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Abu Dhabi Ports awards Khalifa Port boat jobs

Deals worth US $18 million handed to local boat builders.
Khalifa Port should be built by Q4 2012.
Khalifa Port should be built by Q4 2012.

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Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has awarded AED 66 million worth of contracts related to Khalifa Port to local companies.

Riviera Boat Industrial Investment (based in Sharjah) has been appointed to build one pilot boat, and Grandweld (based in Dubai) has been appointed to build two tug boats for the first phase of the massive port project.

Khalifa Port, Phase 1 is now under construction at Taweelah and scheduled for completion by Q4 2012. The port will be able to handle two million TEUs in this first phase.

Capt Mohamed Al Shamisi, vice president of port operations, ADPC, said: “This is a milestone order not only for Khalifa Port but also for ADPC.

“The Emirati yards in question build consistently excellent quality vessels and the contracts pave the way for the exciting full opening of Khalifa Port’s first phase. The fact that ADPC has placed these orders emphasises our full commitment to completing the infrastructure and superstructure to Khalifa Port Phase 1 to budget and on time”.

Riviera has been contracted to build one 18 metre pilot boat, available from the end of February 2012, with a speed of 21 knots, at a cost of approximately AED 5 million. The pilot boat will be used for port pilotage operations in harbour and coastal waters.

Grandweld will build two tug boats, each with a bollard pull of 55 tonnes, a length of 32 metres and a speed of 12.5 knots. Both tugs will operate in Khalifa Port from Q4 2012 and will be capable of berthing/un-berthing, escorting vessels and fire fighting. The cost for both tug boats is AED 61 million.

All three boats will be ready to escort ships into Khalifa Port from Q4 2012. They will also be able to assist ships berthing at the dedicated EMAL (Emirates Aluminium) facility in Khalifa Port, which has been in operation, receiving raw material, since November 2010.

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