Strategy for success

Approximately 70 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz, Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1978 as part of the economic development of the UAE and full operations commenced in 1983. Since then the Port has embarked on a continuing process of enhancement to both its facilities and its comprehensive range of functions.

Thanks to its well established position, the Port now has a lot of experience and is able to handle all types of associated business activities, such as:

  • General Cargo – including project cargoes
  • Bulk Cargo – including aggregate exports
  • Wet Bulk Cargo – including fuel, oil, etc.. for bunkering and trading
  • Port Facilities and Services
  • Container Handling

General Cargo
In the area of general cargo the Port handles a significant quantity of steel billets, steel bars, copper concentrate, chrome ore, iron ore, coal, bagged aluminium hydroxide and industrial salt, which moves to and from the UAE, GCC countries and beyond. Additionally, a major proportion of the Project cargo associated with the UAE Federal Qidfa Desalination plant facility, including the water and gas pipeline, was handled successfully through the Port of Fujairah.

A highly skilled work force is supported by a variety of up-to-date equipment including mobile cranes, all types of cargo slings, forklifts, trailers and MAFI’s. This ensures quick turnarounds, based on a 24-hour service.

Bulk Cargo
As well as a paved storage area of half a million square metres which can accommodate general and project cargo, cars, and containers, additional compacted land of approximately 150,000 square metres is available for the temporary pre- shipment or post shipment storage of Bulk cargoes.

Bulk cargoes can be loaded and unloaded smoothly thanks to the Port of Fujairah’s investment in its first Bulk Loader in 2002 – this was followed by a second Loader in 2013. The planning, building and commissioning of the Bulk Loaders were based on the need to meet a sustained and growing demand for quality aggregate exports from the Emirate building projects in the Inner Gulf and beyond.

The current Bulk Loaders operation allows uniform productivity, an environmentally friendly loading solution, the accommodation of large vessels, flexibility in stockpile storage arrangements and the ability to accommodate gearless vessels. The Port currently handles around 100 million tons per annum (MTPA), but it is expecting to increase this to 150 MTPA over the next two years.

Wet Bulk Cargo
Also based at the Port is Fujairah Oil Tanker Terminal (FOTT) which is the UAE’s premier hub for Bunkering & Oil Trading activities. Starting with three berths, OTB 1, 2 & 3, Oil Terminal-1 commenced on January 2006, has an overall quay length of 840 metres and capacity of DWT 100,000 tons/berth. To cater for growing storage projects, FOTT officially commissioned Oil Terminal-2 in January 2011, consisting of additional four berths, OTB 4, 5, 6 & 7, with an overall quay length of 1500 metres with a capacity of DWT 180,000 tons/berth.

As part of its ongoing expansion strategy, the Port has recently constructed an offshore berthing jetty for Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and it plans to build a second such jetty and increase petroleum storage capacity by 75 per cent to 14 million cubic metres by 2020. These investments are designed to strengthen Fujairah as a global hub for crude oil and related products.

Port Facilities and Services
Accommodating up to 100 vessels at any time, Fujairah Anchorage is a globally recognised for its facilities, safe calm waters, exemplary safety and security record and varied and efficient supply and service arrangements.

It is able to offer an efficient and varied one-stop-shop service for calling vessels, and its facilities and services include bunkering, ship supplies, ship repair, spare repair, spare parts and inspection. The vital link is this one stop facility is the ‘seven-metre quay’ maritime supply operation. Currently approximately 70 privately owned and professionally operated supply vessels operate from the Port.

In addition to these benefits, the crew changes to and from the Anchorage, which on average reaches 2500 personnel monthly. The Port is also embracing technology through its E Services, which are designed to smooth out the processes for vessels arriving and departing.

Container Handling
The Port of Fujairah commenced container operations in 1982 and has built up a high level of expertise in road relay, consolidation and deconsolidation, sea/air cargo and transshipment. The Port of Fujairah’s position, outside the Gulf of Hormuz, allows it to offer significant strategic, logistical and economic advantages for container operators.

Conclusion
As one of the world’s largest anchorages and the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the UAE, the Port of Fujairah is in a unique position. With its focus on continual expansion, it has established itself as the second largest bunkering port behind Singapore and it is attracting many world leading companies who want to share in its growth and success. With over three decades of successful operation to draw upon and a willingness to invest in the future, the Port of Fujairah looks set to go from strength to strength.

The Port of Fujairah
One of world’s largest anchorages
Position on the Gulf of Oman
Strategy for growth going forward