DUBAI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Abu Dhabi Ports announced on Sunday the delivery of the first shipments of Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Crane (ARMG) and ship-to-shore quay cranes (STS) to Khalifa Port.
Shipped from Shanghai, the ten state-of-the-art ARMG Cranes and four STS Cranes are the initial batches of equipment to be installed at COSCO Shipping Abu Dhabi Terminal, United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported.
The second container terminal is under construction at Khalifa Port due for completion at the end of this year in Abu Dhabi, the capital and biggest sheikhdom of the UAE.
With remote control monitoring, the cranes will have the capacity to swiftly transfer shipments, further boosting the capacity of Khalifa Port.
The cranes will have the lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and will be fully integrated with Khalifa Port's terminal operating system, making it the first semi-automated port in the region.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said the ongoing investment into the port has been a leading factor in the rising demand for services at the integrated logistics hub at the Khalifa Industrial Zone, a combined port and industrial zone in the northeast of Abu Dhabi.
Ju Weiping, managing director of COSCO Shipping Abu Dhabi Terminal, said "Khalifa Port is one of the fastest growing ports in the region and our partnership will further enhance the state-of-the-art terminals services provided to customers."
"We look forward to kicking off operation at the second container terminal at Khalifa Port to continue to meet the growing global demand from our customers for logistical and operational services," Ju added.
In Sept. 2016, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year Concession Agreement with COSCO Shipping Ports Limited.
The agreement gives Cosco Shipping Ports Limited a concession to develop and operate container operation services at Khalifa Port Container Terminal.