Abu Dhabi Ports Company have reached record highs in the ports of Khalifa and Zayed with volumes only set to increase as the opening of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi draws nearer.
Container traffic and Ro-Ro have seen significant growth in the past twelve months.
Zayed Port saw an increase of 11.7 percent in Ro-Ro traffic as population increase results in greater demand across the Abu Dhabi region.
Khalifa Port terminal handled the most containers ever handled in one month in the Emirate – 104,000 TEU in December of last year.
They also had cause for celebration, hitting the one million TEU benchmark in November – just over a year after opening in September 2012.
These figures are only expected to grow as the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi gets completed. The 420 square kilometre industrial zone planned, has already attracted more than 40 national, regional and international investors, with construction already started within the zone.
Already, Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has built one of the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelters on site.
Brasil foods and Germany’s KSB are just some of the names already planning on using the zone to expand their Middle Eastern/Asian markets.
At Zayed, record highs were reported on the number of cruise vessels docking at the terminal. 93 ships called at the city centre port, trumping the 72 that came to stay in 2012.
Volumes of general and bulk cargo moving through both Khalifa and all of ADPC’s commercial ports remained stable, despite the slowing of the construction industry.
These numbers are expected to increase as many infrastructural projects get underway.
Outside of port activity, ADPC has extended its role as port operator and developer to their Western Region ports, with plans to invest in improving facilities for local communities and businesses.
ADPC CEO, Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi says: “We are pleased to see the growth in RORO and Cruise at Zayed Port, both sectors are ones we are keen to develop as they contribute revenue not just to the port, but also to the wider economic community.
“We congratulate Abu Dhabi Terminals, Khalifa Port’s container terminal operator on the increased volumes last year and for hitting some significant milestone targets. The new ship to shore cranes which arrived last month, increase capacity by 750,000 TEU and the new automated straddle carriers increase the container yard capacity by a further 40%.
“Looking ahead to 2014, we will be working to build on the commercial success of our all of our business segments, while continuing to support local business in the Western Region.”
This news comes immediately after ADPC celebrated the appointment of new executive vice president Gary Lemke (left).
Lemke will take over managerial duties at Abu Dhabi, including the ports of Khalifa and Zayed.
Mr Lemke began his career in Felixstowe in the UK and has more than 20 years of global port, terminal, shipping and transportation experience.