Abu Dhabi ports post double digit growth in 2013 volumes

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Abu Dhabi Ports Company said on Wednesday that container volumes at both Khalifa Port and Zayed Port registered double-digit growth last year compared to 2012.

Roll on, roll off (RORO) traffic at Zayed Port in the centre of Abu Dhabi rose by 11.7 percent over the last 12 months while container traffic at Khalifa Port increased by 14.6 percent.

Its container terminal handled 104,000 containers (TEU) in December, the most ever handled in one month in the emirate.

A statement said Khalifa Port's import and export activities will continue to grow as the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) is completed.

More than 40 national, regional and international investors have signed lease agreements and started construction of their facilities in the industrial zone.

The statement also said Zayed Port celebrated a record number of cruise vessels calling at its cruise terminal, with 92 ships arriving, up from 72 in 2012.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, ADPC's CEO, said: "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.

"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."

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