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  • 2018 December 11 13:02

    COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurate CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal

    COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a leading port operator in the world, held  the inauguration ceremony for the CSP Abu Dhabi Termina with Abu Dhabi Ports  during a high- level event at the  Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Ports said in a press release. The Terminal  was formally inaugurated at a ceremony at Khalifa Port. 

    CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is the first international green -field subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Ports;  water depth of the semi -automat ic terminal is 16 .5 metres  which allow it to accommodate mega - vessels typically in excess of 20 ,000 TEU. With an annual design capacity of 2.5  million  TEU, the terminal will begin trial operations in April 2019 with 1.5 million TEU handling capacity, and will  gradually ramping up the volume until the official operations scheduled to commence  in the third  quarter of 2019.  Total capex made by CSP in the terminal  was US$300 million, which includes  the largest Container Freight Station (CFS) in the Middle East covering 275,000 square meters.

    This state -of-the -art facility is the first of its kind in the region to be semi -automated with facilities for full and partial bonded container shipments, the full range of container packing services, short -term warehousing for  deconsolidated cargo as well as easy connectivity with container terminals in Khalifa Port. 

    China is the UAE's largest non -oil trade partner. In 2017, bilateral trade between the two countries increased by 15 per cent to more than US $5 3 billion, representing 14.7  per cent of the UAE's total  foreign trade.  During the same period the UAE accounted for nearly 30 per cent of total Chinese  exports to Arab countries and about 22 per cent of total Arab- China trade. Bilateral trade is  expected to increase to US$70 billion a year by 2020.  The new terminal will also ease the way for companies seeking to establish, expand or enhance  their trade by using local manufacturing, warehousing or logistics operations within Abu Dhabi and,  through them, service regional, Middle Eastern, African and international markets. 

    In addition to  attracting investors from Eastern Asia, it will increase Khalifa Port’s competitiveness and act as a catalyst for investment by foreign companies to set up in the free zone of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), the region's largest industrial, manufacturing and logistics hub and free zone.  KIZAD, which comprises 410 square kilometres, has to date attracted more than 200 tenants and  AED 65 billion (US$17.7 billion) in investment. So far, a total of 19 Chinese companies have signed  lease agreements for land in the demonstration zone established within the Khalifa Port Free Trade  Zone in August 2017 by the Chinese Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment  Company (JOCIC). CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is part of Abu Dhabi Ports ’ five -year  growth  strategy to increase Khalifa  Port,  with its  two container terminals,  to  a  combined  total capacity of 9.1 million TEUs.  The  addition of CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal has  already  moved  Khalifa Port up from being the 89th largest  container port in world rankings to within the top 25.

    About COSCO SHIPPING Ports

    COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited is a leading ports operator in the world; its  terminal portfolio covers the five main port regions in Mainland China, Southeast  Asia, Europe, the  Mediterranean and the Black Sea. As at 30 September 2018, CSP operated and managed 282  berths at 36 ports worldwide, of which 192 were for containers, with a combined annual handling  capacity of 104 million TEU. In terms of its total throughput in 2016 and 2017, CSP ranked no.1 in  the world by Drewry Maritime Research.

    COSCO SHIPPING Ports has adopted "The Ports for ALL" as its mission and is working towards  building a global terminal network with controlling stake that offers linkage effects on costs,  services and synergies, a synergistic platform that offers mutual ben efits to all in the shipping  industry, connecting global routes and becoming truly "the ports for all people".  The controlling shareholder of COSCO SHIPPING Ports is COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. and its  ultimate parent company, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited is the largest integrated  shipping enterprise in the world.

    About Abu Dhabi Ports

    Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, is the operator and manager of commercial and community  ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and  logistics hub,  Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) , in which  Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle  East region. Inaugurated on Dec 12, 2012 by President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al  Nahyan,  Khalifa Port  is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi - automated container port in the region. 

    Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiaries include  Abu Dhabi Marine Services “SAFEEN” , providing a  comprehensive range of marine, navigational and ancillary quayside services as well as VTS  Services and fleet maintenance in a safe, secure and efficient manner;  Maqta Gateway,  which  operates an innovative port community system, facilitating online information flow between all the  port stakeholders and customers; and  Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the first permanent cruise  terminal in the region. To meet the increasing demand of cruise liners and passengers,  Sir Bani Yas  Cruise Beach  was developed, offerings cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with  unmatched tourism experiences. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Ports also manages the  Maritime  Training Centre  at Musaffah Port.

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