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Within two years of its inception, Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) has been ranked fifth in the Journal of Commerce’s 2013 Europe Middle East and Africa productivity list.
Located in Taweelah, it is part of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and was built to support logistics activities within the local and the wider world markets. It contains the first semi-automated container terminal in the region set within a radius of 5,000 kilometers, offering all companies within Kizad direct port access. The semi-automated process allows more container capacity with minimal congestion and faster turnaround times.
There are 20 container line services that connect Kizad with many points across the globe. KPCT will be the first port in the UAE with on-dock rail access when Etihad Rail becomes operational in 2017. It has been designed with a 16-meter draft and a 4.0-kilometer quay wall.
It also features the latest technology and serves the largest container ships currently afloat. The sophisticated software and wireless technology provides integrated movement of containers through the port. At present, it caters to an output capacity of 2.5 million TEU container traffic, with plans to reach up to 15 million TEU in a few years.
The port currently operates nine super post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes (which can reach across 22 container stacks on a ship), 42 automated stacking cranes and 28 straddle carriers. There are designated routes for trucks coming into and leaving Khalifa Port.
KPCT has been developed with an eco-friendly goal of protecting the unique Ras Ghanada coral reef. The port already holds multiple international certifications assuring cargo owners, shipping lines and companies that operate within Kizad the highest standards of quality, safety and security.
• Khalifa Port Container Terminal, part of Kizad, was built to support logistics activities
• It has a current capacity of 2.5 million TEU container traffic
• It will be the first UAE port to have access to the Etihad Rail
Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer