Abu Dhabi ports see 37% increase in H1 cargo volumes

Commercial ports handle 6.4 million freight tonnes during the first six months of 2014
A picture shows Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 26 Jul 2014 11:01 AM

General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports increased by 37 percent in the first half of this year.

ADPC’s commercial ports - Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports - have handled 6.4 million freight tonnes (FT) of general cargo, compared to 4.7 million FT in the same period of 2013.

“These figures show a strong first half of 2014 and indicate a promising six months ahead”, said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC.

He added: “The volume of cargo moving through our ports is on the up. We expect that we will handle more than 12 million FT by the end of this year, compared to 9.5 million FT handled last year.”

While Abu Dhabi’s ongoing economic growth explains some of the increased volumes, ADPC said its work with key customers to consolidate and maximize their supply chain efficiencies is also key including Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) which expects the volume of exported metal to increase from 600,000 tonnes in 2014, to more than 750,000 tonnes from 2015 onwards.

ADPC added that it is enhancing its capacity for general and bulk cargo at Abu Dhabi Ports, with a special focus on Zayed Port.

After announcing an AED20 million investment in essential maintenance work at Zayed Port and the Free Ports in March, ADPC is now remapping all of Zayed Port’s processes, and upgrading the port’s equipment and analysing its business efficiencies to maximise cargo flows.

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