Abu Dhabi Terminals, which runs and handles Khalifa Port Container Terminal, would be paying out Dh400 million in the next three years in the development of the container terminal to cope with more cargo.
The company has continued to expand and add more facilities at the port. This year they improved the cargo space capacity at the storeroom to 200,000 tonnes. They commissioned three new key cranes and ten automated cranes in the yard. They invest and increase ahead of demand to prevent obstruction or overcrowding.
Khalifa port inaugurated in December 2012 has intensified to support the local market with around 20 weekly container line services to more than 50 worldwide destinations connecting Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE with the world souks.
With a 16 metre water depth, the dock is competent of receiving and controlling the biggest ships seafaring the worlds oceans. The harbor has been currently ranked fifth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) harbor efficiency report by the Journal of Commerce based on the number of container moves for each vessel, for every hour at the world’s ports and marine terminals in 2013.
The CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals since 2010 averred that the development figures have been affirmative since the harbor commenced two years ago.
In 2013, the harbor increased by 15%. This year they are looking to enlarge up to more than 20% in terms of container business and that is very optimistic and in line with their prospects.
The CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals accredited this progress to the strong Abu Dhabi economy and the increasing import and export business.
The harbor zone will have a new packing facility for the Abu Dhabi based Borouge plastic products company with a total capacity of 385,000 metric tonnes. They are moving a little away from doing usual harbor activity to giving more facilities to key industries in Abu Dhabi.
Both exports in addition to import business are enlarging at the port. There has been a shift in terms of trade in the UAE. It was import focused but now more and more things are made here. Trade would be balanced between export and import by 2020 in Abu Dhabi.
Main import supplies at the dock are hay, oil and gas related products, metals, paper, construction material, foodstuff, machinery parts, pipes and tyres. The main import destinations are Singapore, Taiwan, China, India, South Korea, Italy, Spain, and USA.
Discussing the upcoming plans for the company, it was said that they would continue to develop the network of ships, boost the capacity and aim to computerize the harbor.
They are also preparing to invest in developing one more dock island ten years down the road and persist to augment in the sea side. It was stated that 2017 will be a great year as Etihad rail line will be linked to the harbor. There will be a direct rail link to Ruwais and Saudi from here.