ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2023 (WAM) — HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region, inaugurated the Mugharraq Port in Al Dhannah City, Al Dhafra region. Strategically located on the west coast of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the port has been offering marine, oil and gas, general cargo, logistics support, bulk and bulk handling services since 2017.
Mugharraq Port was granted international port status by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), enabling the port to develop relationships with international oil and gas companies and handle essential cargo including oil and petrochemicals . The port will receive its first international cargo in August 2022.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by several senior officials including Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman of AD Ports Group; Ahmed Matar Al Dhaheri, Chairman, Office of the Representative of the Rulers of the Al Dhafra Region; Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, Director General of Federal Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security; Nasser Mohammed Al Mansouri, Undersecretary, Regional Ruler’s Representative Office; Issa Hamad Bushhab, Adviser to the President of the Emirates Red Crescent; Rashed Lahej Al Mansouri, Director General, Abu Dhabi Customs; and Mohamed Juma, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group Captain Al Shamisi.
Upon his arrival, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the Mughalag Port facility and its expansion activities.
During the inauguration, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on notable projects in the Al Dhafra region, including the development of the ports of Sila, Fiyay and Al Dhannah, and new offshore operations on Al Fiyay Island. These projects are part of the Al Dhafra area development plan implemented by AD Ports Group under the supervision of Sheikh Hamdan.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed commended AD Ports Group’s efforts in developing a world-class economic and business infrastructure to underpin Abu Dhabi’s preeminence, underscoring the wise leadership’s support for development projects in the Al Dhafra area as its Of strategic importance to the UAE.
Commenting on this, Sheikh Hamdan said: “These projects will not only contribute to the development of the Al Dhafra area and its community port, but will also be reflected in the entire region as it revitalizes the economy and business areas, which will help attract investment to the region.
“Today’s inauguration of Mugharraq Port reflects our commitment to continue to enhance our wider maritime and logistics capabilities in the Al Dhafra region. The improved infrastructure means it is now able to attract businesses from around the world and will help build local initiatives and business projects for the further growth and prosperity of the residents of the region,” he added.
Al Ahbabi said, “The inauguration of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan reflects his commitment to closely overseeing major infrastructure projects in the Al Dhafra region. As a group, we aim to support the wise leadership’s goal of positioning the region as a A major trade and logistics center for the energy and shipping industries.
He explained, “”Our major enhancements to Mugharraq significantly enhance its offshore oil and gas services offering and mark an important milestone in the development of the region. AD Ports Group’s strategic investments will continue to aid the development of the Al Dhafra region and facilitate growth opportunities for local businesses, support economic growth, enhance leisure and recreation, and preserve the region’s rich maritime heritage. “
Captain Al Shamisi expressed his sincere gratitude to His Highness for his support and attention to the Group’s strategic projects in the Al Dhafra area. “The upgrades we have implemented across several ports in the Al Dhafra region are strategically aligned with our wise leadership’s vision, while preserving and preserving the marine environment for future generations. The expansion of Mugharraq Port will attract more international companies, especially energy and companies in the shipping sector, these companies will benefit greatly from the professional services provided,” he said.
The Port of Mugharraq is an important hub for the offshore oil and gas industry and recent improvements have further enhanced its capabilities. These improvements include the addition of 400 meters of heavy-duty quay walls, increased carrying capacity, and increased yard space and storage space. As a result, Mugharraq Port now has the potential to attract global energy industry leaders, create new trade opportunities and service a wide range of vessels including container feeder vessels, bulk carriers and bulk carriers, mobile offshore drilling rigs and chemical Product tanker.
The port’s strategic proximity to major upstream oil and gas projects in the region reinforces its position as an ISPS port well-equipped to meet the changing demands of international operations.