Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate, has attained double-digit growth in two major cargo sectors during Q1, 2016, with container volumes surging by 5%.
Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) traffic at Khalifa Port saw a 31% increase with 33,687 vehicles, up from 25,709 vehicles in the same period in 2015.
General and bulk cargo across Abu Dhabi Ports saw a 13% upturn, and stood at 3.98 million freight tonnes (FT), as compared to 3.5 million FT registered in Q1, 2015.
The increased volume of general and bulk cargo indicates vigorous import and export activities related to the industrial and infrastructure development projects in the Emirate.
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Increased business activities of companies operating across the Emirate, especially in Kizad and Musaffah industrial area, have also contributed to this growth.
The first quarter results for Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, showed that it handled 5% more containers compared with the same period in 2015.
The terminal moved more than 316,000 TEU, up from more than 302,000 TEU in Q1, 2015. Continuing the last year’s upward trend, the container cargo volumes indicate increasing demands from the Abu Dhabi market.
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Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “These achievements demonstrate Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to its strategy of sustaining performance and growth across all its operations.
“With the guidance of our leadership coupled with the support from our stakeholders and the UAE’s economic stability, we are able to witness such success.
“We aim to continue investing in innovative technologies and solutions, remaining customer focused in our service offerings and in building the capabilities of our national workforce.”
Kizad has a total of more than 90 national and international investors, and 13 million square metres of land leased that represent a total investment of almost US$15 billion.