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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Port of Mina Zayed

Mina Zayed Port

Working Member

Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi

General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam
Mr. Naeem Bin Ibrahim El-Naeem

Overview

The year 1972 saw the inauguration of Zayed Port, which is named after UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Serving as the main port in the capital of Abu Dhabi for over 40 years, Zayed Port has the distinction of being one of the regional pioneers in the maritime industry.

Mina Zayed also allows companies to store and distribute goods from directly within the port premises, reducing transit times. A chilled storage zone caters to over 15,000 tons of frozen imports and exports.

Vessels inbound to Mina Zayed can refuel directly from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) fuel bunkers that offer reduced rates. The port also has an engineering division on the call for vessel repairs and servicing.

There is also a Dhow Harbor located close to Mina Zayed. Vessels such as rig supply crafts, tug vessels, pleasure dhows, personal crafts, and small motorized launches berth here. The harbour is serviced by ADNOC, has equipment for service and repairs, and also has a direct connection with Port Zayed.

This satellite port facility was planned to double as a Free Trade Zone, from where a larger number of container ships could be handled. To recover these, Abu Dhabi Ports plans to convert Port Zayed into a luxury cruise hub. AIDA and Celebrity Cruises have already begun cruise services from this port, and efforts have been made to convert it into a passenger port.

Location

Located on the northeast tip of the emirate and spread over a 5.3sqm area, it is one of the biggest commercial ports in the capital with the ability to handle up to 10 oceangoing vessels at any one time.

The number of berths in the port is 39, including:

  • General cargo berths-containers and RO-RO berths.
  • Grain and fodder berths.
  • Unpacked cargo berths, cooled cargo berths and general cargo berths.

The depth of sea waters in such berths ranges from 9 up to 14 meters, while its total length is 7837 meters. Such berths are provided with modern equipment and installations for cargo handling and stowage, in addition to carrying it from the port, also forklift and other electronic lifts of different types, some of which are of 3.2.15 tons capacity. Moreover, lifts for unloading grains, receiving dock with a length reaching 4000 meters and the sea depth along the dock ranging between 4.5 and 6 meters.

They are represented in Authorities, associations, councils and administrations working in the field of the Arab Sea Ports facilities.

Berth Properties

StatementArea
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Port Characteristics

With 21 berths, a total berth length of 4,375 meters, the city-based port accommodates warehousing and cold storage facilities covering more than 143,000 square meters.

Since moving all container traffic and Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) cargo to Khalifa Port, the Zayed Port has expanded its status as a premier regional hub to encompass cruise tourism, as well as general and bulk cargo services with its access to multimodal land, sea and air transport network.

Zayed Port consists of two deep basins for general cargo vessels and cruise liners and a smaller basin for vessels such as tugs, barges and service crafts.

The port also enjoys ease of access, being just five minutes away from the E11 highway and in the centre of Abu Dhabi city. With three gate accesses, the port is fully ISPS-compliant with its own security and safety team.

Development Plan

As part of the comprehensive development plans to establish Abu Dhabi as a world-class cruise destination, in December 2015, Zayed Port launched the permanent Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, which addresses the increasing demand for cruise tourism to the country.

The terminal allows three cruise ships to berth at any one time and the prime location gives visitors easy access to a wide range of attractions such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, Ferrari World, Yas Island and other leisure attractions, hotels and resorts in the Emirate.

The focus has paid off; the number of tourists visiting the capital has significantly risen since circa 2006 when the first cruise liner called at the port. Today, Zayed Port welcomes high profile cruise ships from Asia, Europe and America, with 100,000s of tourists visiting Abu Dhabi each season.

In 2017, the company recorded a 48 percent increase in passengers arriving at the terminal; close to six times the eight percent increase forecast in 2016.

Engineering Features

The port has 21 berths for ro-ro, project cargo, reefer units, general cargo, and petroleum products. The initial 17 berths were expanded to service a larger number of vessels and process more cargo tonnage.

The quay length extends over 3 kilometres and has a maximum anchorage depth of 15 meters. However, berths 10 to 13 are just 6 meters deep, and they are only used by low draft vessels that carry the minimal load.

StatementArea
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Productivity Features

Providing a safe passage to the container ships and maintenance services are major priorities of this port. The port has a storage yard coverage of almost 18000 square metres and an open container ground of 400,000 square metres. Bejaia port is the only port in Algeria that has the authority of handling dangerous goods, with 6 hangers of 140,000 square metres each.

Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Cargo Handling2000000Thousand Tons/Year
Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Containers Handling (TEU)900000TEU/Year
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Draft)14Meters
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Length)300Meters
Container Handling Rate2465TEU/Day
General Cargo Stevedoring Rate38356Tons/Day
Working Hours113974Hour
General Cargo Handled During The Year 20053850Thousand Tons
Containerized Handled Cargo During The Year 20058529Thousand Tons
Dry Bulk Cargo3882Thousand Tons
Liquid Bulk Cargo57Thousand Tons
Number Of Handled TEU During894809Thousand Tons/Container
Number Of Passengers During 2005-Passengers

Contact

AddressAbu Dhabi Ports, Headquarters. Gate 1, next to Zayed Port, Al Mina Street. Nearest Landmark: Zayed Port
Telephone800 102030
FAX +971 2 695 2177
Email Addresscustomerservice@adports.ae