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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.

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