cranes demonstrates how continuous investment in our infrastructure and technology, helps us exceed customer expectations by constantly delivering the most efficient operational performance. Our current expansion project of Khalifa Port Container Terminal sets a new benchmark for container terminal expansion in the region, and ensures that ADT can continue to deliver world class levels of operational performance to our partners, customers and shareholders well into the future.”
The final phase of the ADT expansion will see the terminal linked to the Etihad Rail network providing direct rail connections across the UAE and regionally. The 1.6billion expansion is part of AED 4 billion development projects underway at Khalifa Port including an AED 2.2 billion development of its South Quay and Khalifa Port Logistics which will expand overall capacity and boost container capacity to 9 million TEUS over the next 5 years.