Ad Ports Group to expand Khalifa Port

23 August 2023

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AD Ports Group has announced it will further expand Khalifa Port, in Abu Dhabi, to include drydock services. With this expansion, Khalifa Port will further expand its range of port and marine logistics services, from container and cargo handling to vessel repairs and maintenance, to better serve existing clients and attract new ones. The addition of drydock services will enable Khalifa Port to meet the growing demand for these services from regional and international clients.

“The addition of drydock services is a strategic move aimed at driving growth and enhancing the company’s competitive position in the market. AD Ports Group’s extensive experience in the port and marine logistics industry, combined with its commitment to innovation and excellence, make it well-positioned to succeed in this new venture,” said captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, MD and group CEO, AD Ports Group.

“We are excited to be expanding our service offering to include drydocks. This expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to provide our clients with the best possible services and solutions to meet their evolving needs, while further enhancing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading hub for global trade in line with our wise leadership vision.”

The announcement comes following the official inauguration by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, of Khalifa Port’s expansion last December, as part of a celebration recognising the achievements of AD Ports Group on the tenth anniversary of Khalifa Port, and the 50th anniversary of Zayed Port.

As part of the expansion – which included the development of the port’s South Quay, Khalifa Port Logistics, and Abu Dhabi Terminals – Khalifa Port has grown from 2.43km2 to 8.63km2, while its quay wall has been significantly extended from 2.3km to 12.5km. It now provides 21 berths and offers bespoke services for strategic industries, positioning it among the global elite of deepwater ports. The expansion scheme is set to make a major contribution to AD Port Group’s goal of increasing handling capacity at Khalifa Port by 2030 to 15 million TEUs per year, and general cargo handling capacity to 25 million tons.

Khalifa Port’s expansion into drydocks is just the latest in a series of strategic moves the group has made to position itself for long-term success.