Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has announced today an investment of AED20m to carry out essential maintenance work at Zayed Port and its neighbouring Freeports, to repair the quayside wall enhancing the ports’ facilities and services.
The city center Zayed Port which was established in 1968 and inaugurated in 1972 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has been the main gateway for trade in the emirate for many years. The port covers 535 hectares and contains 21 berths with depths ranging from 6 to 15 m and a total berth length of 4,375 m.
Zayed Port remains the gateway for general cargo vessels, roro and is emerging as a destination for international luxury cruiseship tourism, while the nearby Freeport and the new Freeport are used by smaller vessels, tugs, barges and service crafts that serve offshore oil fields as well as lay-up and vessels that require minor repairs.
Built in 1982, the Freeport covers an area of 305 hectares and has 49 berths with a total length of 3,000 meters. The new Freeport was built in 2005 and covers an area of 293 hectares, with 32 berths covering a total length of 2,200 meters. [02/03/14]