Abu Dhabi Ports Company Launches Marine Services Group

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Thursday March 21, 2013

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) announced at the World Ports and Trade Summit 2013 that it has launched a shipping subsidiary called ADPC Marine Services to provide assistance for shippers serving Abu Dhabi.

With more than 160 employees, ADPC Marine Services will be divided into five core areas: Pilotage, Harbour Towage, Mooring and Allied Services, Vessel Traffic Services, and Aids to Navigation Service.

"With an ever-increasing rise in maritime trade, into and from Abu Dhabi, it was clear that a professional marine services company would add value to the emirate's growing list of shipping lines," said Hamad Al Maghrabi, general manager of ADPC Marine Services.

"The specialized departments, within ADPC Marine Services, are designed to provide a complete and world-class marine service offering that will meet and exceed our customers' expectations."

The new company will start with a fleet of six tugs, four pilot boats, six speedboats, and one buoy maintenance boat, and it will use radio communications and radar surveillance to provide vessel traffic services (VTS) to ships using the emirate's ports and waterways.

ADPC Marine Services will operate as a wholly owned, autonomous subsidiary of ADPC, and it has plans to expand beyond Abu Dhabi in the future.

Also at the summit, ADPC announced that it has signed an agreement with a regional freight and logistics company, Agility, to reduce road freight tariffs for transportation to and from Khalifa Port, a deal ADPC said will help address supply chain costs.