At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014.
With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate, is handling more cargo than ever before.
Bolstered by rapid growth in polymer exports and transhipment activity across the Gulf, over 772,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units/containers) were handled in the first seven months of 2015, up from 549,000 TEU in the same period in 2014.
Abu Dhabi Terminals also set new productivity records when its operations team handled the vessel APL BOSTON with an average gross crane productivity of 39.81 gross moves per hour (GMPH), resulting in berth productivity of 135.18 GMPH during a 19-hour, 54- minute port stay. Such productivity levels across all the ports have seen the network of Abu Dhabi Ports grow
to more than 100 direct connections to global ports linked to over 36 shipping lines.
In the same period, general and bulk cargo saw growth of 21 per cent to 8.71 million freight tonnes (FT).
In 2015, all roll-on-roll-off (RORO) operations were transferred to Khalifa Port from Zayed Port in light of the growing UAE market for the automotive sector. An enhanced yard and terminal facilities opened the door for increased customer services and provided strategic location and flexible capacity. This transition to Khalifa Port saw volume increase by 11 per cent, given the improved efficiencies and quicker turnaround times in port. Today, Khalifa Port offers
a capacity of about 350,000 vehicles a year.
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Our ability to handle record loads across the cargo and transportation market has been facilitated by our commitment to implementing operational efficiencies and adopting next-generation technologies.”
Over the past seven months, Abu Dhabi Ports has invested heavily in upgrading infrastructure, implementing new technologies and in buying new equipment to expand operations and continue providing unparalleled service to our clients.
At Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad), Abu Dhabi Ports saw a total of 19 Standard Musataha Agreements (SMAs) signed this year with national and international investors including Schmidt ME Logistics, Bin Ali Safecare Medical, Adearest – Polar, and SIDDCO Group.