Khalifa Port is Abu Dhabi Ports' flagship, deepwater port built to accommodate the largest ships existing at the time it was built. It is a state-of-the art gateway to Abu Dhabi and handles all of the emirate’s container traffic.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company selected Moffatt & Nichol to perform a series of planning and engineering studies to complete an updated master plan and basis of design for a new container terminal as part of the multi-phased development of a new port facility that included both onshore and offshore facilities. Moffatt & Nichol also developed construction documents for the Phase 1 automated container terminal. The planning and design considered staged development with the initial phase designed for 2.4 million TEUs and an anticipated 3.5 million annual TEUs in the future. Phase 1 included a state-of-the-art terminal gate facility that is fully integrated with the port gate and security facility and an automated container storage area operated using automated stacking cranes. The terminal was designed to start operations with manned shuttle carrier horizontal transport, with the ability to convert to automated shuttle carriers or other modes of automated horizontal transport in the future, as well as single trolley quay cranes with the provision to convert to double trolleys. The terminal layout also included a provision for a future rail intermodal yard.