(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi Ports Company's (ADPC) chairman, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, stated that the firm inked a 30-year concession with Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) to run and operate the first Khalifa Port container terminal, reported Arabian Business.
Al Jaber said that the port's deep-sea berths, hulking ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and automated technology are already attracting the key shipping lines.
At the current time, the port operates 6 of the world's largest STS cranes, however, it will have the capacity to handle 2.5 million containers a year by 2014, after taking delivery of another 3 STS cranes and 12 stacking cranes.
After ending phase one of the project, the capacity of the existing port island can be increased to 5 million containers a year.
ADT's CEO, Martijn Van de Linde, said that ADT helped plan the terminal and designed its operation methodology.
Furthermore, the company managed the strategic redirection of container traffic from Mina Zayed in the city center to Khalifa Port.