Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate―said it handled 19 percent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The volumes increased to 11.28 million metric tons in the first three quarters of 2015 from 9.49 million metric tons in the same period last year.
This was announced at the first Annual Breakbulk Middle East Conference & Exhibition being hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from October 25 to 28, 2015. The event themed “Projects Meet Logistics” brings together around 2,000 logisticians from around the globe.
Abu Dhabi Ports set a record during the first three quarters of 2015 by handling the highest volumes of general and bulk cargo in two consecutive months―July and August. Combined volumes of around 2.86 million metric tons in these two months marked the highest volumes of general and bulk cargo ever managed by Abu Dhabi Ports.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, “Abu Dhabi Ports’ increased general and bulk cargo volumes in the first three quarters of 2015 prove that our strategy to invest in innovative technologies, state-of-the-art infrastructure and customer focused services has paid off.”
“We are pleased to host the Breakbulk Middle East 2015 for the first time in Abu Dhabi. This is a great opportunity for industry players to learn new trends and developments in logistics and projects sectors,” Al Shamisi said.
Zayed Port, the oldest commercial port in Abu Dhabi, handled the vast majority of steel imported and exported through the Emirate. Zayed Port also witnessed 13 per cent growth in general and bulk cargo volumes in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2014.
New modern cranes and other equipment, and implementation of new technologies like Jade Master Terminal―a terminal operating system ―as part of an ongoing upgrade have helped Abu Dhabi Ports optimize its productivity across the ports. The surge in general and bulk cargo volumes across Abu Dhabi Ports indicates rising import and export activities related to industrial and infrastructure development projects in the Emirate.