Fujairah Terminals, a newly established facility managed by Abu Dhabi Ports, has handled its first vessel.
The first call was made by the Dubai Alliance, a container feeder ship run by Star Feeders, a specialist short-sea carrier which operates a network between UAE ports.
In June 2017, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with Fujairah Port for exclusive rights to develop port infrastructure and undertake operations for containers, general cargo, ro-ro and cruise ships at the newly established Fujairah Terminals.
Further terms of the agreement include enhancing the port’s ability to cater to larger vessels through the deepening of berths and building almost 300,000 sq m of storage space, as well as a 1 km quay.
Abu Dhabi Ports will also invest in new and advanced technological equipment to increase operational efficiencies and services.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi,CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: ” The investment in port infrastructure will go a long way to strengthening development and operation of ports and terminals across the UAE.”
This could help to bring a “marked increase in vessel calls,” he added.
Fujairah Terminals general manager, Naser AlBusaeedi, stated: “Using our experience and best practices gained from managing and running major ports like Zayed and Khalifa Ports, we intend to bring these valuable learnings to Fujairah Terminals.”