Khalifa Port




About Khalifa Port

Khalifa Port enjoyed a spectacular launch, inaugurated by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, royalty, dilpomats, dignitaries and business leaders.

It is handling all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic, transferred three months ahead of schedule from Mina Zayed. Khalifa Port has the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, and in a radius of 5,000 kilometres. Only the port of Singapore can match it.

Khalifa Port offers facilities and direct port access for all companies setting up in Kizad; the megaproject will help drive the economic diversification of Abu Dhabi by creating more than 100,000 new jobs and contributing 15% of the non-oil GDP by 2030.

Designed with a 16 metres draft and a 4.0 kilometres quay wall, Khalifa Port features the latest technology and serves the largest container ships currently afloat.  The initial annual Phase One capacity of the port is 2.5 million TEU’s of container traffic and 12 million tons of general cargo.

Through phased development the port is designed to grow to a capacity of 15 million TEU’s container traffic and 35 million tons of general cargo by 2030.

The offshore Port has been constructed on reclaimed land with an offshore area extending over 2.7 square kilometres and the Container Terminal situated more than four kilometers out to sea.  This was designed with one impressive green goal: to help protect the unique Ras Ghanada coral reef, adjacent to the onshore port areas. ADPC invested AED 880 Million (USD 240 million) to build the  8 kilometre-long Environmental Protection Breakwater. It has won many international awards. 

The operation of Khalifa Port container terminal has been granted to Abu Dhabi Terminals which currently operates Mina Zayed, Musaffah Port and the Free Port.  All Marine Services, Port Security as well as the port passes are provided by ADPC. ADPC also operates the 11,000 square metres Container Freight Station (CFS) in the landside port area.

This area extends over 5.5 square kilometres and includes the documentation centre, and government stakeholders’ offices. Government stakeholders like Abu Dhabi Customs, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), and the Ministry of Environment and Water operate out of purpose built facilities located within the port gate complex.

There are designated routes for trucks coming into and leaving Khalifa Port (see download). Please note that routes using the E11 highway have truck ban hours.  Trucking companies sending trucks to Khalifa Port need to be licenced (see download), and trucks going onto the Container Terminal in the Port need to be fitted with an RFID tag.  In addition, truck drivers need to have a valid Port Pass.

Pilotage Directions

Pilotage is compulsory for all ships within the port limits of Khalifa Port ; this includes the navigable channels leading to the port and all the waters, basins and channels alongside the quays and jetties in the port.

ADPC has given a general exemption from pilotage for all vessels less than 100 metres long except ships carrying hazardous cargoes in bulk, which includes bunker barges, are only exempted if they are less than 60 metres long. Vessels carrying more than 12 passengers and all vessels not noted above are subject to compulsory pilotage.

This means that they must have a licensed pilot on the ship to assist with the navigation of the ship whenever the ship is within the port limits of Khalifa Port; or the master of the ship must have an exemption certificate, issued by ADPC, which exempts the vessel from taking a licensed pilot.

Masters of ships subject to compulsory pilotage can apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) if they can fulfill the requirements set out in the Pilotage Directions, including the tripping with pilots’ assessments and having successfully passed the Harbour Master’s examination.

Notice to Mariners
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Mariners Documentation
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