This is expected to rise in 2007 with the expansion of business in the area and the fact that the port provides cost-effective services and facilities to the adjacent free zone and the wider business community. Facilities include eight wharfs and a covered storage area totalling 43,200 square metres. The Port Authority also has two dry docks for ship repairs and maintenance.
The Ahmed Bin Rashid Port and Free Zone is located in Umm al- Qaiwain about 48 kilometres north-east of Dubai. The free-zone complex comprises four wharves totalling 845 metres of quay wall within a secured area of 400,000 square metres, which is capable of handling ocean-going vessels, and 118,000 square metres of land reserved for light industrial development. The entrance channel has a minimum depth of 10 metres and a width of 100 metres, and connects with a swinging basin of 500 metres.
Fujairah Port is strategically located on UAE’s East Coat, approximately 70 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz, an attractive location for a range of users of the multi-purpose port and the significant number of vessels calling at the Fujairah anchorage for bunker supplies and services.
Saqr Port, Ra’s al-Khaimah’s window on the world, handled 22.2 million tonnes in 2006, up from 10.7 million tonnes in 2002. The port has experienced a robust 107 per cent increase in cargo handling over the past four years and an annual growth of more than 30 per cent, reflecting the fast-paced development activities taking place in the emirate. During that period, Saqr Port has undertaken an ambitious expansion programme involving an investment of Dh221 million to improve the efficient handling of containers, bulk and general cargo.
A new container terminal with a capacity of 350,000 TEUs, which was developed by the Kuwait-based KGL Ports International (KGLPI), was recently added. Four new berths, a high-tech container scanning system and other upgraded infrastructure have been commissioned and new offices for the RAK Customs and Ports Department were opened. The four new berths have a total length of 795 metres and will substantially increase the cargo handling capacity of the port. Saqr Port Authority operate the remaining eight berths.
The port has also purchased container-handling equipment to improve the loading and discharge rates, including an additional
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