Cosco has taken delivery of new cargo handling equipment as it gears up for the official opening of its new automated terminal.
Four new ship-to-shore quay cranes and ten automated stacking cranes arrived at the Port of Khalifa in Abu Dhabi on 30 September. Shipped from Shanghai by ZPMC, the ASCs have lifting capacity of 41 tons and will be deployed at Cosco Shipping’s Abu Dhabi Terminal, which is due to begin operations by the end of this year.
Cosco signed a 35 year concession with Abu Dhabi Ports to develop and operate the terminal in September 2016 and construction work on the project began in November 2017. This crane delivery is the first part of a larger order for 11 STS cranes 24 ASCs, which will be integrated with the CATOS TOS from TSB.
The terminal will have 1,200m of quay and yard when it opens but this could be increased at a later date. Cosco is investing US$700M in providing annual handling capacity of 2.4M TEU and has an option to increase this by 1.1M TEU/year.
Apart from the terminal, the concession incorporates a container freight station (CFS), which will offer LCL/FCL consolidation and de-consolidation services, cross stuffing, cargo weight reduction and short-term warehousing for de-consolidated cargo. The CFS is expected to be the biggest in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports says that growing investment in the port has boosted demand for services at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
The CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, said: “Cosco Shipping Port Ltd chose Khalifa Port as the hub for its operations in the Middle East, benefiting from its...infrastructure and strategic location. We look forward to officially launching the terminal.”