Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has awarded a AED2.5m ($680,642) consultancy contract to US firm Parsons covering the expansion of Delma Port in Al-Gharbia (formerly the Western Region).

The port development will include the construction of a 300-metre concrete wharf designed for heavy loads and new floating pontoons to create a marina for more than 280 boats.

The planned upgrades to the port will support local fisherman, ferry services and improve facilities for water sports.

Delma Port is 40 kilometres off the coast of Al-Gharbia and is used for general cargo and the rising number of tourists visiting the island. The project forms part of wider plans to attract investment into western Abu Dhabi, which includes the upgrading of the region’s ports.  

In mid-August, ADPC awarded a AED17m ($4.6m) contract to UAE-based firm Majestic Marine Engineering to upgrade the facilities at Mirfa port, also in Al-Gharbia.
In January, an AED7.5m ($2m) contract for the redevelopment of Mugharrag Port was awarded to Athena Emirates, the UAE-based arm of Greek construction firm Athena.