Khalid's original depth was dredged in the early eighties
to deal with deeper draft vessels and today the berth
and quay configuration is designed to accept most
types of vessels. The port handles a wide variety
of tonnage ranging from tankers, container vessels,
Ro-Ro ships, pure car carriers, reefer ships, passenger
ships, heavy lift ships, jack up rigs, bulk carriers
and a multitude of smaller vessels such as coasters,
supply boats, tugs, barges and crew boats. Port Khalid
is one of the easiest ports to enter in the Gulf with
only a short approach channel.
plays an important role in Port Khalid's development
plans for future growth especially as Sharjah and
nearby Dubai have shown such a rapid growth rate over
the past 15 years. Sharjah's industrial base is one
of the largest in the UAE claiming 45% of all UAE
based industries. In the past port traffic for Dubai
and Sharjah has been largely transshipment cargo.
As the Emirates gradually moves away from its dependence
on a mineral related economy to more of trading and
industrial based so the nature of port traffic will
also change. The recent substantial onshore and offshore
gas finds have further prompted Sharjah to invest
in its industrial base with the establishment of Sharjah
Airport Free Zone and the Hamriyah Free Zone.
Already one of the best container transshipment hub
ports in the world Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT)
is gearing up for the next century. Under a programme
directed by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad
AI Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and its Dependencies,
the natural deepwater port is being massively expanded.
quay has been lengthened by 350 metres to give a total
length of 1,000 metres, a dredging programme has increased
the depth alongside to 15 metres and the ship turning
has been enlarged to take the largest container vessels
Fakkan Container Terminal has a superb geographical
position in the context of today's huge and efficient
deepsea container trades. Located on Sharjah's Indian
Ocean Coast, it is close to the main east-west shipping
lanes and outside the sensitive straits of Hormuz.
Shipping Lines, including United Arab Shipping Corp,
DSR Senator, Cho Yang Lines, CMA, NSCSA and Hanjin
have been quick to realise the cost and time savings
they can gain by using Khorfakkan as a hub port for
transshipment traffic in to the Arabian Gulf, sub
Continent and East Africa and effecting container
transfers between their own services.