AD Ports Group announced today that the Port of Mugharraq, a strategic port located in the Al Dhafra region, has been recognized as an international port facility.
Issued under the provisions of the International Code for the Safety of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS Code) by the UAE Department of Energy and Infrastructure, the port has long served as a premier maritime facility that provides a multitude of offshore activities, projects / oil and gas, general cargo, logistical support, bulk and bulk handling services.
With the new certification, the port of Mugharraq can now receive international and local vessels including container ships, bulk carriers and bulk carriers, mobile offshore drilling units, tugs, chemical tankers, offshore support vessels, high-speed passenger ships and freighters.
Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce that the port of Mugharraq, one of the best performing ports in the Al Dhafra region, has been officially recognized as an international port facility. .
“This achievement will dramatically accelerate the port’s potential to attract the interest of global industry leaders, particularly those involved in the global energy market, while simultaneously opening up new opportunities in other industries and segments to target.
“We look forward to further strengthening the logistics capabilities of Mugharraq Port, as well as cultivating the port’s reputation not only as a vital maritime facility in the Middle East, but also as a footprint in global trade. “
Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Port Manager, Al Dhafra Region, said: “By receiving the distinction of international port facility under the provisions of the ISPS Code, the Port of Mugharraq has strengthened its position as a strategic commercial port.
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“This achievement reflects the efforts of AD Ports Group in recent years to design and advance a master plan for the modernization of ports in the Al Dhafra region, which has seen several infrastructure improvements for commercial and recreational maritime activities. .
“We also wish to share our appreciation for the leadership’s support in the development of advanced infrastructure in Al Dhafra, as well as for their efforts to diversify the economy of the UAE.”
AD Ports Group is about to complete a large expansion project aimed at improving the infrastructure and service capabilities of Mugharraq Port to ensure it is better positioned to support offshore projects and related megaprojects to the oil and gas field.
The infrastructure improvements introduced include the extension of the quay wall to 480 meters with additional berths, the deepening of the installation depth to 8 meters, as well as the development of additional Ro-Ro ramps at a total of six and additional bunks designed to withstand heavy lifting operations.
In addition, the load factor capacity of the port has also been increased up to 15 tons per square meter, which in addition to supporting heavy load transport activities, also accelerates the movement of goods to oil facilities. and gas.
Regarding port city side operations, new elements include the development of liquid and dry bulk pipelines, which are expected to significantly benefit oil and gas customers using Mugharraq port.
The improvements to Mugharraq Port, coupled with its strategic proximity to Ruwais, Hail, Ghasha and other key upstream oil and gas projects in the region, strengthen its position as a well-equipped ISPS port to meet the evolving needs of international operations.
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