AD Ports to boost emirate’s maritime infrastructure with ferries and terminals

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Digital rendering of the new Marina and Ferry Station in Saadiyat, which will be completed by Q4 2022.

Working closely with the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi Maritime, operating under the AD Ports Group umbrella, has announced the inauguration of several new marina and ferry terminal developments in the capital of the Emirates United Arabs.

Scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022, the recently announced development projects include a mix of marina facilities and ferry terminals to be developed in Rabdan, Al Saadiyat Island and the Al Aliah Island. In addition, an additional marina and ferry terminal project will be developed at Jebel Dhanna, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.

The modern and artistically designed facilities will offer a range of new services and capabilities, including additional wet and dry berths, wider slipways capable of simultaneously launching and recovering vessels, improved mooring facilities and a suite of new dining and retail spaces. The new projects are expected to improve the emirate’s maritime infrastructure and increase the number of marina berths by 246.

Abu Dhabi Maritime also announced plans to bolster the existing ferry service with five additional new state-of-the-art vessels.

Improving maritime transport services to Al Aliah and Dalma Islands, the new vessels are expected to increase the fleet’s passenger carrying capacity by almost 70% and its vehicle carrying capacity by 40%. Through their advanced designs and the application of modern technological solutions, the ships will improve safety, reduce overall transit times, improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions by 25% and provide a more exciting travel experience. .

HE Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Chairman of AD Ports Group, said: “In line with the Abu Dhabi Maritime Plan, our management is implementing an ambitious vision and a unified strategic direction to sustainably develop the commercial and recreational offer of our emirate. , and position Abu Dhabi. as the world’s leading maritime capital. We support the leaders’ vision by investing in emerging technologies and world-class infrastructure to transform commerce and redefine the future of maritime trade and logistics to connect Abu Dhabi to the world.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and CEO of AD Ports Group, said: “As a global enabler of trade, logistics and industry, AD Ports Group is well placed to lead the development of infrastructure state-of-the-art maritime facilities within our emirate.

“I am pleased that our government has entrusted our group with the development of these important projects and, given its close relationship with our maritime community, has entrusted Abu Dhabi Maritime with their operation.

“Once completed, these landmark developments will undoubtedly enhance Abu Dhabi’s unique maritime offering for those who come to enjoy our islands, waterways and coasts, and for those who call them home.”

Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime, said: “The development of the terminals demonstrates our commitment to continue to advance our maritime assets and facilities, to improve the experience of residents and visitors, as well as to promote Abu Dhabi. as the world’s leading commercial and maritime center.

“With Abu Dhabi Maritime recently assuming responsibility for the operation of our emirate’s ferry services, our user base can be assured that the new multi-purpose vessels will play an important role in boosting the development of Al Aliah and Dalma Islands in carrying more vehicles and passengers, and welcoming heavy trucks for the first time in the service’s history.

Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, Acting Director General of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, said: “As part of its strategy to develop advanced infrastructure for maritime transport, the Department is working hard to increase the number of platforms -forms and marine terminals in Abu Dhabi. . This next phase is key to making Abu Dhabi one of the world’s leading shipping and tourism destinations by ensuring the sustainability of operations and services.

In early 2022, Abu Dhabi Maritime took over the ferry operations arm of the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) to become the main operator of all ferry services on Abu Dhabi’s waterways.

Overseeing the day-to-day operation of Abu Dhabi’s ferry lines, which include the Dalma Island Water Transport Service and the Al Aliah Island Public Water Transport Service, Abu Dhabi Maritime has dedicated to improving ferry operations with the addition of new infrastructure, the acquisition of new fleet assets, and the digitization of all ferry services.

Abu Dhabi Maritime was established in 2020 as the primary steward of Abu Dhabi’s waterways and marine ecosystems. Operating under AD Ports Group, with guidance from the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Abu Dhabi Maritime governs and regulates Abu Dhabi’s maritime sector by providing world-class maritime infrastructure, while ensuring that the emirate implements the highest health, safety and environmental standards. , and quality.

Established in 2006, AD Ports Group is today the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry and trade, as well as a bridge connecting Abu Dhabi to the world. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.

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