x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Musaffah Port reopens for business

Abu Dhabi Terminals has reopened Musaffah Port after refocusing its business strategy and plans to create a new channel for shipping.

Musaffah Port has reopened for business after a number of improvements including the imminent completion of a new Dh1.5 billion (US$408.4 million) channel linking the industrial area to shipping traffic.

The port operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals, said the reopening follows a "refreshment phase" in which the company refocused its strategy for the port, which caters to project cargo for firms including oil and gas equipment, steel and aluminium fabricators, and other tenants of the industrial zone.

The first cargo following the re-opening arrived on Monday by barge from Abu Dhabi's primary port, Mina Zayed. An official event celebrating the revamped port is expected in the new year.

"Abu Dhabi Terminals resumed operations at Musaffah Port," the company said in a statement, and called the facility "strategically located in the heart of Abu Dhabi's industrial area is ideally suited to industrial and project cargo operations."

National Marine Dredging Corporation, based in Abu Dhabi, iss the main contractor for the new channel, measuring 63km long, 200m wide and with a 9-metre-draught, which will open soon.