Khalifa Port, the flagship state of the art gateway to Abu Dhabi, was officially inaugurated on December 12, 2012. It is now handling all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic following the 100% TEU traffic transition from Mina Zayed in late 2012. Khalifa Port has the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, the only one for 5000 kilometres. With the commencement of commercial operations at Khalifa Port’s unique semi-automated container terminal, on September 1st, 2012, Abu Dhabi has seen record cargo traffic. Designed with a 16 metres draft and a four kilometres quay wall, Khalifa Port features the latest technology and is capable of accommodating the largest container ships.
Through phased development the port is designed to grow to a capacity of 15 million TEU’s container traffic and 35 million tons of general cargo by 2030. The offshore Port has been constructed on a reclaimed Port Island with an offshore area extending over 2.7 square kilometres and the Container Terminal situated more than four kilometres out to sea. This is to help protect the Ras Ghanada coral reef, adjacent to the onshore port areas. ADPC spent AED 880 Million (USD 240 million) building the 8 kilometre-long nEnvironmental Protection Breakwater that helps protect the marine life and coral reef.