Abu Dhabi Ports has officially inaugurated Delma Port.
Strategically located on the eastern side of Delma Island, the new port will better serve the community as an upgraded multipurpose port capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and ﬁshing vessels.
Commenting on the occasion, staff major general pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei, said: “The development of Delma Port comes in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, which calls for an effective transportation system to serve the community and economy, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable sea transport”
He added: “The Delma Port project is one that promises to be a foundation stone in the development of the Al Dhafra Region through its focus on meeting the highest quality standards.
“In addition, the deep foresight and strategic thinking that has gone into the planning of this project is evidence of Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to the success of Delma Port in accordance with the objectives of our government.”
Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive, Abu Dhabi Ports, explained that with a budget of over AED170 million, the new Delma Port covers a total area of 280,725 m2, with 58,500 m2 of pavement for easy transport.
It features an accessible breakwater with platform to integrate the operation of ferry terminal and CICPA facilities.
The ferry terminal has 103-m long quay wall with three fixed ramps that serve as berthing areas for ferry vessels.
A marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft was provided to support the local boat population. Buildings and facilities such as an administration building, fish market, restaurant, public building, sheltered storage area for fishing equipment, ADNOC Marine fuelling facility, ferry terminal building and CICPA inspection facility accentuate services for the New Delma Port.
Al Shamisi said: “The new Delma Port is one of the biggest in Al Dhafra Region, and has been designed to provide an effective sheltered harbour for the maritime community in Delma.
“It is capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and ﬁshing vessels, better serving the community of Delma.
“The port, which is considered a hub, has been carefully designed as an integrated ecosystem that creates space for vessels and also offers the support services needed to facilitate sustainable transport.
“We are thrilled to announce that the Delma Port project was delivered in record time, anchoring Abu Dhabi Ports’ position as a leading developer of ports.”