Abu Dhabi Ports has established its own feeder services company, ‘Safeen Feeders’, to meet growing trade demands and increase regional connectivity.
In a statement, Abu Dhabi Ports said the new company will serve its mainliner shipper clients and support its operations through “increased connectivity and optimised shipping costs” within and beyond the region.
In addition to serving the UAE and Gulf, it will facilitate trade with the Indian Sub-Continent and allow for a “timely and efficient exchange of container cargo” between mainliner vessels and those on the rotation calling at nine ports located across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and Western India.
The service will be executed in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line (BTL), one of the world’s most renowned feeder service operators, through a vessel sharing agreement.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The launch of SAFEEN FEEDERS significantly strengthens our ability to enhance the competitiveness of our growing base of global customers, and helps our region meet international demands as a trade and logistics hub connecting east and west.
“With the addition of the new service, our shipping clients can expect efficient and cost-effective transhipment feeder solutions with ever-expanding regional and international reach and connectivity.
“These two elements are absolutely vital in today’s increasingly competitive international trade environment.
“By partnering with Bengal Tiger Line, we are not only growing our Abu Dhabi Ports family and creating mutually positive solutions, but we are also significantly broadening our product and service offering to our valued clients and enhancing our contribution to Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.”
Bill Smart, Chief Executive of Bengal Tiger Line, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Abu Dhabi Ports in developing feeder solutions for the region and look forward to jointly promoting SAFEEN FEEDERS’ services in conjunction with our own BTL brand.”
In the medium term, Abu Dhabi Ports and Bengal Tiger Line expect to expand the service to ports in the broader Gulf region. Over the long-term, the new company will explore further service opportunities at container terminals in the Red Sea and East Africa regions.