Abu Dhabi’s container port ready for next phase of expansion

Khalifa Port Container Terminal is ready for the next phase of expansion and that new equipment will be added in 2016 and 2017.

Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer.

Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer.

Annual handling capacity at Khalifa Port Container Terminal will grow to 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units from the current 1.9 million

Abu Dhabi, 8 December, 2015

Port operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals, announced that Khalifa Port Container Terminal is ready for the next phase of expansion and that new equipment will be added in 2016 and 2017 to keep up with demand for services. Abu Dhabi’s main container port is currently on 78% of its handling capacity and the next two years will see Abu Dhabi Terminals enhancing its operational readiness through infrastructural development to meet the expected growth of the local and regional industry.

2015 has proven to be another good year for Abu Dhabi Terminals. As the year’s end approaches, it’s forecasted that a total of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) containers have been handled at Khalifa Port Container Terminal in 2015, up from 1.14 million in 2014.  

Three additional Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes and 10 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes will be added to increase the terminal’s annual capacity and satisfy the future demand and volume growth potential. Annual throughput at Abu Dhabi’s container port will grow to 2.5 million TEUs at the completion of this phase of expansion.  The facility has future expansion capabilities to grow its annual throughput capacity to 5 million TEU.

Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer commented: “Khalifa Port Container Terminal is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers, as well as demonstrating that Khalifa Port offers a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to regional ports. We have also significantly developed our network, going from an initial five to a current 50 international destinations.”

“Through collaboration and diversification of our services, Abu Dhabi Terminals maintains its mission to innovate constantly and continue our growth momentum,” he added.

In three years of operation, traffic through Khalifa Port Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in the Middle East, experiencing double-digit yearly growth and doubling the volume of containers handled. Abu Dhabi Terminals has made significant investments in a polymer packing plant and 2.3 million sq.ft. of warehousing inside the port, offering value-added supply chain services and increasing speed and reliability for shipping lines and trade customers.


About Abu Dhabi Terminals:
Abu Dhabi Terminals’ (ADT) core business is to manage and operate Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) for which it secured the exclusive rights in 2012 by signing a 30-year concession.

With its state-of-the art infrastructure, outstanding productivity levels and innovative approach, KPCT is the region’s first semi-automated port and one of the most technologically advanced and fastest growing container terminals in the world.

Since the official inauguration on 12/12/12, KPCT has grown to support the local market with around 20 weekly container line services to more than 50 international destinations, offering the ideal hub location for connecting local trade with a wide global logistics network.

ADT’s diversification of supply chain services offers a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. The port operator, which is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, Mubadala and Mubadala Infrastructure Partners, garnered a number of achievements in 2014 and its more than 20% year-on-year growth over the past five years can be attributed to its professional team and the strong relationships with the shipping industry and trade community.

For further information, please contact:
Annemarie Franssen
Communications Manager
Abu Dhabi Terminals
Tel.  +971 2 4925022

© Press Release 2015

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