Abu Dhabi Ports announce completion of Delma Port’s phase 2 expansion

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The second phase of development has been completed at Delma Port in Al Dhafra region.

According to Abu Dhabi Ports, the project will significantly facilitate the movement of landing-craft vessels, passenger ferries, pleasure boats, and fishing boats through the new facility.

One of its key aspects was the construction of a dedicated 315-metre quay wall, which together with several modern onsite facilities, was designed to specifically meet the demands of Delma Island’s and Al Dhafra region’s long-standing maritime community.

Capable of accommodating up to 60 boats, the expansion project will allow recreational and commercial vessels to easily transfer and relocate from the old Delma Port.

"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," said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports.

When Phase I of the new port was inaugurated in 2017 as a modern replacement for the old one, it featured a 103-metre-long quay for a ferry terminal, a marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft, a repair yard, an administration building, a fish market, and the ADNOC marine fuelling 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 harbour which, as part of the project was dredged to a depth of six metres.

Other project highlights included the relocation of Etisalat marine cables surrounding Delma Port; completion of a navigational study; construction of interconnecting roads, pavement and an ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) fence; and, installation of service utilities such as potable water and solar streetlights.

In addition, the project included the installation of coastal protection for the Delma Ladies Club, at the request of Al Dhafra municipality.

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