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Khalifa's capacity to be ramped up

25/03/2013
Hong Kong, March 15th, 2013. Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) plans to ramp up capacity at its new port of Khalifa with 1.8M TEU/year expected to be in place by the end of 2013 and 2.5M TEU/year by early 2016.

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) plans to ramp up capacity at its new port of Khalifa with 1.8M TEU/year expected to be in place by the end of 2013 and 2.5M TEU/year by early 2016.

Speaking at TOC Container Supply Chain Asia 2013, Martijn van de Linde, CEO of ADT, said the island on which the port has been developed has a total design capacity of 5M TEU/year.

Van de Linde said the transfer of cargo from the city port of Mina Zayed had gone smoothly, with all clients and the equivalent of 800,000 TEU of annualised traffic moved by the end of 2012.

“Our operations are going very well and volumes are rising as carriers that previously routed cargo by feeder vessels to Abu Dhabi are now putting mainline ships into Khalifa,” he said. “This is because for Abu Dhabi’s shippers and consignees, we have taken costs out of their supply chain.”

He told delegates that he was expecting Khalifa to handle 1.1-1.2M TEU in 2013 and 1.7M TEU in 2015.

Van de Linde stressed that the port was primarily designed to handle Abu Dhabi’s growing non-oil based exports and burgeoning imports and to service the vast Khalifa Industrial Zone and Development Area, but that transhipment cargo would develop naturally as ocean carriers sought to take out costs and optimise their regional networks.

“About 95% of our traffic is currently gateway cargo,” he said, “but I see in two year’s time that up to 20% of our throughput could be transhipment cargo as we can offer new opportunities for the upper Gulf and Indian Sub-Continent, in particular.”