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Technological Trends in Port Management: Manmade Deepwater Offshore Island Ports

The interconnectivity of the world’s major ports is broad scale. Many public and private sector capital investment has subsidized plans, design, and building of global logistics infrastructure of these hubs over recent years. As international commerce continues to boom with high demand commodities and consumer responsiveness, design technology of new ports is shape-shifting to meet the demand. Transportation industry experts, financial investor houses such as JP Morgan, and major firms such as US Contractor Bechtel, are moving forward – exploiting reclamation technology in the development of man made island ports with at least 3 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) annual container capacity and handling vessel capacity of up to 400,000 dwt (dead weight tonnage). Abu Dhabi Khalifa Port Container Terminal The official launch of The Abu Dhabi Khalifa port on December 12, 2012 at 1200 hours, marking the 5 year end of Bechtel’s land reclamation project, was successful; inaugurated by its namesake, President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan along with royalty, diplomats, and other business leaders. Khalifa port, operated by ADT (Abu Dhabi Terminals), showcases the latest technology with a 16 meter draft and a 4.0 kilometer quay wall, and services the largest container vessels currently afloat… read more »