Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with Dell Technologies that will see the organisations combine their expertise in maritime and IT to develop technology-based concepts, solutions and services specifically for the maritime industry.
The MoU with Dell Technologies is designed to provide Abu Dhabi Ports with consulting services and help them leverage high value-added technologies such as blockchain, and artificial intelligence to fuel their digital transformation journey.
The MoU was signed by Abdullah Al Hameli, Executive Vice President, Corporate Support at Abu Dhabi Ports, and Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Dell Technologies. The signing took place at Dell Technologies World 2019 in Las Vegas.
In addition, this strategic partnership will see an exchange of industry best practices and expertise needed to develop truly integrated smart ports that can better serve the customers and other stakeholders of Abu Dhabi Ports. Over the past few years, Abu Dhabi Ports has made significant strides in harnessing digital solutions for trade and port communities. In 2018, it launched Silsal, a blockchain-based solution aimed at streamlining trade flows and supply chains.
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, is the operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and logistics hub, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi KIZAD, in which Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle East region.
Khalifa Port is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi-automated container port in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports also owns 50% of Abu Dhabi Terminals, which operates and manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal with a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. In addition to the current capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, the recent deal Abu Dhabi Ports signed with Cosco Shipping Ports, which is expected to commence operations by 2019, will raise the annual capacity to 6 million TEUs in both container terminals.
Abdullah Al Hameli, Executive Vice President, Corporate Support at Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “At Abu Dhabi Ports, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited about the growth and opportunities created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we are constantly striving to deliver products and services that transpose the latest emerging technologies into a maritime context. We are delighted to partner with Dell Technologies on our ongoing digital journey. ”
Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Dell Technologies, commented: “At Dell Technologies, we primarily aim to help organisation build their digital future and transform their infrastructure. We are well positioned with end to end solutions to enable Abu Dhabi Ports modernise their IT infrastructure to efficiently operate their traditional applications as well as run their cloud native applications allowing them to unlock the potential of artificial intelligence and blockchain to develop new services.”
Ahmed Auda, Managing Director Middle East, Turkey and North Africa at VMware, said: “As Abu Dhabi Ports drives ahead with its digitisation agenda, VMware, a Dell Technologies company, is excited to provide cutting edge technologies that will help Abu Dhabi Ports leverage the full strengths of its network and tap into the benefits of fast developing technologies including cloud, AI and blockchain.”
- The partnership will exchange practices to develop smart ports to serve stakeholders of Abu Dhabi Ports.
- Abu Dhabi Ports has made strides in harnessing digital solutions for trade and port communities.
- Abu Dhabi Ports launched Silsal, a blockchain-based solution for streamlining trade flows and supply chains.
- The MoU is designed to provide consulting services for blockchain and artificial intelligence.
- Abu Dhabi Ports is the operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi.