(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) the master developer of ports and industrial zones in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and container terminal operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) recently celebrated a record number of containers handled through Khalifa Port in its first year of operation. In October, more than 100,000 TEUs passed through the port in just one month. These are very significant figures for Khalifa Port and the highest number of containers ever handled in a single month in the Emirate.
A million TEUs is the equivalent of more than six million camels or 18,500 medium-sized dhows. That is a lot of goods being exported and imported into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and as the population continues to grow and the Emirate diversifies its economy, those volumes are predicted to increase.
Currently, Khalifa Port has the capacity to handle 2.5 million TEU with its six super panamax ship to shore cranes, its 30 automated stacking cranes and 20 straddle carriers. This capacity will be developed as the trade increases and the market demand rises.
Mohamed Al Shamisi, acting CEO ADPC said: "One million containers is an important record for Abu Dhabi, not just Khalifa Port. It's a great achievement for everyone working at the port, demonstrating that the container terminal operations are efficiently and effectively handling the growing import and export volumes that the port was designed for."
Martijn Van de Linde, CEO, ADT, termed the accomplishment over the past year, as a "very significant milestone in the development of Khalifa Port."
Khalifa Port also has excellent hinterland connectivity with direct access to one of the world's most modern road networks, good connections to multiple international airports and in the near future, as the very first port in the region, direct rail connection to the GCC rail network. By 2030, as part of the drive to diversify the Emirate's economy away from hydro carbon revenue, Khalifa Port will be able to handle 15 million TEUs a year and together with the adjacent Kizad industrial zone, is expected to contribute 15 per cent of non-oil GDP.