MSC signs 30-year concession with Abu Dhabi Ports for new Khalifa Port container terminal

MSC concession signing His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, witnessed the signings. Credit: Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company to establish a new container terminal at Khalifa Port, UAE.

MSC plans to gradually shift some of its container handling in the region to Khalifa Port, starting July 2018. This is expected to increase Khalifa Port’s capacity from 2.5m teus in 2017 to 5.3m teus by 2020 and 8.5m teus by 2023. MSC will invest a total of AED4bn over the life of concession agreement in operational equipment. TiL will co-invest with Abu Dhabi Ports to further develop the port.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “These agreements cement the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trading, shipping and logistics hub. This agreement will also promote economic growth and increased investment through the rise in container traffic.”

Developments include an increase in the current 12 ship-to-shore cranes to make a total of 25 of some of the most technologically advanced cranes in the world, over the next two years. Berths will additionally be deepened, making Khalifa Port the first port in the region capable of receiving the largest shipping vessels in the world that specialise in bulk cargo shipment.

Switzerland-headquartered MSC has two offices and eight ports of call in UAE. Other shipping companies operating in UAE include Gulf Agency Company (GAC), Maerk and Topaz Energy and Marine Ltd (TEAM).

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