Abu Dhabi Ports and Cosco Shipping Ports
Limited, CSP, have held their ground-breaking ceremony for the CSP Abu Dhabi
Container Terminal during a high-level event at Khalifa Port, in the presence
of H.H. Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of
Transport and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
The ceremony was presided over by Dr.
Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi
Ports, and Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of China’s National Development and
Reform Commission, NDRC, who witnessed the unveiling of the ground-breaking
plaque as well as the signing ceremony for the new CFS by Captain Mohamed Juma
Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports and Zhang Wei, Vice Chairman and Managing
Director of CSP.
A new agreement between CSP, the world’s
leading ports operator, and Abu Dhabi Ports was also signed during the ceremony
for development of the largest container freight station in the region. The new
container freight station will provide Abu Dhabi trade with a state of the art
facility offering bonded ‘LCL/FCL’ consolidation and de-consolidation services,
cross stuffing, cargo weight reduction, short term warehousing for
de-consolidated cargo as well as easy connectivity with the container terminals
in Khalifa Port.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sultan Al
Jaber said, “Following the guidance and vision of the leadership, Abu Dhabi
Ports has played an important role in expanding trading links between the UAE
and China, which is now the UAE’s second largest trading partner. The partnership
between Abu Dhabi Ports and Cosco Shipping Ports to develop the region’s
largest container freight station will add a new dimension to UAE-China trade
relations and is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 to drive growth,
attract investment, support economic diversification and create sustainable
Jizhe in turn said, “Khalifa Port is one
of the fastest growing ports and an important gateway port in the region, with
huge potential and prospect. Cosco Shipping Ports is marching another step forward
in the port development project with Abu Dhabi Ports.”
“The solid progression of the CFS
project writes a new chapter between China and the UAE, in terms of
infrastructure investment, construction and service sector, and bears new fruit
for the Belt and Road cooperation between the two countries, injecting new
energy to solidify and promote China-UAE economic and trade cooperation, thus
providing new contributions,” he concluded.