Container volumes at Khalifa Port surges 41 %

ADT's shareholder, Abu Dhabi Ports, published its January - July 2015 results indicating that Abu Dhabi is handling more cargo than ever.

At Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014.

Bolstered by rapid growth in polymer exports and transshipment activity across the Gulf, over 772,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units/containers) were handled in the first seven months of 2015, up from 549,000 TEU in the same period in 2014.

Abu Dhabi Terminals also set new productivity records when its operations team handled the vessel CMA CGM Thames with an average gross crane productivity of 46.38 gross moves per hour (GMPH), resulting in berth productivity of 206 BMPH just under a 13-hour port stay.

July 2015 has been a record cargo month for ADT at KPCT making it the busiest months since inception with the most cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s main port. Container volumes in July recorded a third straight month of growth with a volume totaling 142,747 TEUs, surpassing the previous volume record of 132,297 TEUs handled in December 2014.

With these impressive numbers ADT is on track to handle a record level of containers for the current calendar year.

At Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad), Abu Dhabi Ports saw a total of 19 Standard Musataha Agreements (SMAs) signed this year with national and international investors including Schmidt ME Logistics, Bin Ali Safecare Medical, Adearest – Polar, and SIDDCO Group. These projects will represent     one million square metres plot size. The agreements expose their business to outstanding access to markets, world-class infrastructure and dedicated investor support. To date, around 80 national and international investors have chosen Kizad as their production or logistics base – nine of these will have completed construction and will be fully operational by the end of this year.

SOURCE : Abu Dhabi Terminals