Just days after one Hutchison terminal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened, it was announced that Hutchison had been awarded a concession to operate another terminal in the country.
The Hong-Kong based company will operate the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), in the north of the UAE.
The port is a key entry-exit point for container, general, ro-ro and bulk cargo. It is situated midway between Dubai and Ras Al-Khaimah.
Hutchison’s managing director for the Middle-East and Africa Andy Tsoi said: “The UAE economy is growing strongly and there is great demand for terminal facilities in the northern part of the Emirates.
“Our target is to improve the service level of the port to facilitate the emirate’s import and export trade. We look forward to contributing to the growth of the local economy.”
Sultan Saeed Al Ali, executive director of UAQ Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation said: “The port in Umm Al Quwain has a long, rich history. With the presence of Hutchison Ports, we expect the terminal to be better positioned to serve the local community.
“This will help support our existing businesses while also helping to attract future investment into the emirate.”
Hutchison Ports UAQ is a four-berth facility with an 845 m long quay and a 23 ha yard.