Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port sets its ‘art’ into motion

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By Tom Arnold  www.thenational.ae

Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi welcomed its first commercial container ship yesterday, the largest ever to dock in the emirate’s waters.

Khalifa Port is the first fully automated shipyard in the Middle East and North Africa. Razan Alzayani / The National
Khalifa Port is the first fully automated shipyard in the Middle East and North Africa. Razan Alzayani / The National

Dynamic Evergreen, a Taiwanese-owned 294-metre vessel, sailed into the new port at 8am. Giant cranes, the largest ship-to-shore cranes in the world, then unloaded the containers, crammed with everything from food to electrical spare parts.

The operation was a trial run ahead of the official opening of the port in Taweelah on September 1.

But staff at Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) were still excited.

“It’s industrial art,” said Tony Douglas, the chief executive of ADPC, as he stared out across the 2.7 square kilometre expanse of phase one of the development.

Five years ago the same stretch of land was submerged under the Arabian Gulf. Work began reclaiming the site and dredging to a depth of 18 metres in January 2008. More info

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