EXCLUSIVE: Abu Dhabi selects firm for Fujairah port contract

08 July 2018
Development of Fujairah Port is crucial to Abu Dhabi Ports’ growth strategy

Abu Dhabi Ports has selected Belgium's Besix for the contract to expand the container terminal at the Port of Fujairah, according to sources familiar with the scheme.

Abu Dhabi Ports received technical bids for the contract on 20 March.

The scope of works entails deepening the berth to 16.5 metres, building a one kilometre quay and constructing a 300,000 square-metre storage yard.

Last year, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah to take over the operations and management of the container terminal from Dubai-based DP World.

In December last year, Abu Dhabi Ports awarded local firm MUC Engineering the consultancy contract for determining the next steps to upgrade the container terminal at the port.

The consultancy contract  will involve assessing the business case for upgrading the terminal’s superstructures, including the installation of gantry cranes and yard equipment.

Operating and expanding the container terminal, which is situated outside the Strait of Hormuz, is a key component of Abu Dhabi Ports’ future growth strategy.

Abu Dhabi Ports recently became the sole shareholder in Abu Dhabi Terminals, the firm that operates the container terminal at Khalifa Port, following Mubadala’s decision to divest its shares in the company.

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