Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has berthed what is believed to be the first fully-laden Capesize vessel to call at any GCC port alongside its quay at Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. The operation, involving the bulk carrier Cape Taweelah, marked the inauguration of bauxite imports from the Republic of Guinea for EGA’s new Al Taweelah alumina refinery, which will employ Capesize vessels to reduce per tonne transportation costs.
Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) has modified the approaches to Khalifa Port, dredging them from a depth of 16.6m to 18.5m, and widening them from 250m to 280m, to accommodate Capesize vessels bound for the EGA terminal. Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “The arrival of Cape Taweelah is a landmark moment for EGA, but these huge ships will become a familiar sight at Khalifa Port over the years ahead. We are glad ADP addressed our need to bring Capesize vessels to our quay and decided to further develop the capabilities of Khalifa Port, thereby also benefitting trade in Abu Dhabi and the UAE more broadly.”
Cape Taweelah is operated by the Japanese shipping company K Line, which is represented in the UAE by local agent Sharaf Shipping. It is one of several Capesize vessels built specifically to transport EGA’s bauxite to the UAE.