Chinese container ship becomes 1st visitor to CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal

Added On April 23, 2019

A Chinese container ship has become the first visitor to the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal of Khalifa Port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Let's take a look.
On Saturday, the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal of Khalifa Port welcomed its first ship to mark the beginning of the formal operation of the terminal.
The Chinese container ship, CSCL Mercury, has a capacity of 14,000 TEU, or Twenty-foot Equivalent Units.
The CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, built and operated by China's COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSP) and Abu Dhabi Ports, has a design capacity of 2.5 million TEU and begins with a handling capacity of 1.5 million TEU.
CSCL Mercury began service in 2011. Its overall length and beam are 366 meters and 51.2 meters respectively.
The operation of the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is a key project under the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative.
Moreover, China is the largest non-oil trading partner of the UAE. In 2017, trade between the two countries increased 15 percent to more than 53 billion U.S. dollars, representing 14.7 percent of the UAE's total foreign trade.