EGA imports bauxite ore from Guinea to supply Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and by using Capesize vessels, it reduces shipping costs per tonne.
Abu Dhabi Ports has modified the approaches to Khalifa Port to welcome Capesize vessels heading for EGA, making it the first port in the Gulf with the ability to accommodate these fully-loaded ships. The approaches have deepened from 16.5 metres to 18.5 metres draft and widened from 250 metres to 280 metres.
The improved capability of Khalifa Port allows for new trade opportunities, supporting local industries and advancing Abu Dhabi as a regional maritime hub. What is more, last month, the world’s largest container ship MV Solar berthed at Khalifa Port for the first time.
Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, commented on the occasion:
The arrival of Cape Taweelah is a landmark moment for EGA, but these huge ships will become a familiar sight at Khalifa Port over the years ahead. We are glad Abu Dhabi Ports addressed our need to bring Capesize vessels to our quay and decided to further develop the capabilities of Khalifa Port, also benefitting trade in Abu Dhabi and the UAE more broadly
Khalifa Port is located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is one of the most technologically advanced ports in the world, serving 25 shipping lines. KIZAD, one the region’s largest industrial zones, and a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, covers 410 square kilometres adjacent to Khalifa Port.