Image Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Ports
Image Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Ports

Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) traffic at Khalifa Port witnessed a 31 per cent growth, according to its owner and operator Abu Dhabi Terminals, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, which drove the overall business growth of the company in the first quarter of 2016.

RoRo traffic at Khalifa Port totaled in 33,687 vehicles, compared to 25,709 vehicles in the same period in 2015.

Moreover, general and bulk cargo traffic across Abu Dhabi Ports increased by 13 percent and stood at 3.98 freight tons (FT), compared to 3.5 million FT registered in the first quarter of 2015.

The increased volume of general and bulk cargo was attributed to import and export activities related to the industrial and infrastructure development projects in the Emirate, especially in Kizad and Musaffah industrial area.

In addition, the Q1 results for Khalifa Port Container Terminal showed that the terminal handled five percent more containers compared to Q1 of 2015. The terminal moved 316,996 TEUs more in comparison to 302,151 TEUs in 2015.

“We aim to continue investing in innovative technologies and solutions, remaining customer focused in our service offerings and in building the capabilities of our national workforce,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports said.

Khalifa Port is the first semi-automated container port in the region, currently undergoing its development phase 1 and has an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo. Once its development is completed, the port is expected to increase its capacity for container volumes to 15 million TEUs and 35 million tons of general cargo per year.