Abu Dhabi ports witness 37pc cargo growth
Abu Dhabi, July 23, 2014
Abu Dhabi’s commercial ports have witnessed a significant cargo increase of 37 per cent this year.
Abu Dhabi Port Company’s commercial ports - Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports - have handled 6.4 million freight tonnes (FT) of general cargo in the first half of this year, compared to 4.7 million FT in the same period last year, said a statement.
This is an increase of 1.74 million FT this year compared to last year, it said.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, said: “These figures show a strong first half of 2014 and indicate a promising six months ahead.
“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.”
The emirate’s ongoing economic growth explains some of the increased volumes, while ADPC’s work with key customers to consolidate and maximise their supply chain efficiencies is also another reason, he said.
The key customers include local and international businesses such as Emirates Aluminium (Emal), Emirates Steel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec).
EMAL is the anchor tenant in the aluminium cluster of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). The company has a purpose built wharf at the port to shorten the supply chain of raw materials direct from sea to smelter.
Emal and ADPC have also signed a ten-year agreement contracting ADPC to handle all of the logistics involved in exporting high quality aluminium products from Emal’s production site to more than 150 customers worldwide. Emal expects the volume of exported metal to increase from 600,000 tonnes this year, to more than 750,000 tonnes from next year onwards.
Several key infrastructure projects including the midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi Airports, the upcoming Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Museum, and various building projects in the western region, required specialised project cargo and increased volumes of building materials. This is behind the growing import and export activities at Abu Dhabi’s commercial ports, said the statement.
ADPC is also enhancing its capacity for general and bulk cargo at Abu Dhabi Ports, with a special focus on Zayed Port. After announcing a Dh20 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 meet cargo flows in the most efficient way, it added. - TradeArabia News Service