Abu Dhabi Ports has announced significant volume increases across all of its different import and export trades in Q1, 2015, including its Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which has seen a 35% increase in volumes handled.
Khalifa saw a 26% year-on-year container volume increase in 2014 after achieving an average of 34 container moves per hour. Khalifa is currently one of the top ten growing container terminals in the world.
The number of TEU at the container terminal has increased year-on-year from 224,080 in 2014 to 302,151 in 2015.
One of the reasons behind this increase is the number of new shipping lines calling at the port and new connections to ports around the region and the world.
Abu Dhabi Ports has more than 100 direct connections to global ports and over 36 shipping lines calling at its ports.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “Last year our general and bulk cargo increased by 37% over the entire year. This trend looks set to continue looking at our latest figures, as containers, general and bulk cargo have all increased by more than 30% to date.
“This healthy growth is the result of increased import/export activity around various industrial development projects in the emirate and work resuming on some of the Emirates major infrastructure projects.”
So far, the ports have handled a total of more than 3.5 million tonnes of general and bulk cargo in Q1, 2015, compared with the more than 2.6 million figure in the same period of 2014.
Al Shamisi concluded: “This is a great start to the beginning of the year and we will be working hard with our customers to support and sustain this trade growth. Increased import and export activity underpins Abu Dhabi Ports core objective which is to support trade and development across the Emirate.”
Khalifa Port recently announced that it had employed the first quay-crane operator in the United Arab Emirates as a way of promoting gender equality.