EXCLUSIVE: Abu Dhabi Ports tenders terminal package

01 August 2017

Preparatory work for new terminal is under way

Abu Dhabi Ports expects to receive technical offers for the contract to build a second container terminal and additional quay wall at the Khalifa Port by 22 August.

The commercial offers are due around the second week of September.

Companies that are expected to submit a bid for the contract include:

Once completed, Terminal 2 is expected to add 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to the port’s existing container capacity.

The preparatory work for the terminal is currently being undertaken by Abu Dhabi-based National Marine Dredging Company.

It entails deepening the main channel and basin from 16.5 metres to 18 metres as well as the construction of 1,000 metres of quay wall. The work is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

The new container terminal will be operated over a period of 35 years by China’s Cosco Shipping Ports. The contract, signed in September last year, is renewable for five years.

Abu Dhabi Terminals will continue to operate the port’s Terminal 1.

Khalifa Port Container Terminal 1 (KPCT), key facts

Year inaugurated



Abu Dhabi Terminals

Container capacity (TEUs)

2.5 million


1.2-kilometre linear berths, with another 1.2km ready for use when required

Draft (metres)

18 metres (longside), 16.5 metres (channel)


4km offshore


9 x 22-rows outreach quay cranes; 42 automated stacking cranes; 33 x 1-over-1 shuttle carriers

TEU=20-foot equivalent unit. Source: Abu Dhabi Terminals


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