Abu Dhabi Sets Annual Cargo Record
Abu Dhabi Ports has set a new annual cargo-volume record in 2015, surpassing its previous record set in 2014.
The company saw a significant increase in volumes during the year in all major sectors including container bulk cargo, as well as increased investments in Khalifa Industrial Zone.
Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPT), which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports – handled 32% more containers.
The terminal moved more than 1.5 million TEU, up from more than 1.1 million TEU in 2014.
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Roll-on-roll-off (RORO) traffic had a 27% upturn, with all RORO operations transferred to Khalifa Port from Zayed Port in 2015 to meet the rising demand.
Better yard and terminal facilities, and services at Khalifa Port have contributed to the upsurge in volumes.
At Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad), Abu Dhabi Ports saw a total of 21 Standard Musataha Agreements (SMAs) signed in 2015 with national and international investors, and three plot-extension SMAs with existing investors.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed with Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development (DED), and SACE Group–Italian Export Credit Agency, to further attract investments into the integrated trade and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Abu Dhabi Ports’ business focus is to deliver value to customers by supporting their thriving businesses through its integrated services and offerings.
“We are proud to be in a position to support the economic growth being witnessed in the Emirate and intend to continuously invest in enabling the nation’s maritime trade and industrial development.
Al Shamisi concluded: “With the support of our wise leadership and dedicated efforts of our employees, stakeholders and partners; we are able to meet the changing requirements of our customers.”