Abu Dhabi Ports-owned Fujairah Terminals gets first vessel call
Dubai Alliance is the first ship to arrive at the terminal, which is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports
The newly-established Fujairah Terminals, under the management of Abu Dhabi Ports, last week received its first container feeder vessel, the Dubai Alliance.
This is the first ship to arrive at the terminal, which is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), following the signing of a concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah in June this year.
Following the signing of the 35-year concession agreement with the Fujairah Port, that granted Abu Dhabi Ports exclusive rights to develop port infrastructure and undertake operations for containers, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships, Fujairah Terminals was established and took over management of the terminals from Fujairah Port Authority from August 1.
"We are marking the beginning of a new era for both Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah under the new management of Fujairah Terminals,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports commented on the occasion.
“The investment in port infrastructure will go a long way to strengthening development and operation of ports and terminals across the UAE and its contribution to the growth of a diversified, knowledge-based economy highlighting Fujairah’s strategic role in the UAE’s maritime and trade growth, bringing about a marked increase in vessel calls, such as the Dubai Alliance and many more to come,” he said.
Dubai Alliance is a vessel under Star Feeders LLC, a specialist short-sea common carrier container feeder service that operates a feeder network between UAE ports.
The ship called at Fujairah Terminals to deliver a container for local industries and to receive containers for onward shipments.
Under the agreement with the Port of Fujairah, Abu Dhabi Ports is granted the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure in addition to managing all container, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships at the Port. In addition, the company will retain the exclusive management of Container Business throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business.
Further terms of the agreement include enhancing the Ports’ ability to cater to larger vessels through the deepening of berths and building almost 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as a 1km quay.
Abu Dhabi Ports will also invest in new and advanced technological equipment to increase operational efficiencies and services.
Fujairah Terminals is expected to play a complementary role in maritime shipping activities at Khalifa Port and Zayed Port.