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Abu Dhabi Ports receives first shipment of Morgan Advanced Materials

Abu Dhabi Ports receives first shipment of Morgan Advanced Materials
With an annual throughput capacity of 2.5m teu, the arrival of a containership at Khalifa Port is hardly breaking news. But the recent handling of a single container has created quite the buzz at Abu Dhabi Port’s (ADP) flagship terminal.

The shipment of critical equipment for Morgan Advanced Materials’ dedicated 37,000sq mtr facility at the nearby, ADP-operated Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) required several new customs clearance procedures to be put into practice.

Morgan, a global leader in advanced materials science and engineering of ceramics, carbon and composites servicing the electronics, energy, healthcare, industrial, petrochemical, security and defence and transportation sectors, will use the shipment in support of its production activities.  

“The arrival of this shipment was an opportunity for us to showcase our success in managing the supply chain leading into our industrial free zone, which relies heavily on state-of-the-art IT systems and operational procedures,” said Kizad ceo Mana Mohamed Saeed Al Mulla.

Morgan has enjoyed a presence in the region since 2001 and selected Kizad in 2014 for its first dedicated facility in the Middle East in part due to its proximity to Khalifa Port, which provides direct shipping links to more than 50 destination ports globally.

Through an initial 30-year Musataha agreement, Morgan has committed to an initial investment of AED 50m ($13.6m) in Kizad’s free zone. It has allowed Morgan to feed demand for its products, especially in the areas of thermal insulation, energy saving, acoustic barriers and fire protection for use in extreme environments.

Said Ian Robb, president of Morgan’s thermal products division: “Kizad is truly world-class, with well-considered plot layouts, roads and facilities. Most important, though, is the exceptional service we received from both Kizad and the authorities involved in processing this shipment.”

Khalifa Port’s semi-automated container terminal handles Abu Dhabi’s container traffic after its transfer from Mina Zayed, the historic port in the city centre. In addition to its 2.5m teu capacity, Khalifa can handle up to 12m tonnes of general cargo. When its development is complete, the new port will be able to handle 15m teus 35m tons of general cargo annually.