Fujairah Terminals officials brief Sheikh Mohammed on the milestone.

Fujairah Terminals said it has achieved a major milestone in its long-term AED1 billion ($272.2 million) port development programme with the completion of the expansion works related to its multi-purpose terminal facilities.

Fujairah Terminals is a wholly-owned unit of Abu Dhabi Ports, the owner and operator of 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea.

With this expansion, the terminal’s general cargo throughput has now increased to 1.3 million tonnes in addition to the development of a multi-purpose area of 25,000 sq m for general cargo and Ro-Ro services. Also, the container capacity has risen to 720,000 TEUs, with a total of 110,000 sq m of container terminal area.

In addition, the quay wall has been extended from 760 to 1,000 m and the approach has been deepened from 12 m to 15 m to enable the port to handle larger vessels.

“The northern emirate of Fujairah has become a leading international maritime transport centre due to its advanced infrastructure and its capacity to receive all sizes and categories of ships, tankers and shipments,” remarked Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, after officially opening Fujairah Terminals’ expansion programme.

This in turn has enabled it to attract investment and support the national sustainable development process, he added.

Founded in 2017 as a strategic centre for international trade in the emirate, Fujairah Terminals is now one of the Middle East’s most important economic, commercial, and logistics hubs, Sheikh Mohammed stated.