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Abu Dhabi Ports enters bulk transhipment sector

SAFEEN, the maritime service arm of Abu Dhabi Ports, has acquired a post-Panamax bulk carrier to undertake iron ore transhipment operations

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Built in Romania and in service since 2006, the vessel is largest ever to join SAFEEN’s inventory. Named after the Jabal Hafeet Mountain, the ship will operate under the name HAFEET and will initially undergo an extensive conversion, prior to commencing operations.


The refitting will include state-of-the-art cranes and a conveyor system, which, when combined with other design parameters, will enable SAFEEN to provide efficient solid bulk cargo transhipment services.


Once its conversion is fully complete in the latter part of 2020, M/V HAFEET will be based at Musaffah and will be tasked with supporting Emirates Steel’s transhipment requirements.


Due to commence operations in January 2021, the vessel will assist in discharging bulk iron ore bound for Emirates Steel from large oceangoing bulk carriers.


“The acquisition and the eventual commissioning of HAFEET marks a significant step for our SAFEEN team, as it greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers and provide them with world-class maritime services,” said Captain Adil Banihammad, head of Abu Dhabi Ports’ Maritime Cluster and CEO of SAFEEN.


“Even more importantly, however, the vessel is part of a larger expansion strategy by Abu Dhabi Ports aimed at broadening our portfolio of services, and taking our experience and service excellence to the wider bulk transhipment market.


“We firmly believe that, by challenging ourselves and looking beyond our horizons, we will benefit not only our current and future customers, but also our broader emirate as well.”


With a summer deadweight of up to 101,648 dwt and diesel engines capable of generating up to 15,200 hp, M/V HAFEET includes a total of seven holds for cargo storage, making it ideal for the delivery of efficient transhipment services.


As well as four advanced cranes and a conveyor system, the vessel will be equipped with new hoppers, grabs, and additional generators to support its increased power requirements.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the closing of the vessel acquisition was completed via online video link and was signed digitally.

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