AD Ports Group has announced the arrival of the first international shipment at Mugharraq Port, claimed to be one of the highest performing ports located within the Al Dhafra Region.
This marks the first shipment since Mugharraq Port was recognised as an international port facility under the provision of the International Code for the Security of Ships and of Port Facilities (ISPS Code) by the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
“International recognition was achieved after a series of major upgrades at the port, including the extension of the quay wall up to 480m with additional berths, deepening of the facility’s depth to 8m, as well as the development of additional ro-ro ramps,” stated AD Ports Group.
“Mugharraq Port’s enhancements, coupled with its strategic proximity to Ruwais, Hail, Ghasha, and other key upstream oil and gas projects in the region, further solidify its position as an ISPS port well-equipped to meet the evolving need of international operations.”
The port has long served as a maritime facility offering a host of offshore, oil and gas, general cargo, logistics support, bulk, and breakbulk handling services. It connects nearby Delma Island via ro-ro and ferry services. Ongoing extension work at the port, as well as the new international port certification, will support the wider long-term development plan for the Al Dhafra region, according to AD Ports Group.
Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO, Ports Cluster at AD Ports Group, said: “The arrival of our first international shipment is a significant milestone for the expansion of new international business opportunities and will enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade hub.
“The recognition of Mugharraq Port as an international port will provide significant support to development within the Al Dhafra region, and also enable the creation of new trade routes connecting the UAE to the world.”
Mubarak Al Mazrouei, acting managing director of Mussafah Port and Al Dhafra Region at AD Ports Group, commented: “It is our great pleasure to welcome the first international shipment at Mugharraq Port, a testament to our commitment to the ongoing development in the Al Dhafra region, catering to both commercial and recreational maritime activities.
“Our international certification will support the development of Mugharraq Port’s logistical capabilities, especially in the global energy market, while supporting AD Ports Group’s aspirations to position the port as a key player in global trade.