Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has signed two contracts worth $18m for tug boats and pilot boats for the first phase of the new Khalifa Port.

Under the first contract, the Sharjah-based Riviera Boat Industrial Investment will build one pilot boat. The second contract is with Dubai-based Grandweld, which will build two tug boats.

The three vessels will operate at Khalifa Port when the first phase opens in the fourth quarter of 2012. The port will form an integral part of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), that is under development at Taweelah.

On 28 March, ADPC announced that Abu Dhabi Terminals will operate the port (MEED 28:3:11).

At 417 square kilometres, Kizad will be the largest industrial zone in the region when it is complete. The first phase is scheduled to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2012, at the same time that the first phase of Khalifa Port will be finished. The total cost of the first phase of both developments is $7.2bn.