Abu Dhabi Ports has completed the second phase of expansion work at Delma Port, in support of the ongoing development of the Al Dhafra Region.
The expansion extends the port’s capabilities in support of the region and local community’s recreational, fishing and commercial needs.
According to a statement from the authority, the project will significantly facilitate the movement of landing craft vessels, passenger ferries, pleasure boats and fishing boats. A key focus of the second phase of the development was the construction of a 315m quay wall, which together with several modern onsite facilities, were designed to satisfy the demands of Delma Island’s and Al Dhafra region’s long-standing maritime community.
The expansion project is capable of accommodating up to 60 boats and will allow recreational and commercial vessels to easily transfer and relocate from the old Delma Port to the new port, the statement added.
“Projects such as the ongoing development and evolution of the new Delma Port are vital to facilitating the economic growth of Delma Island and Al Dhafra region,” said Abu Dhabi Ports’ group CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi.
The statement noted that when phase one of the new port was inaugurated in 2017, it featured a 103m-long quay for a ferry terminal that meets the commercial and community requirements of Delma Island, a marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft. It also featured a repair yard, an administration building, a fish market and the ADNOC marine fueling station, making it one of the largest multi-purpose ports in Al Dhafra.
The second phase also saw the creation of a new protection breakwater that will shelter the northern half of the harbor which, as part of the project, was dredged to six metres in depth.
Al Shamisi added, “By ensuring that Delma Port continues to serve the needs of the region’s maritime community and attract interest as an international destination, Abu Dhabi Ports is delivering on our leadership’s vision to establish our emirate as a top global maritime centre, one that is backed by streamlined ultra-modern services, infrastructure, and health, safety and quality standards.”