Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has agreed a deal with Abu Dhabi Ports that will see it use capesize bulkers to import bauxite into the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Under the deal the port operator will dredge and widen the channel at Khalifa Port to enable the large bulkers to berth fully-laden.

EGA said the use of capesize bulkers will reduce the need for transshipment of all or some of its cargoes to smaller vessels outside the port, which will reduce long-term shipping costs and improving environmental performance.