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CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal recieves record-breaking mega-vessels

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal at Khalifa Port has received two of the world’s largest mega-vessels within less than a month – cementing Abu Dhabi’s position as a global maritime hub.

The ships – MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR and PISCES – are the third and fourth main line vessels to pass through CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal since it started trial operations in 20th April, 2019. They follow the arrival of MV. CSCL Mercury, a Chinese container ship with a capacity of 14,000 TEU, and MV. CSCL Globe with a capacity of 19,000 TEU.

With a capacity of 21,000 TEU, SOLAR, which arrived on 25th May, is the largest ship ever to call at Khalifa Port. The PISCES, which called on 5th May, held the same accolade for just under three weeks with its capacity of 20,000 TEU.

The arrival of the ships, which started their journeys from Qingdao in China, highlights Abu Dhabi’s position as a major trade hub along China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is built and operated by China’s COSCO SHIPPING Ports, CSP, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The arrival of both the MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR and PISCES is a milestone moment for Abu Dhabi Ports and its partner, CSP. Not only does it demonstrate our growth as a hub port in the region, but also our position as the heart of COSCO’s network in the Middle East.”

Abu Dhabi Ports is the operator and manager of the emirate’s commercial and community ports, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, KIZAD. The CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, which was inaugurated in December, connects Khalifa Port to CSP’s global terminal portfolio covering 285 berths at 37 ports worldwide.

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is the result of a 35-year agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and COSCO SHIPPING Ports and forms part of a five-year strategy by Abu Dhabi Ports aimed at strengthening the maritime sector in the emirate and driving economic diversification.

The strategy, which is in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, aims to increase regional trade and attract foreign direct investment. Abu Dhabi Ports has earmarked AED10 billion in investment that will increase capacity at Khalifa Port from the current 5 million TEU to 9.1 million TEU, which also includes boosting capacity at Terminal 1 to more than 5 million TEU.

Source: WAM

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